Of cut, colours and creations

True spirit

Of cut, colours and creations

Neha Dhupia and models pose in J J Valaya’s winter fall collection.

It was a perfect climax. The Bangalore Fashion Week revved up on the third and fourth day with a jam-packed venue witnessing the final events. It was the midnight party that drew most of the crowd. The finale showcased the creations of designers like Neerus, J J Valaya and Aslam Khan.

The colours of the designers’ creations grew louder and their lengths became shorter as the night wore on. The last day saw some of the best designers come around and showcase their breathtaking collections. True to the event, the creations were grand in their scale and conception. Each of the collection largely revolved around evening wear, dresses, cocktail saris and bridal wear.

Although the sales were not really much to write home about, the designers were generous enough to overlook the flaw. Were they just being polite enough not to throw a fit? One wondered. 

The practicality in each collection shone through and through. Soham Chakraborty’s collection, Bling Ming was inspired by colours, textures, prints and patterns. It could easily pass off as party wear. Titled, Sunlight reflected by nature it had both ethnic and western wear. The cuts leaned more towards the modern. The work has a lot of bling and sequencing. The designs have been consciously kept funky and colourful. I have used a lot of raw silks, velvet, net and georgette,” says Soham. 

Ramesh Dembla's ethnic collection. It came as a surprise when three young vibrant designers — Stegi Thoppil , Aayushi Vaghela and Astha Jain — all students of design stormed in with their funky collection. They’d surely outsmarted the bigger designer. The collection labelled Folle Folie had three faces phases. The first was all peppy and happy when the girl finds the love of her life. The second phase was when her love turns into lust and the last phase was about being broken in love.

The Neerus stuck to a traditional collection and decided to showcase their line of bridal and Indian wear. It comprised Kanchivaram saris and anarkalis. “We thought we would portray the true spirit of South India where Kanchivarams are a rage. We knitted fancy saris, anarkali, salwars with embellishments and zardosi work on it,” says Ruchika, designer for Neerus and adds, “we have synchronised the cuts and style to modern times.”

It was a good two-hour wait before J J Valaya came on with his collection, steeped in the colonial times. The ramp was spruced up with red roses. “The collection reflects various phases of a courtesan’s dream from despair to hope to happiness, passion and indifference. I have used a lot of read, greys and black to depict various emotions. Love, hope and sadness,” says Valaya.

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