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Going chocolaty


Woody brown, blue green, indigo, violet, plum red, black, white and ivory are some of the colours Anju Modi will play with at this LIFW



CHOCOLATE ICING: Designer Anju Modi with model Nayamika Chatterjee.

It was a moment of "rejoicing" for fashion designer Anju Modi when she unveiled "the chocolaty woman" at New Delhi's The Grand the other day. Bearing a chocolate pot on her head and a bucketful of chocolate in her hands, "the chocolaty woman" is the creation of the hotel's Chef Ayub Salim. But then, the chef has a reason to create this pure chocolate magic with his hands. It is to synchronise with Anju's designer line with "a chocolate theme" for the coming Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW).

"I just love the colour brown and am beginning to admire this particular woman beautifully made by the chef. It is his expertise which is simply amazing and adorable," says a beaming Anju.

Talking about her collection for the LIFW, she discloses, "I took inspiration from the Indus valley civilisation. Somehow, during my research from Rajasthan back to the Harappan civilisation, I found silver was used a lot in printing. So with this range, I have revived this age-old culture by giving it a contemporary look. It looks simply amazing when crafted on fabric."

Trying to give her collection "a unique and worn with time" look and feel, Anju says she attempted to bring alive in her creations the ancient works of art. "I have retained the spirit of ancient beauty that led to many plazas and palaces in the past. Excavations of the ancient Mohenjodaro and Harappan civilisation - coins, sculptures, scriptures and engravings - all bring the feeling of nostalgia and appreciation of the past that is hardly there now," feels Anju.

Having done lot of silver work on prints, Anju explains, "I have used natural fibres like hand woven silk in various forms, cotton, linen, suede and chiffon with a touch of the luminous metallic shine of silver to offset the matt look. You will find lot of contrasts, rubber print, block print, silver leaf printing, tracing its origins to the 12th Century, three dimensional block printing predominant in ancient Rajasthan and the rare embellishment style of white on white in my collection."

Accessorising her collection with rustic jewellery, bags and shoes or sandals that tie around the ankle, flowing skirts, Jodhpuri and knee length capris adapted to the Indian context, Anju has tried to give an Indo-Western look to her models. She shares, "In terms of market, there is more visibility since my collection has practical clothing. It is more wearable."

Pointing out one of her outfits worn by model Nayanika Chaterjee on the occasion, Anju explains, "The silhouette is is in triangular cut. She has put her arms inside this top and has tied the top with the belt. As you can see, in earlier times, the tribals used to drape cloth on their body and put a brooch either on their shoulders or on their waistline for support. To give a metallic feel of those days, I have used the jewellery of that age."

As for the future, she is ready to make a splash at the Miami Fashion Week, which is scheduled for this September-October. She discloses, "I am showcasing the same collection there too, but at this stage I am concentrating on LIFW. I believe that through this platform, I will be able to make my mark in the domestic as well as the international market."

Woody brown, blue green, indigo, violet, plum red, black, white and ivory are some of the colours Anju will play with at this LIFW.

BHAWNA SATSANGI

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