Summer, with its easy fits and flowing silhouettes, is well and truly out of the way, and now, the focus shifts to the festive months ahead. Taking on the monsoon head-on is designer Anavila Misra who has teamed up with Good Earth to create a line of elegant festive-friendly clothing that promises to serve as an antidote to the wet and gloomy days.
“When we were in talks with Good Earth about this collection, we were told they wanted something festive and dressy. But linen is very casual. So the whole thought behind this collection was about striking a balance between heavy festive wear and light, comfortable linen,” says Anavila who is considered the pioneer of the linen sari.
Taking cues from the overcast skies, the designer has gone with a darker colour palette, that veers from seaweed green to a deeper shade of sky blue. The festive edge comes from the skillful and clever use of khatwa (a Bihari applique technique) and hand embroidery that bring in just the right amount of opulence, while allowing the Anavila aesthetic to come through. “The khatwa work is done with zari. And as usual, we’ve used 90 per cent linen and the rest is silk,” explains Anavila. In addition to saris, the collection, which will be showcased at the Good Earth store starting Saturday (Chennai 21-22, Hyd June 29 - July 1), also includes a selection of tunics, blouses and trousers.
“One of the standout pieces from the collection is an ensemble that includes a tunic with floral embroidery done with silver thread, and a pair of trousers and matching dupatta with zari. The way zari has been used is beautiful — it’s very delicate and subtle,” she shares. She also lists the blouses as statement pieces. “They all have detailed work on the back, such as bird motifs done in zari,” she reveals.
While she’s currently busy with her Autumn/Winter line, she’s also working on a new silhouette, which should be out soon. “What we need is beautifully made shirts that suit the Indian body type. So I’m trying to create a shirt that is custom created for Indian women,” she says signing off.
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