Of florals and indigo

Glamour and panache took the centerstage as the 14th edition of the ‘Blender’s Pride Bangalore Fashion Week – Summer Online’ started at the Sheraton Grand Hotel recently. Day one brought to the forefront a lot of elegance and flair in the designs. Actress Parvathy Nair walked the ramp for designer Mable Thomas and Mandana Karimi walked in a  grand creation by designer Ramesh Dembla.

The event started off with the designs of students from Dream Zone. The day also saw a myriad of creativity with designs by designers like Nupur Sahoo, Michelle Salins, Hemanthsiree and Suvagata Das.

Hemanthsiree’s label ‘HemanthSiree.Maarg’ presented an Indian ethnic collection featuring traditional looms like ikkat, jute silk and cool cottons fused with traditional embroidery and arts. The designer showcased 15 outfits which featured Indo-western ikkat blouses with traditional organza sarees, jute silk floor-length frocks with contemporary art and Indo-western salwars using the ‘damask’ effect.

Designer Suvagata Das presented her latest collection titled ‘The Blue Tale’, which was inspired from ‘bagru’, known for natural dyes and hand block printing. Through this collection, the designer aims to revive and restore this art form from Rajasthan. The collection revolved around a very simple silhouette with the base colour being indigo and white, with highlights in red. The collection included flared trousers, skirts, shirts and shrugs combined with interesting accessories to dramatise the look.

A modern take on traditional bridal wear and wedding trousseaus was the collection, ‘Taj – The Epitome of Love’, by Mable Thomas. This collection featured bridal apparel from across India, alongside Western bridal gowns, evening gowns and reception wear. The colours used in the collection were primarily whites, beige, dusty pinks, mauves, blush pink, maroon and gold, royal blues, purple, peach, shades of coral and lavender.

A collection that reflected the heritage of India was Nupur Sahoo’s designs which were a rich mix of traditional with a modern touch. The ramp saw saris with handwoven embroidery, which fused different kinds of silk like ‘Benarasi’, ‘Mangalgiri’ and ‘Baswara’.

Floral designs from Oxolloxo, revolved around the independence of a girl, her outgoing and liberal outlook in life. Its about how a free spirited woman can quickly shuffle front casual clothing to party wear with extreme ease and confidence.

The highlights of the show were the collections by Michelle Salins, which were an amalgamation of fun, fabulous and sophisticated ensembles. A playful mix of floral prints, checks, digital abstracts and solid colours in exotic European linen dominated the men’s collection, while fit and flare silhouettes, gowns and summer dresses were a part of the women’s collection.

The show saw a grand ending with Ramesh Dembla’s collection titled ‘Ivory Dreams’ that gave a contemporary touch to the staple bridal favourite. This collection tried to bring the charm of those fairytale endings with the edgy notes of the high streets. 

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