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Hugs & Kisses

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Anu Raina’s SS14 collection, Hugs & Kisses, is reminiscent of childish delights. Printed on the Toronto based designer’s collection, including her signature silk scarves, are images of colorful shoes, donuts, and other sweet treats. Mother of two, Raina was inspired by her children, Zuv and Shirin, and wanted to capture the innocent and lively nature of childhood. “Watching my daughter parade around the house in my shoes pretending to be Mommy’s next model, my son’s love for donuts, and the little random things that we enjoy doing together inspired this collection,” Raina said. “When I surprised them with the first hard copy of my lookbook, the smiles on their faces was priceless. I got many more ‘Hugs & Kisses.’”

“I generally don’t follow trends,” Raina said, “but I did love the return of 90’s grunge look.” The vibe was evident in the Hugs and Kisses collection with the silhouettes exuding a 90’s air. Filled with babydoll dresses and loose fits, Raina gives a nod to the decade that was filled with playful experimentation.

Launching her eponymous line in 2010, Raina knew from a young age fashion was a passion of hers. “I knew it as a kid in my heart,” she said. “Playing with colors and making outfits for my dolls gave me immense happiness, but being born in a laid back place like Kashmir, I didn’t know this could actually could be a career.”

Raina’s Indian heritage is evident in her pieces with splashes of color blending together. The designer said, “India is a country of mythologies and color. I guess that’s where the storytelling and playing with color parts comes from. Someday I would love to make a collection inspired by the Indian festival of colors called Holi.”

Raina juggles motherhood and a career, and with Toronto Fashion Week on the horizon, her schedule proves busier than ever. “Right now I’m in the process of negotiating a show date with IMG and fingers crossed if everything works out, I will be showing at Toronto Fashion Week in March 2014. My schedules are always insane especially being a designer, mother, and wife, but I couldn’t live without being either.”

Anu Raina and her designs have been featured in The Globe and Mail, CTV, National Post, and many other publications. Celebrated for her creative work, the future holds many opportunities for Anu Raina. A personal goal for Raina in the future is to have her own store. “I hope to have my own flagship store in next five years,” Raina said.

Win a silk scarf from Anu Raina

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Cliché Magazine teams up with Anu Raina for a holiday giveaway you won’t want to miss!
One (1) lucky winner will receive the following:
– An Awesome silk scarf from Anu Raina
How To Enter
Fill out the form below for one entry in the giveaway*
*Referring the link to a friend who then enters the giveaway will get you two (2) extra entries in the giveaway!

Selection
The winner(s) will be chosen at random using random.org and ContestHopper and will be contacted within 24 hours after the giveaway has ended. Winners will be given five days to claim their prize before they forfeit it to another winner.
 

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

 

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About Anu Raina
In a short span of time, Anu Raina has made quite a splash in Toronto’s Art and Fashion circles. After interning with Canadian textile designer Virginia Johnson, Raina graduated with high honors, a top medal and several awards from the Textile program at the Sheridan College (Oakville) in 2010.

In the same year she was selected as an Artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre and saw her artwork exhibited at the Pearson International Airport. Next, the award winning textile designer unveiled her debut ready to wear clothing collection at the Toronto Fashion Week in October, 2010. Since then she has been featured in The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC Radio, CTV, Omni and several mainstream fashion publications. She was also nominated by Ontario colleges for the 2012 Ontario Premier’s Award for outstanding achievement by recent graduates.

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Welcome to the Urban Jungle

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017From the first moment Anu Raina stepped foot in New York City, she was overwhelmed with excitement and vulnerability. Eight years later, the Toronto based fashion designer has drawn on the concrete jungle for NY.NY, her 2013 Fall/Winter line. Mixing the bright colors of city graffiti with business pieces, Raina has created a classic and beautiful line for anyone in love with the city. She’s taking on an industry where creating a name is everything, and she has what it takes.

Cliché: Where did you draw your inspiration for the F/W13 line?
Anu Raina: For my F/W13 Collection, I was inspired by my first trip to the Big Apple. While playing together on the farms of Manasbal Lake in Kashmir, my siblings and I would often dream about visiting the United States of America someday when we grew up. For me, New York represented the USA. It was a perception of a city that I only saw in the movies. Images of mighty towers, money, power, the Statue of Liberty, yellow taxis, and confident and smartly dressed people always in a rush was what a small mind from a small place could associate the city of New York with. It was a cold morning in the fall of 2005 when I first arrived at LaGuardia Airport. The feeling was of awesomeness to the max, until I realized how small the overpowering skyline of Manhattan made me feel. But it was the sight of Ground Zero that really shook me and showed me the vulnerable side of this mighty city and its seemingly confident people.

How did you get into fashion design?
Ever since I came to my senses, playing with materials, fabrics, colors made me very happy. It was something that came sans effort to me. An unconditional offer from the London College of Fashion in the UK helped me get into the field. Later on, scholarships and awards for the textile program at Sheridan College in Canada further strengthened my resolve to continue in this creative field.

What’s the hardest and easiest part of designing?
Designing is the easiest part. However, since my work tends to be a bit conceptual and emotional at times, sometimes it takes time for people to understand my vision and the timelessness of my product, especially with trends changing every season in the fashion world. Surviving in the industry until you get known for your work is the hardest part.

Check out the rest of the interview in the Oct/Nov issue of Cliché Magazine out now!

Photographed  by Mike Lewis

Anu Raina x Cliché Giveaway

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Scarf Giveaway
We at Cliché LOVE the Anu Raina SS 2013 collection, so we’ve teamed up with the Canadian creative designer herself to give away this 100% silk chiffon scarf (pictured above) to one lucky reader!
[highlight color=”yellow”]HOW TO ENTER:[/highlight]
1) Leave a comment on this entry with your e-mail address! OR
2) Retweet the official entry tweet on Twitter! @clichemag
*Doing both will double your chances of winning!
Prize valued at $180
This giveaway will end on Sunday, July 14 at 11:59 PM PST. The winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted on Monday, July 15. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Good luck to everyone who enters!
 
Head Shot[highlight color=”yellow”]ABOUT ANU RAINA:[/highlight]
In a short span of time, Anu Raina has made quite a splash in Toronto’s Art and Fashion circles. After interning with Canadian textile designer Virginia Johnson, Raina graduated with high honors, a top medal and several awards from the Textile program at the Sheridan College (Oakville) in 2010. In the same year she was selected as an Artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre and saw her artwork exhibited at the Pearson International Airport. Next, the award winning textile designer unveiled her debut ready to wear clothing collection at the Toronto Fashion Week in October, 2010. Since then she has been featured in The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC Radio, CTV, Omni and several mainstream fashion publications. She was also nominated by Ontario colleges for the 2012 Ontario Premier’s Award for outstanding achievement by recent graduates. (via anuraina.com)