In 1939, when TheWizard of Oz was first released it was the height of Technicolor’s popularity. The phrase “Technicolor triumph” could be seen emblazoned across its movie posters, and the film truly was, from glimmering Emerald City to Dorothy’s sparkling ruby slippers to the shiny yellow brick road which often served as a backdrop for them, a tour de force of color. One of The Wizard of Oz’s most famous moments—and, perhaps, one of cinema’s most magical sequences, period—came in the moments of its transition to color. Dorothy, with the opening of a door, took astep away from her sepia-toned Kansas reality into a wondrous world of kaleidoscopic hues, remarking as she looked around in awe, “Toto, I don’t think we’re inKansas anymore.” A comment that actually revealed something about the evolution of the use of color itself. Because in The Wizard of Oz color was its own character; a device wielded by the filmmakers to represent a signal of hope after the grim years of the Great Depression.
For Pre-Spring/Resort 2022, that color takes myriad forms. There are tiered gauzy long-sleeved dresses in sun-faded blue bell; floor-sweeping voluminous showstoppers in silken Capri blue and violet and azalea pink; and neon lime and mango-hued separates that meld form and function. Color creeps into block prints; into blurry tie-dyes inspired by the color-streaked phenomena of the Northern Lights; into the rainbows of traditional Kansai smocking lattice; and into balloon-sleeved dresses’ patchwork accents, the patchwork part of a critical new “No Waste”project upcycling previous season’s scraps.
Every year millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate Diwali, the five-day festival of lights.The third and most significant day falls on Kartika, the darkest night in the Hindu lunar month. It’s the evening when the night sky is awash in fireworks and the streets lined with flickering candles. The sky set ablaze with light on the darkest night is believed to be a symbolic victory of light over darkness. For Anaak, this season’s collection shares that same spirit. The light, instead, is the rainbow of colors intentionally threaded through the pieces. And right now, perhaps more than ever, it’s all about finding the light.