Anita Dongre’s “Urban Goddess,” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2012 was all about berry tones, pencil skirts, and rich, regional Indian fabrics.

Designer Anita Dongre had this to say about her collection: “This season, my main source of inspiration was the idea of a modern-day princess. She is beautiful, confident, elegant, and most of all, feminine – the epitome of a true Anita Dongre woman. This collection is for the global woman with an Indian heart, thus, emphasis is given to fashion, wearability and traditional Indian fabrics. ”

Colour trends: Red, magenta, green, gold, beige, nude, bronze and black.

Fashion trends: Gold motifs and ikat prints. Knee and calf-length pencil skirts and sheaths, fitted bodices, soft unstructured jackets, and cigarette pants. Elegant lenghas created with Benarasi weave silk and minimal embroidery.

What we loved: Style direction from the 1950s and 60s (Mad Men is still influencing fashion internationally), details like quilted hemlines, bodices and jackets, and the use of sumptuous Benarasi, raw and Mushru silks, ikat prints, and vegetable dyed block prints from Bhuj. The sleeveless red and black silk print kurta suit (below left), paired with red cigarette pants is elegance defined.

Star spotting: Indian actresses Gul Panag, Prachi Desai and Shabana Azmi in the front row (left to right below).

Photography: Lakme Fashion Week and Anita Dongre