|Mumbai, July 28 :
Designer Anita Dongre
is set to
pay tribute to Indian textiles
with a collection called "Urban
Princess" at the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week
, which begins Aug 3.
The designer will present her collection Aug 5, which also happens to be the Indian Textile Day
collection is a blend of traditional Indian textiles
styled in a
contemporary way, for the urban, well travelled and sophisticated Indian
woman. The designs will bring together hand woven textiles from
Benares, ikat from Andhra Pradesh and vegetable block prints from Bhuj,"
The designer feels "pity" to see the condition of
Indian art and craft today and hopes that her collection will help make a
"It is a pity that even though India has such
beautiful historical art forms and skilled craftsmen, we do not
acknowledge them and focus on working with common fabrics. Thus, I feel
that this collection will appeal to Indians and other fashion conscious
people all over the world," she told IANS.
"As Indian designers,
our job is to work with what India has to offer and keep the ethnicity
in our collections as that is the main aspect that differentiates us
from designers abroad. To do this, we have to make our silhouettes more
modern and contemporary, which is what I have done with this
collection," she added.
The silhouettes in her collection vary
from cigarette pants, jackets, dresses and blouses. The colour palette
includes shades like emerald greens, reds and royal blues combined with
browns and blacks.© IANS