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Aisha Rao Recreated the Splendour of a Bygone Era at the FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week

News Desk, News Nation 360 : The beginning of every “once upon a time” comes with that reassuring mystique. Perhaps it stands for the many parables we’ve all grown up with. Perhaps it renders the story with whimsy and excitement as everyone might immerse selves in imaginary places. Perhaps it’s both. Aisha Rao, the designer behind the eponymous label and a mother of two, has reimagined these tales with subliminal lehengas, contemporary saris, show-stopping dresses, and gowns. What’s more? Many of the pieces bring back the lost luster of the most ubiquitous fabric spotted during yesteryear Indian weddings—tissue—minus the fraying. Decorated with Rao’s signature Appliqué work created with contrasting foliage, Paper Dolls will transport into a wondrous world with its shimmering tactility and its bold yet enigmatic colour palette of ebony, lavender, gold, and soft shades of pink. However, more than anything, this collection—both traditional and of the moment—is full of long-lasting keepsakes. Designer Aisha Rao says that paper dolls are dedicated to her children. It’s an ode to those most precious moments of bedtime storytelling where each night they are transported to another world. Interestingly, that’s also one of the reasons why she loves creating clothes—it’s because many a time they have the potential to make fantasies seem a little bit closer. t is this naïve curiosity that has inspired Aisha Rao’s latest collection for FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week —Paper Dolls—an Autumn/Winter ’21 line-up that will take one on a trip to the childlike dreamscapes of beloved storybooks and fantastical tales from the yore.

Report : Anustup Kundu