Striking a note

High praises

Striking a note

 The event turned out to be a rewarding one for most of the models. DH photo by Manjunath M S

The excitement and anxiety were palpable. The air was thick with speculation on whether the show will go on as planned or would there be any hiccups. Most models who were part of the Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW), said though they too were nagged by uneasy moments in the beginning, the experience turned out to be truly rewarding.

Recalling Day One at the BFW, top models from Mumbai said: “We didn’t even have basic facilities when we came in. No stuff to eat, no water to drink. We had to ask people around for the smallest of stuff but soon things were sorted out and our needs were better attended too.”

While some saw the BFW as a launch pad and hoped that the show would give them a chance to foray into better, bigger fashion events, others wished it was better organised. The hectic round-the-clock rehearsals and the show thereafter gave the models no time to rest at all. Their droopy shoulders and sunken eyes said it all. Cigarettes and red bull kept them going from losing their spirits. 

Bangalore’s top model Pashmeena Barker says she thoroughly enjoyed being part of the BFW. “Yes, it was hectic and there was not a second to breathe but every moment was an enjoyable one. I made sure that I carried plenty of dry fruits and drank loads of water to keep me going,” said Pashmeena. Chahat Sabaji from Mumbai said that although she did feel a little out of place in the beginning, it was not too long before things settled down.

 “I am relocating to Bangalore soon and I found this stage a perfect place to exchange business cards and meet new people. We lost sleep and worked really hard. But looking back it has paid off. I am so proud that I was part of the show,” reasoned Chahat. For Nischitha Rao, second year degree at Mount Carmel College, “This has been a launch pad for me and I hope I will be able to go places from here,” said Nischitha. 

Although the male models didn’t hit the ramp as often as the females did, they aver that they’ve had memorable moments on the ramp and off it as well. Walking for designers like Rocky S and Jattinn Kochhar has been a dream come true for most male models. Kabir Singh from Delhi dubbed his experience as “amazing” but regrets not having had time to tour the City, “The show has given me a feel of the place and meeting so many designers on one fore has been exciting,” he said. Sameer explained, “Despite people hatching plans to disrupt the show and making lives miserable for us, we have managed to pull it off and have proved that Bangalore too can have a fashion week.”

It’s nothing less than four shows a day for Zoheb Sayeed but he took it all with a smile and said, “I have walked for Bangalore and that’s given me a high.”

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