Archana Kochhar @ Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2012

By: Anita Balsara & Himanshu Pandey, Vogue+ Bureau, Mumbai | Feb 28, 2012

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(Pics: Sunil Sunder Kirpalani; Sketches: Archana Kochhar)

An accomplished couturier Archana Kochhar unleashes a typographical themed collection christened as KATHPUTLI  KATHAK at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2012, Vogue+ Correspondents Anita Balsara & Himanshu Pandey divulges that her collection embodies a very pragmatic line of ensembles with just the right touches of style and drama…

KATHPUTLI KATHAK is a dancing marionette puppet, paramount in the beautiful and radiant state of Rajasthan. The tribes of Rajasthan have been performing this art form since ages and it has become the vital part of Rajasthani culture and tradition. No village fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan can be complete without the Kathputlis. Kathputli was a system of patronage supported by kings and affluent families. These puppets were not only a source of entertainment, but also provided moral and social education.

The collection is inspired by these Dancing Dolls and the bright and vibrant colors of Rajasthan. It denotes the different celebrations that are blissfully celebrated in this rich state. The garments are playful and twirl with movement, a splash of bright neon colors is transmitted to elevate the look and give a modern twist to it.

The collection is on the lines of the fusion of Indian and western attires and presenting Indian attire in a modern light, it comprises of the varied kurtas and kameezes that are light weight, flared and which swirl and twirl easily. The ensemble gets a delightful uplift in the form of draped tunics with pleats, layers and gathered detailing.

The look is further paired with full patiala, dhoti pants and harem in lycra which adds to a soft movement to the constructed traditional silhouettes. It further flows with floor length anarkalis, paithani kurta with lehenga and garments are crafted with splendid blends of fabrics ranging from raw silk, tussar silk, georgette, Colorado Lycra, cotton and crape.

The garments are embellished and adorned with colourful wool work which is manipulated in different forms and modes, transparent neon cut outs, appliqué cutwork, sprinkled with crystal dust to add some sheen and sparkle.

The colour palette run through are bold, contrasting neon colors of electric blue, fuchsia pink, lime green, bring yellow, beige, white and black.

“Each creation of my collection Kathputli Kathak is crafted to perfection with imaginative construction and embellishments. I am confident that it will bedazzle you and revitalize your soul as you will sway through the evening. I am also looking at constructive feedback that I always rely on to constantly better my work,” concluded the coveted designer.