Colours of ethnicity ruled the ramp at Blender’s Pride Bangalore Fashion week with veteran designer Abhishek Dutta’s collections. His spring summer collections, rich in black and orange, gave a new look to the ethnic wear that had a modern touch.
The designs portrayed power of the modern woman and was inspired by the modern woman herself, says Abhishek Dutta. “My collection is a celebration of woman power. Today’s woman wants to stick to the rules and at the same time, she wants to experiment. My collections are a representation of this and an innovation of ethnic wear. The saris for instance, can be just wrapped around without much effort,” he says.
His collections has structured jackets with ethnic wear and the blend of perfect texture. “I have used lycra, knitwear, georgette, linen along with chanderis. All these fabrics are blended together to give the perfect look,” he says. The designs, that were rich in colour, had a subtle and clever look. “I wanted to go bold with the colours. Tangerine orange is going to rule this season. So combining this with a neutral shade of black and gray, gives a more dramatic effect. These colours are more about being out there,” he explains.
The Kolkata-based designer has been part of Bangalore Fashion Week for the past eight years and says that it has grown drastically over the years. “I have been part of Bangalore Fashion Week and also its international extention in Bangkok. They are focusing more on fashion by getting some good sponsors. Fashion is not just about showcasing your work, but it is also about selling your work. They have taken a step forward in terms of business and I would like to come back here,” he says excitedly. His show was innovative even in terms of choreography. There was variation on the ramps with international singer Irina Saraiman singing live for his show. “I want to give some new element in my shows every time. I always prefer to portray style and the singer was part of my styling. Showstoppers to me are a passe. Female popstar portrays a strength of a woman and it was an add-on to my collections,” he informs.
His show was a shower of uniqueness. The models dressed in beautiful ethnic wear had bold make-up that highlighted the beauty of a woman’s eyes. The hair dos of the models too were quirky. “Makeup is very important to me. The entire look makes your collection stand out. It was not just about clothes but also the entire look,” he says.
So how should one dress up in ethnic wear? “This season, less is more. Style your garment well by putting different pieces together and make a new look. It is going to work better than overly embroidered clothes. A simple sari with a nice interesting style will surely work better than an overly done-up lehenga,” he wraps up.