Strutting it right

Fashion fiesta

Someone had failed to get the blend right. That's what stood out from the word go at the Bangalore Fashion Week held at Ottera Hotel in Electronics City.

The show kickstarted exactly two hours late. With the four-day extravaganza being hosted by an unheard of event management company, the delay only fuelled speculation. Notwithstanding the hiccups at the start and confusion in the interregnum, the show did go on.

The first edition of the show will have 30 designers and 50 models showcasing the best of Western, Indian and funky wear. Each of the designers seem to have conceived, conceptualised and created an entirely new collection, all in keeping with either the season or some aspect of the City.

The designers, drawn from across the country, have attempted to blend the character, culture and the cosmopolitan nature of the City. The designs are bright, and each one of them has a unique theme that’s provocative yet soothing in its own way.

Rahul Dev Shetty, who has choreographed the entire show, dubs his experience as nothing less than “exciting”. “It takes a lot of effort to bring all the models together on a common fore,” says Rahul. He says he has worked around various themes and blend music including Sufi, Indian fusion and funky music. “We have kept the movements minimalistic. Yet we have incorporated the simplicity and culture that Bangalore portrays,” says Rahul.

The designer have stretched their imagination beyond their capacity and the models have been drawn from various corners of the country. “There’s no preference given to anybody. Whether you are an experienced model or a fresher you are treated on the same level,” says Pashmeena Barker, a model.

The first leg of the show began with Abhi and Rahul presenting their perception of a lady in a contemporary world. Traversing emotions from the severe to the vivacious, the duo epitomised an odyssey which journeys from a dark zone to the centre of glitz and glamour. Their works were best known for their key echo empowerment, power dressing, dark, stark elements.

Next, Neelam Ashley from Hyderabad hit the ramp with his label ‘Alabaster’ that stood for a celebration of femininity. He demonstrated, through his rather funky collection, how Indi chic and modern cuts could blend. 
Tejas P Gandhi’s garments wore a heavy Westernised look and smacked of Indian from every angle. His designs tried to portray and bring out the individuality of a modern Independent Indian. Sometimes loud, sometimes subtle his work has western short skits, long flowing garments and evening wear.

Zubin Vakil’s designs were as volatile and vivacious as the designer herself. She believes clothes not only maketh a man but trigger conversations and speculation as well. Her collection consists of hippie deluxe flavours, dresses, flounced and furbelow flamenco skirts, tiny jacket frocklets with self-fabricated detailing wraps, cowls and pleats. Her designs have a bohemian finish to it.

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