The evening began with the sounds of Sufi music by Deveshi Sahgal and her band, set amidst the foliage of metallic trees. This set the mood for a collection that took intricate Indian craftsmanship and made it contemporary for a bride who is resplendent, confident and radiant– a woman of today. The presentation, combined traditional weaves and exquisite embroideries with silhouettes influenced by contemporary styles for both brides and grooms. Beautiful SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) embroidered tabards were styled with tulle skirts, Mushroo and hand-embroidered tea-length dresses shared stage with exquisite gottapatti lehengas. Every ensemble told the story of nature in hues of blue, rich maroons, inky black, and a stunning emerald green. With this collection Anita Dongre introduced obi belts to hold drapes, embroidered flat shoes and cross-body potli bags that give a bride space to truly enjoy her day while the clothes take care of her instead of the other way around.
Anita Dongre’s outfits were complemented by stunning pieces from Pinkcity, her fine jewelry label of uncut diamonds. Starting with a contemporary presentation of minimal jewelry, the show built up to resplendent bridal couture with layered pieces. Completing the look was the nearly nude make up inspired by her muse- the woman of today. A touch of gold on the eyes and amodern take on the centre parted bun for hair, celebrated a fresh, lighter aesthetic.
Also part of the collection were classic menswear looks. Tree Of Love struck a perfect balance between elegance and comfort for today’s brides and grooms to enjoy their wedding day. The designer made a strong statement with the showstopperlook in traditional red flanked by her bridesmaids in classic gold.
Speaking at the occasion, Anita said, “Tree of love is a collection that is special to me. It is inspired by everything I love and respect- memories of childhood summers in the garden with my grandfather and the spiritual reverence for nature that the Bishnoi tribe shares. I’ve married together my love for trees, rich Indian craftsmanship and music into one collection making this a true work of joy.”