India. The country has always held this certain charm for me, thanks to the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and Jhumpa Lahiri’s lyrical prose for her anthology of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. And now, I discover that India also shows promise of infiltrating the fashion world with their exotic culture exploding in an awe-inspiring mix of color intricate embroidery.
Uniquely exotic: Anupamaa’s Santee Maxi Dress
Anthropologie‘s Made in Kind project was launched to highlight both established and emerging talents of the fashion world. This month, they plucked several labels from India’s Fashion Week they believed showed promise– and we agree! Check out these 3 maxi dresses that convey the beauty (and talent!) of India.
1) Devaki Maxi Dress, $298, Hemant & Nandita
This sheer, pleated maxi dress feature stylized pimpernels pushing upwards from its elaborate, floor-length hemline to the V-shaped neckline. Notable are the intricate embroidered shoulder lapels on this sleeveless silk maxi dress.
2) Santee Maxi Dress, $298, Anupamaa
Bring a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe via this tomato-red, pleated silk maxi. The dress features hot-pink polka dots, a quirky floral print on the hem, and large blue butterflies on the crinkled chiffon back.
3) Parvati Maxi Dress, $298, Hemant & Nandita
This tart, citrus yellow silk chiffon dress steals the show with its embroidered shoulders, and printed, multicolored scrollwork from top to its floor-skimming hemline. This diaphanous maxi dress features a pin-tucked style which gives it that slight hint at structure and shape.
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