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ANUPAMA DAYAL
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Voyager inspirations are a dime a dozen in Fashion but Anupama Dayal's muse is a globetrotting woman who puts effort into what she packs on vacation. Dayal's designs are bohemian glamour steeped in Indian craft and if the "I need all of this now" spontaneous response from fashion editors at her show on the first day of Amazon India Fashion Week is indication, the designer should have another hit on her hands!!

 

This season, her collection themed 'Fida-e-Lucknow' was steeped in influences from the textile craft of Lucknow; from the first look, it was evident the showing was a sumptuous distillation of Anupama's strengths — a contemporary, take on classic textile crafts; Anupama worked with Chikankari karigars to create a white on white line and gave a spin to ancient needlecraft to create globally relevant looks. The second line, however, was splashed in Anupamaa pop colours of yellow- coral- fuchsia! As the show progressed, I loved the way she used dagger, sword and kite motifs, native to Lucknow, on sundresses and drop-waist dress, kurtas and dhoti pants, bikinis and throws, sarongs and asymmetrical dresses——fringed with tassels handmade by women in Munirka village to empower them with sustainable income.

 

As the showing concluded, I couldn't help marvelling how each garment could be worn as a separate or eclectically mixed within the collection. And the subtle sensuousness in the cutouts on the waist and shoulder. Although the looks were pure Anupamaa in spirit, she had broken out of the box… broken out of her signature style to reinvent chikankari with white-on-white intricately embroidered ensembles lifted with sequins… and showcased a collection so radically different from her previous body of work.

— JASMEEN DUGAL
Photographs — VINOD KUMAR FOR EXPLOSIVE FASHION

 
 
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