With India Couture Week 2017 almost upon us, we don’t blame you for wanting to jump the gun. A sentiment clearly shared by designer Anita Dongre who began the festivities early by sneaking a few pieces from her Autumn/Winter ’17 line-up online.
Called the ‘Tree of Love’, the collection is her love letter to the Bishnoi tribe from Thar, Rajasthan that charted history by forming a human fort around a grove of khejri trees to prevent them from being uprooted by the then-Maharajah, Abhay Singh of Jodhpur. Inspired by their sacrifice, the designer has pledged to plant a tree each time a piece from the collection is sold.
Likewise, the khejri plays a starring role in her Couture Week ’17 presentation as the key motif on the lehengas. The Anita Dongre bride this season comes in monochrome lehengas and gowns; the crème gold that you loved in her Alchemy collection from earlier this year returns in the form of delicate champagne-coloured capes. Anita’s flair for drama is encapsulated by a generous helping of tulle and organza underneath to provide fuller, luxurious silhouettes. Top it off with a tiered polki necklace set and matha patti, and you’re ready for your moment in the spotlight.
First look at Anita Dongre’s Tree of Love collection
Inside Grassroot by Anita Dongre’s New York outpost
The designer will be showcasing her new collection at the India Couture Week ’17 on 29th July, after returning on a high from the launch of Grassroot by Anita Dongre’s first store on American shores. If you haven’t been there yet, here’s what you’re missing.