Anju Modi’s collection was a story of reincarnation called ‘Mahikarnika’ presented by Reliance Jewels that created a fashionable journey through time. With the Ajanta and Ellora paintings and Khajuraho sculptures as her muse for the embellishments; Anju revived the age-old craft and ancient techniques.
Keeping the colour of the story earthy with sepia tones of sand and old rose, Anju added rich jewel shades of burgundy, ruby and emerald for lush fabrics that ranged from net, velvet, tussar and silk. Intricate resham embroidery for a long sleeve choli teamed with mosaic motifs in white and gold for a lehenga was one of the highlights. Tulle saris were edged in gold with sculpted embroidery. Dhoti pants replaced churidars for floor skimming, swirling, grey, net embroidered kurtas or were worn with sharply cut long sleeve jackets.
Empire-line kalidaars in shades of gold were layered over paneled skirts, cropped long sleeved jackets with tie-ups, extended sleeve caps for ornate blouses and layered velvet lehengas added to the charm of the bridal wear. Cholis remained constant with long sleeves with asymmetric closures and interesting necklines at times with lapels to add drama to the saris.