This September sees the arrival, in London, of two very special talents, in the fields of fashion and jewellery design. Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani. The pair embodies the sensual, the evocative and the grand.
The exhibition takes place at The Bentley Hotel, a tremendously ornate building, which will surely be the perfect setting for these creative lovers of beauty.
Anamika became a much-lauded and not to mention much sort after designer after the launch of her international label – Ana-Mika – in 2004. Not only is she the first Indian designer to launch an international label, she was also the first to be featured at Paris Fashion Week, along with that master of colour Manish Arora.
She is a pioneer of fashion in her own right. Anamika creates magic with figure flattening couture pieces, she has also brought the waistcoat and half draped saris into vogue. With her mixture of traditional Indian patterns, married with Western methods of design, and topped off by a insatiable enthusiasm for intricate embroidery, Anamika is an exceedingly unusual creative force in the world of Indian design.
Her quality as a designer rests in the fact that she has a great appreciation of vintage design, each and every one of her collections is rich with historical references and tantalising vintage sweetness.
Now, jewellery is a very difficult thing to get right, you either have the talents to design and fashion together a piece of luxury or you don’t. Raj Mahtani certainly does, with a family business created in 1880, by his great-great-grand father, which was then called Satramdas Dhalamal. In 2000 Raj took the business into the stratosphere of contemporary jewellery design, and it soon became a globally recognised design power house.
Back in the late 19th and early 20th century, his family’s business was renowned for designing jewellery favoured by the Maharaja’s, nowadays that hint of regal flare is still burning brightly. Raj is well-known for his passionate love for Mughal design, and his jewellery reflects that.
In a recent interview he said “I love everything about the Mughal empire – the passion, the design, the romance, the art and the cultural experiences of that time period. And of course, I love the sheer grandeur!”
His recent designs have seen a shift towards the romantic drama of Mughal design, finely shaped gems, offset by brilliant gold and silver. His sheer genius for sourcing the most eye-catching gems is still very strong indeed. It is impossible not to fall in love with Raj’ jewellery.
This exhibition is a must for anyone who loves and appreciates quality craftmanship and historical beauty.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP Mrs Chhavi Seth-Mediratta – email@example.com
All photos are the property of Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani