Vibrant collections by inspired designers

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Vibrant collections by inspired designers

With Deepavali just around the corner, the ninth edition of the ‘Blenders Pride Fashion Tour’ gave the fashionistas in the City a feel of what is in vogue this season.

Held over the weekend at the Leela Palace, the show had a blend of fashion, glamour and music, making it a wholesome experience for all those who had assembled. No doubt the focus was on fashion. Designers like Falguni and Shane Peacock, Wendell Rodricks, Rocky S and Tarun Tahiliani were on the platter and guests were just spoilt for choice. 

The first day kicked off with Falguni and Shane Peacock’s collection ‘Robot Chic’. Having worked on futuristic collections in the past, this was an extended take on sci-fi punk fashion with edgy feathers, prints and sequins work. Sharp playful cuts were seen in the mesh dresses, backless shirts, biker jackets and crop tops.

The clothes were extravagantly coated with a metallic sheen on the range of whites, blacks, purples, golds, silvers and reds. The showstopper, actress Esha Gupta, donned a gothic look with a long black dress with feathers used as frills at the bottom. “I feel as good as it looks. It’s a very pretty dress and I like that they gave me the liberty to look gothic. Falguni told me that she wanted the vintage hair and dark lips and dark eyes and that’s exactly what I wanted,” said Esha Gupta. 

This was then followed by Wendell Rodricks’ ‘Red, Haute and Blue’. A vibrant collection of blues, greens, oranges, reds and pinks. Other than the simplicity of the solid colours in the dresses and shirts, the free-flowing choreography was interesting. Instead of the usual stiff faces and walks, the models, both men and women, were smiling and visibly enjoying the outfits. Inspired by a musical tribute to Cole Porter, it kept with Wendell’s minimalist style while offering a fresh range of looks that are perfect for the beach. 

“I thought Shane and Falguni’s collection was experimental and fun. On the ramp, the models look like tall pretty female superheroes but the clothes are actually quite wearable. Wendell’s collection was also refreshing to see. It looked chic yet comfortable,” said Natasha, an attendee. 

Braving the rains, the guests came in on the second day as well. After all the fashionistas in the City certainly didn’t want to miss out on the two biggies in the industry – Rocky S and Tarun Tahiliani. These designers, known for their works internationally as well their designs, certainly didn’t disappoint the crowd. Their collections oozed feminity, glamour and a touch of tradition. 

Bringing back the middle-ages through his latest ‘Rocky Star’ collection, the designer’s show wowed the audience with every design. Rocky’s clothes were vintage in their own way. Giving his trademark colour, black, a whole new meaning, the collection saw a lot of beadwork, layers of fabrics, sequins and textures in form of gowns and dresses. Actress Evelyn Sharma was the showstopper for Rocky. Dressed in a red carpet black shimmery gown, the actress surely made a statement on the ramp.

The stage was then set for designer Tarun Tahiliani, who took the audience to the Kumbh Mela. His collection was inspired by the madness and the beauty of the Kumbh Mela that he had visited recently. It saw the models walking to songs rendered by folk singers on the stage. The collection comprised of skirts, kurtis, jackets, dresses, saris and accessories in shimmers of saffron, reds, gold, browns and blacks. Ruchi, a big fan of the designer, was looking forward to his show in the City. “The wait was worth it. The collection had a lot of his signature layering and wrapping that reminded one of the Kumbh itself,” she added. 

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