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Quite Possibly the Most Fun Package Day Ever

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Don't you love how a single piece of clothing can make you so happy? Saturday morning might have witnessed the best fun package day in history. When I was in India attending their fashion weeks back in April, I was able to put in some personal orders with my favorite designers. (*You* try showing restraint around racks and racks of beautiful clothes.) On Saturday, the first big package arrived: A silk trench coat by Calcutta-based designer Anamika Khanna, whose rich, textured fabrics are really gorgeous.

Anamika creates her own fabrics – sometimes using up to 10 different processes and applications – so you won't find similar pieces anywhere else. Her cuts are simple but classic, like fitted trench coats and scoop-necked dresses. And her attention to detail is impressive, whether it's linings or buttons or belts (oh my!) . When the package arrived early Saturday morning, I immediately ripped it open and tried on the coat over my pajamas. (And then, went straight to the patio to take pictures for all of you to see – I'm really starting to wonder what the security guy who sits across the road is thinking of me these days.)

That's the full-length view above – it's technically a trench coat, but can be worn as a dress as well.

Teardrop-shaped appliqu├ęs cover the lower half:


The lining inside is a vintage-style floral, and it just peeks out at the collar:


Even the belt and sleeves are really cute:

Anamika also shows at London Fashion Week, and her pieces can be found at Harrod's. I've got two more dresses coming from her in a few weeks time, and then I'm going to force Mike to take me somewhere nice so I can display them properly. [Sighs happily.]

(If you're interested in contacting Anamika Khanna, just e-mail me for her details.)

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

Loving those trenchcoats and your blog is gorgeous. Come and visit me!
Cheers
Mia

Birta Thrastardottir said...

really nice coat! it is a shame she does not have her own website, i need to see more more more.
birta

Claire said...

Oh my god, that coat is so beautiful. Just discovered your blog - lovely - and lovely to hear of a designer I hadn't heard about who makes drooly pieces like that. Thank you!

Ms. Spinach said...

Just a quick update: Anamika's clothing is available at about 100 stores worldwide, but it helps to know where to look. The list includes Lane Crawford, Fred Segal, Harrod's, Carma, Scoop, and more. If those aren't immediately in your area, try sending an query to her company --
http://www.boholondon.com/enquiries.asp

If you let them know where you are, they may be able to get you to a store that stocks her pieces.

Prices range depending on the store and the piece, but they general start at a few hundred dollars and go up from there.

Unknown said...

that's so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

hello:
I have few of her summer dresses at www.viamarisnyc.com. As a talented textile designer, Anamika is also a "pro" at tea-staining, quilting, hand-dyeing and ... "designing". Bravo and thanks for your blog....

DIY said...

HI
I wish Anamika Should have her own website as she is a great designer.

I wish her all the success for her future.

Anonymous said...

your blog - lovely - and lovely to hear of a designer I hadn't heard about who makes drooly pieces like that. Thank you!
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