Bold and beautiful

Fashion week

Bold and beautiful

“Sorry, all sold out,” was the one thing that was heard throughout the day.

There were also a few people, who made frantic calls, hoping that some amount of “influence” might work magic in getting them the passes. Such is the impact that Bangalore Fashion Week has had on people.

The four-day show will have 25 designers showcasing the best of Western, Indian, traditional and some funky stuff as well. Each of the designers seems to have conceived, conceptualised and created an entirely new collection.

The first day kick-started with Jattinn Kochhar’s collection. Titled as Plum Mate, his work revolves around Western outfits; evening gowns, jumpsuits, knee-length and short dresses. “I have basically used a lot of clever drapes to hide the problem areas and accentuate the good ones as not everyone is blessed with the perfect body,” says Jattinn. 

He says he draws his inspiration from the hills, “There are orchards there all around – plum orchards. Plum is an unusually beautiful colour and looks great on Indian skin,” he avers.

Arshi Jamal’s emphasis on wearability came through in the collection. Arshi’s clothes were traditional with a hint of modernity in them. “I haven’t used the conventional six yard length saris. I have given them modern cuts instead,” says Arshi.
 
Arshi has used colours like orange, green, black and purple — all in contrast. Black was used as a festive colour in my collection. Heavy kundan work and floral accessories on sheer saris were the highlight of the collection.

The collection that really stood out was Anju Modi’s traditional weave. In An Ode to Benares she brings forth the rich heritage of Varanasi craft with a contemporary twist. The collection comprised Mughal Angrakhas and churidars, jackets teamed up with lehengas, saris and some evening gowns, all crafted with exclusive Varanasi hand-woven fabrics yarned from cotton and silk.

Monika Mathuria wanted to bring the colours and culture of Rajasthan into the City. And she did just that. Her work comprised saris, lehengas and churidars— all very bright and colourful, “My collection will show best when worn with a Borala (tika) and heavy jewellery,” she says.

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