Bharat Adiani's latest Heer collection is an ode to Chikankari traditions
MAKING LUCKNOW’S POPULAR craftwork chikankari his muse, Bharat Adiani launched his latest collection Heer last month with the tagline, Break the Code. The dreamy ethnic edit on light and fluid fabrics with modern silhouettes can effortlessly make a statement this festive season.
Talking about the collection, city-based couturier Bharat Adiani says, “The Lucknowi chikankari is rich craftsmanship of the Northern state and we decided to make an entire range on the heritage embroidery. Also, to make it more contemporary matching the taste of the present-day women, we have added modern silhouettes and cuts to it.” One can find a mix of sharara, gharara and anarkali in the collection with subtle twists — like their ivory-hued anarkali in chiffon, with chikankari work with a plunging back and broad pleated lace at the hem. Paired with a gorgeous dupatta, the ensemble is apt for a festive occasion. We also loved a sleeveless sharara in blush pink with floral chikankari work, blending easily with criss-cross embroidery on the latter half of the kameez.
Talking about the label 36-year-old Adiani says, “I think the USP of our brand is that we make every woman feel special when they adorn our outfits on their special occasions.” Georgettes and crepes too form an integral part of the collection and the flowy nature of the fabrics offer a distinct character to the silhouettes. Featuring a subdued colour palette, expect shades of light pink, misty yellow and whites. A fan of Madhuri Dixit Nene, Adiani who started the label two years ago, hopes that the actor will sport his clothing some day. “There are a lot of celebrities whom I would love to see in my creations but the most favourite among them would be the one and only diva Madhuri Dixit,” says Adiani, for whom fashion is about comfort.