Every 2 or 3 years there comes a phase where I decide that I am going to wear only Indian clothes for the rest of my life. It starts off with me wearing salwar-kameez AND the scarf. In just a couple of days’ time I get rid of the scarf and by the end of the week I am wearing the usual jeans and t-shirt.
Indian clothes are graceful; They make an elegant attire, for women and men. It’s just me. I feel very old in them and I’m forced to behave myself which is a sacrifice I’m not willing to make! Come festive season though, I’m all for competing with the bride and giving Sabyasachi models a run for their money. Just joking.
As I’ve mentioned several times before, I studied design but never pursued it. So I have great affinity towards up and coming talent. They deserve recognition for the grind that fashion school puts you through. Geethika Kanumilli started very young. Even before she finished graduating from fashion school, she knew that her designs were good enough to sell like hot cakes! She didn’t let the confidence pass though, like most of us would. She set up her own label.
Geethika’s colour combinations are definitely her USP. She pairs the most distant, unrelated colours and comes up with something surprisingly beautiful. The fabrics used are rich with a delicate hint of embroidery in every piece.
I was lucky enough to wear 2 of her prettiest pieces. The first one is this blue Anarkali with a Bandhani print. The kurta is simple and well cut so that the dupatta gets all the attention. White Georgette with pink and blue blotches balances out the simplicity of the kurta. The dupatta has a gold mirror work border and scalloped edges. I made the look my own with the blue streak of hair and the nose ring!
The next ensemble is a gold sequined blouse, paired with a sea-green voluminous lehnga that had gold embroidery. The purple dupatta pulls the whole look together though it’s so bright! Who knew bright on bright would work such wonders! With this look I went for a bare neck and long ‘jhumka’ style earrings but the twist was my purple lipstick (which I am obsessing over these days).
For every blog that I shoot, my earning is my learning. This blog taught me that anyone can wear anything they want, but the key is to add an element from their personal style and own the look. That’s what I tried to do. I hope you get to discover your own style this festive season!
Shop Geethika’s clothing| Geethika Kanumilli Label
Photography by Nimit Pershad and Anurag Srivastava| www.nimitpershad.com
Make up by Chitra Mudgil| www.chitramaudgil.com
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