Diksha Khanna’s new collection is about being strong and unafraid
MUMBAI-based designer Diksha Khanna is attempting to make more than one statement with her latest collection, Burnt. Her
Fall/ Winter 2016 collection that’s about to arrive at two multi-designer stores in Hyderabad – Angasutra and Talasha – is inspired by acid attack victims who are now role models for others. With this line, Khanna not only raises the stakes in eco-friendly fabric-based fashion, but also makes a social comment on women empowerment.
In September this year, 19-year-old Reshma Quereshi made the strongest and one of the most relevant of all fashion statements at the New York Fashion Week. This spunky survivor, who recovered from a brutal acid attack in 2014, looked stunning as she walked the prestigious runway in an Archana Kochhar outfit and stole the show. “Stories of women like Quereshi, who are brave and accept themselves beautifully, has inspired me. I have read about these victims and followed their stories. My collection is for those unafraid women who embrace themselves,” says the designer, who was mentored by ace designer Wendell Rodricks.
Close to nature
The designer, who took part in the Mysore Fashion Week in September, started working on her Fall/Winter collection six months ago. “I ensured that the fabrics used are organic , with pre-washed linens like Chanderi cotton and khadi,” says the 34-year-old, adding that she aimed to use breathable fabrics. The collection is comprised of flowy dresses with draped silhouettes. “The colour palette that we decided to go with is ivory and ecru,” says Khanna, adding that there are stylishly cut A-line pants and shirts to go with it as well. Interestingly, the edges of the dresses have been hand-burnt for a distinctive finish. The collection is scheduled to arrive in the city at the end of this month.
In the stores
Apart from Burnt, Khanna’s Autumn/Winter collection also finds inspiration in the snow-capped mountains – creating the line called Deep Breathe. These are inspired by the icwwy peaks, so blue is the primary colour that rules the palette. Much like Burnt, this collection also uses soft pre-washed linen and is crafted around clean cuts.
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