Hello sexiness on the runway. Designer Anju Modi presented her “Manikarnika” collection of gold embroidered lehengas and saris, but it was the menswear that caught our eye.
Inspired by the paintings of Ajanta-Ellora Caves, Anju Modi presented a collection that felt both contemporary and vintage in its use of colour, draping, cut and embroidery. Indian actress Kangana Ranaut (who we love!) has been Instagramming for Anju Modi at India Couture Week, and she joined the designer on the runway in a beautiful black, raw silk, high-waisted lehenga paired with a boat neck, long sleeved blouse that we’ve added to our must purchase list.
We also love Anju Modi’s use of the Mughal jama (frock-style kurta for men) and her reimagining of the navy three-piece suit as an embroidered blazer paired with a navy dhoti. Men: add this to your must-try list. Why be ordinary?
Trends for Women: Long sleeved blouses for saris and lehengas. High-waisted lehengas, bandhala or long sheer jackets with dhoti-style pants, boat-necks and v-necks, lace.
Trends for Men: Embroidered velvet shawls, dhotis paired with embroidered blazers. Be bold and try the Mughal-inspired jama, a floor-length frock-style kurta, or swap the pants in your three-piece suit for a dhoti.
Colours: Navy blue, grey blue, gold, burgundy, crimson, pumpkin, dusty pink.
Styling: Saris and lehengas with booties of the same colour. For men, groomed facial hair translated into trimmed or curled moustaches and side part gelled hair (think Suits, not a little boy). Lush velvet shawls for men and women.