Of Nizams and begums: Anushree Reddy's winter/festive collection is rooted in royalty
This Saturday, Anushree Reddy will present her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 in Mumbai. And what does this celebrity designer from Hyderabad have in store this time? Known for her glamorous and feminine designs, she has chosen Princess Niloufer as her inspiration for what will be her 10th presentation at LFW. Fashionistas in the city are eagerly anticipating the unveiling of her collection as no mention of royalty in the city is complete without the daughter-in-law of the last Nizam of Hyderabad.
Like a legend
With her collection Titled, Niloufer: A Tale of the Beloved Begum of Hyderabad, she has attempted to recreate designs that reflect the glorious life of the last of the Ottoman princess and her love for pastel colours. “It is a celebration of her life,” says the designer, known for her bridal couture. But coming up with ensembles influenced by the ‘Kohinoor of Hyderabad’ has its own set of challenges, admits the designer as the legend of Niloufer still continues to intrigue Hyderabadis. Hence, she spent quite a bit of time researching and zeroing in on the details. “The collection took about three months to shape from start to finish,” says alumnus of the London School of Economics.
The princess who enthralled Indians and Europeans alike with her sartorial choices was known for her minimalist elegance. Hence, Anushree also has decided to keep her presentation simple. “For the showcase, I will be keeping the accessories to a bare minimum to highlight the embellishment on the outfits,” says the designer, adding that one can expect hand embroidery on the ensembles. The motifs on her fall collection are inspired by the royal architecture and jewellery of the Mughal era.
The floral-hued details on the ensembles will be the highlight of her bridal couture this season. One can expect to find a lot of scallop details, flirty frills, clean cut silhouettes, ruffle detailing and sleek layering. The colour scheme will include peachy pinks going into burnt oranges to sunset yellows and then golds. To add to the regal nature of the clothing, Anushree has designed beautiful garments in traditional zardosi. Soon after the show, in a few weeks, her collection will be available at her Banjara Hills studio.
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