A traditional wear with contemporary feel

A traditional wear with contemporary feel


Archana Kocchar

But this garment is not limited to festivals and weddings anymore. Designer Archana Kocchar tells Metrolife about her own version of this classic garment and the things that make the traditional look complete.

Archana’s anarkali is made from viscose georgette and has sequinned yoke and silk piping detailing done on it. “The bottom flare of the garment is finished with an interesting textured velvet and it also has a sequinned belt,” she says. “And you can complete the look with an embroidered structured tulle dupatta and a lycra churidaar,” she adds. The look, while very traditional, also has a very contemporary feel to it, which is what Archana mentions about in the current trends. “Anarkalis are getting sleeker and modernised now and they are no longer considered ethnic,” she says. And each season adds a slightly different twist to it. “For summer, one can try them in a more flared panelled avatar,” says Archana.

Models wearing anarkalis. While this garment can be worn in many colours, Archana informs that neutral colours are in vogue this season. “If you are wearing it during the day, then go for a pristine white anarkali with vibrant neon trimmings and sequinned details,” she says. “And for the evening, you can go for a nude base highlighted with colour contrasting embellishments,” she adds. Though anarkalis can be worn by any woman, there are certain things that one must keep in mind while buying one. “The length of the anarkali has to be just right,” informs Archana. “Women with short height should try longer length in a monotone colour and with a panelled construction,” she says. On the other hand, taller people can be more experimental with horizontal panels which are attached one below the other. “But they should avoid very short lengths,” she says.

Models wearing anarkalis. As far as the fabrics are concerned, the best look is created with fluid fabrics and there is a lot one can work with when it comes to detailing. “You can go for fabrics like georgette, chiffon and soft net,” says Archana. “These along with a melange of brocades, velvet and sequinned sheath would create a perfect look for the garment,” she adds. And no look is complete without accessories. “Go simple on accessories when it comes to an anarkali,” says Archana. “Dress it up with a nice pair of statement earrings and metallic sandals,” she adds. And while these are usually worn on semi-formal occasions like puja, festivities, they also go wonderfully for dinner parties.