LFW 2017: Pastel Perfection And Floral Frenzy At Anushree Reddy
Using florals, pastels or a combination of them both is nothing groundbreaking in itself but to introduce these as a bridal theme, now that is groundbreaking. With her own blend of florals and pastels, Anushree Reddy managed to carve her niche and establish herself as a go-to designer for the new-age bride. And the designer continued to work with her mainstays through her new collection, ‘An Indian Summer,’ that she recently presented at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017.
Anushree loves flowers and she loves pastels and this latest collection is just another expression of the same. When there weren’t the beautiful floral-printed georgettes there were summery whites adorned with tiny pearls all over and strategically positioned, thread embroidered floral motifs, in pretty shades of pink and purple. A sole lime green and grey 3-piece set complete with grey palazzos, sleeves green crop-top and unstructured cardigan (both made elaborate with zardozi work) also made an appearance.
What brought on a vibe of freshness to the collection were the unusual and flowy drapes, that made for some really interesting silhouettes. Take, for example, the blue and green one-shouldered belted number, a beige and orange floral dress with a high-low hem layered over a beige mini and another blue-orange number with the signature floral georgette styled in complex drapes and layered over a blue sheer. And talking of sheer, tulle was one of the dominant fabrics in the collection apart from georgette, chiffon and silk.
Impressive as these numbers were, these weren’t really the highlight of the collection. That honour went to Reddy’s beautifully crafted lehengas that imbibed all the must-haves of a contemporary-meets-traditional ensemble. The modern cuts, flow silhouettes and rich sheers were fused with traditional zardozi work and beading. The braided buns with a few escaped tresses that the models sported further added to the character of this vibrant summer story.
As for the menswear, the designer seems to have understood the Indian man’s approach to ethnic wear, one that is marked by minimalism. Fine silks in subtle shades of blue, fawn and hints of orange, green and yellow. But even the menswear manifested the signature florals either by way of churidars and Nehru jackets or in the form of pocket squares.
From Anushree’s beaming collection, we picked two favourites, one each from women’s wear and men’s wear. Here, take a look…
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani