Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Summertime splendour for Anita Dongre's show


And then Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput stepped onto the grass lawn and into your heart. They were the sweet showstoppers at Anita Dongre’s Songs of Summer show, presented by R|Elan at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 on Wednesday. This one was not at Jio Garden but on the terrace lawn of ITC Grand Central with live music adding to the action.

To get an idea of what transpired, here’s a note: In the hush of a summer garden, the bride steps onto an aisle of verdant nature, tall beautiful trees swaying their branches to her rhythm. Flowers, butterflies and birds sing words of deep ethereal love. Fireflies light up her path towards a bright new future. Inspired by the beauty of blooming gardens and summer flowers, this collection boasts of luxurious handcrafts and printed stories of love entwining for a magical summer wedding.

Capturing the true essence of summer, the collection combines a symphony of subtle pastels, exquisite light fabrics and floral and botanical motifs, celebrating two souls in love, exchanging vows against the rustic beauty of earth and of life. Every ensemble tells the story of nature in muted tones of blush, sage, powder blue, yellow and pristine white – reminiscent of a beautiful summer garden.

With this collection, Anita brings back 50’s inspired pleated midi skirts, jumpsuits, wrap tops, long line jackets, tunics and crop tops with light hand embroidery, zardosi and gottapatti details. Classic lehengas and draped saris in cool fabrics such as modal, lightweight hand-woven silks and cottons in Benares with customised flower pattern, bridges the fashion eras of the traditional and the contemporary for a bride who is resplendent, confident and radiant – a woman of today.