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ANAND KABRA
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Known for his research-heavy inspirations, Anand Kabra's work has always had a certain sobriety. It was a welcome change then to find a youthful frivolity in the styling of his latest collection and a lightness to the garments. However despite the lightened-up tone, this collection was as rich with hand work as past outings. The designer worked a classic mythology vibe... referencing Pakistani legend Faiz Ahmed Faiz's 'Shaam' and calling upon his archetypal figure (an exotic woman Taramati who longed for her lover in the fortressed walls of Golconda) to inflect his work. 

Sounds heavy but the influence was compelling. Mythological resonance rang through the collection that pieced together Taramati's story partly from his creative prowess and partly from the attributes of the baradari. The inlay pattern and borders of tiles, fragmented mosaics, 'jali' patterned windows and arches of doorways formed the base for prints and embellishments on cotton, silk, georgette, chiffon and crepe de chine. Despite the rich narrative, the collection boiled down to salable items like the jail print dress and white-and-gold saris. The strongest bits coupled wearability with mythology. So did the glow that surrounded the show—from the lighting to the palette—lime and gold... deep blue and ivory... kohl and sindoor.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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