Anju Modi brings her Draupadi story to the city, with ghagras, flowing robes and some Bollywood romance
VETERAN designer Anju Modi was in her element last year, be it with the much-lauded costumes for the Bollywood film Ram-Leela, or her contemporary rendition of Draupadi. Besides the three-layered ghagras for Deepika Padukone, and the much researched crafts of Gujarat, her runway saw khadi, bhandani, mulmul and other earthy fabrics, fashioned into army jackets, high-waist palazzos and more. In Chennai to meet with her clients and take a quick break before the frenzy that is Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2014 begins, Modi shares how the spirit of Ram-Leela extended to almost everything she did in 2013.
The designer observes that Chennai has always understood her craft and aesthetics, which is why she has brought along cotton, chanderi and khadi for the hot days ahead. Sharing that she will be making a quick getaway to sample the masala dosa that she is partial to, Modi is happy that clients identify with her collection. Referencing the warrior woman, empowerment and Draupadi’s swayamvara, there are outfits in burnt oranges and gold for the ‘marriage to the Pandavas,’ royal blue and maroon for the Game of Dice, and ochre, ivory and blush pink for Draupadi’s devotion towards Lord Krishna. The cage is a popular embroidery motif, and fine zardozi embellished anarkalis and saris add to the collection.
A lot of Modi’s Ram-Leela inspired outfits are at Evoluzione. Look out for borders with elephants or printed flowers, gold gota work and a dizzy mix of fabrics. Choose from details like brocade borders and patches, mirror work patches, embroidery, silver work printing and more. The fabrics have been painstakingly sourced.
All hail Alice
Incidentally, this will be the last we see of the seductive and free-spirited muse for the moment, for Modi will soon be launching into a dainty phase. At LFW, her new collection is Alice in Wonderland-inspired, with dainty expression, elegant chiffons and fine 500 count khadi. ‘‘It is a philosopy, an Utopian state of mind. My clothes are always wearable, for all kinds of people,’’ says Modi, adding that she has brought along some of her jewellery as well.
Pricing from Rs. 7,000 for the jewellery and Rs. 15,000 onwards for the clothes.From 11 am onwards, today. Details: 28333627