Anoushka G’s ‘Around the World 2013’ collection brings a tropical current to the runway. Under the denominations of BEACH, SOUTH AMERICA, JAPAN, 1920s NEW YORK, 1950s LONDON, and VENICE, she pinpoints the ceremonial reflection of each nation whilst adopting a native defining factor for each line.
Like Sirens of the sea, her beach maidens sway in free-flowing chiffon with bandeau bodice creating Grecian lines in silver-infused silks and pure white chiffons. The exaggerated sides of waterfall skirting enhance the tranquil feel of beach-life.
Frida Kahlo inspired headdresses bring forth her South American influence, with midi-lengths and an abundance of ivory feathering creating a Latin dominance. Sequin embellishments and figure hugging beading inspire visualizations of a fiery flamenco dancer.
Chopsticks and flowers decorate the tight buns of the Japanese brides, with ornate and elegant prints garnishing the kaftan shapes. Corded lace creates fishtail forms, whilst heavily laced kaftan shapes adorned with oriental flowers and glittering sequins enhance the snowflake coloring of the dresses.
Drop-waists and streamlined silvery figures appeal to the Charleston girl within Anoushka’s 1920s New York bride. Feathers are heavily featured here too, and deepened glamour hones the expressive lifestyle of a 1920s socialite. A quintessential ‘jazz baby’ is conveyed through draped cowl backs, diamanté trims and mesh necklines.
More mesh necklines and arms reign in 1950s London. Doily prints and Empire lace cavort with regal flairs and flowers. Guipure lace is proudly proffered and through its distinctive overlay, Anoushka creates a key piece of the empire pencil dress with matching lace jacket.
Venice completes the round trip tour with glittering statement pieces. Peplum waists, exaggerated shoulders and tulle draping train lines offer a Venetian touch, whilst open backs, rose sleeves and vintage beading amplify the chaste presentation. Notions of the sanctity of communion are empowered by applique flowers and the Roman-Catholic Mary Mother floor length voile headdress.
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Images by Shahid Malik
Article by Chanelle Best-Williams