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'A woman doesn't need to wear pants to show she is the boss'

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February 01, 2019 13:30 IST
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'Power doesn't come from clothes; it comes from within. The whole idea of power-dressing is botched up,' says Anita Dongre.

A model in Anita Dongre collection

IMAGE: Archana Akhil Kumar in an Anita Dongre creation at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019. Photographs: Kind courtesy Lakme Fashion Week

Celebrity favourite fashion designer Anita Dongre believes a woman does not need masculine clothing to prove her strength.

The Mumbai-based designer, who is known for her feminine silhouettes, said a woman can look pretty and powerful at the same time as strength is something which comes from within.

The designer, who was the first to launch an affordable women office wear brand with 'AND', said she finds the concept of power-dressing partial and patriarchal.

"I was the first designer to do dresses for office wear. A woman doesn't need to wear pants to show she is the boss. She can look equally good in a salwar-kameez or a sari or a pretty dress.

A model in Anita Dongre collection

IMAGE: Soni Kaur in Anita Dongre separates.

"Power doesn't come from clothes; it comes from within. The whole idea of power-dressing is botched up."

Anita said more than women, she would like to see men switch to the feminine side of their clothing.

"I would love to see men back in dhoti and lungi. These are clothes which are soft and drape well. I believe that is the feminine aspect of men's clothing in India but it is somewhere lost. Indian weather calls for this fluidity in clothes," she said.

A model in Anita Dongre collection

IMAGE: A model in a floral print bandhgala by Anita Dongre.

The designer was talking on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 where she presented her new collection "Summer Reveire" in collaboration with Tencel in an off-site show at Taj Lands End.

Watch models walk in Anita Dongre's latest designs at the Lakme Fashion Week. Video by Afsar Dayatar/Rediff.com

STYLE FIESTA: Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019

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