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Bangalore Fashion Week’s Star Studded Last Day


The final day of Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week was a true celebration of fashion, with Designers, Piyush & Prodip, Tasneem Merchant, Trisha Das & Moumita, Shivani & Joy, Anuradha Paul, Neerus, Pam & Arch and Neeta Lulla, showcasing their collection.

Celebrity showstoppers like Shruti Hassan, Neetu Chandra, Piya Trivedi and Natasha Suri heightened the celebration.

The show opened with the collection of young designers Prodip Polley and Subhankar Das from Kolkata. These enthusiastic designers with the help of the choreographer, Rahul Dev Shetty made the models not only walk the ramp to their tunes. They made them dance too. Their extreme creativity in designs and the choreography swept the Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW) 2011 audience.

Their collection titled ‘Break the Boundaries,’ showcased western street wear. These designers strictly used the current trend (Eco friendly fabrics) in their fabric selection. They had fabrics like cotton and linen. When asked, why did not they go for a show stopper? They said, “We are the show stoppers; we are the celebrities,”.

Piyush Bhaakhariya, showcasing for BFW for the first time showcased 12 outfits. He said that, the collection is inspired by the sailor and yachting theme. He presented cruise wear collection, which is meant to relax and enjoy the time. His designs had very minimal stylish cuts. It had shades of lilac, blue, white and green. The fabric he used throughout his designs were linen.

The next designers for BFW last day were, Tasneem Merchant and the duo Trisha & Moumita. Tasneem Merchant’s collection had designs of western, indo –western, bridal and fusion wear. Her collection titled, ‘Myriad Hues,’ showcased vibrant colors. Layers and frills dominated her designs. The draping with the embellishments showcased how trendy women of this era can be. Fabrics like georgettes, shibori silk, lace, nets and metallic tissue were used. Shades of wine, silver, lilac and gray with tonal effects mesmerized the audience. The super model and popular VJ, Pia Trivedi walked the ramp for her. Pia said, “I feel honored to be a part of the fashion week. The designers here show amazing potential, taking the fashion industry of India to the next level.”

The designer duo Moumita & Trisha Das presented their clothing line titled, ‘Under the Sea.’ They showcased designs of indo-western outfits and ethnic wear. Shades of green, blue and gray were used extensively to depict the colors under the sea. Fabrics such as cotton silk, tasar silk, net and cotton khadi were used.

Next line had the collection by Shivani & Joy. They showcased simple and classy designs which were focusing on silhouettes. The theme titled, ‘Beautiful Grunge,’ portrayed rainy season in a fashionable way. Through our designs we portrayed rainy season as climatic celebration. In our designs, taking the inspiration from the dirt, garbage and messed effect during rainy season, we have brought the after look of a garbage area, during rainy season in an urban city life.

They had pure western outfits that included capris, short jackets and jump-suits. Shades of blue, brown, rust, green, khaki etc were used. Former Miss India –World, Natasha Suri walked the ramp for the duo. Natasha says, “The collection blew me off. The cuts, shapes and even minute details like the zip attachments are done in a creative way.”

Anuradha Paul showcased her collection titled, ‘Vrigo,’ as the zodiac sign stands for its strong and bold characteristic; her designs too showcased the same. Her clothing line included, party wear, western trouser and shirts that showed variation with regard to colour. It ranged from a darker to lighter shade. To bring the perfect idea of western outfits she did not use much embellishments or bling factors. The stunning actress Neetu Chandra walked the ramp for her. Neetu said, “I love to be a part of BFW as it always comes up with different ideas.”

Neeru’s showcased brilliant collection of wedding / bridal exclusive saris and salwar kameezs. They have added a contemporary touch to their designs. Neerus said that the collection is especially to all opulent women to adorn themselves in a very rich-ethnic look. The stunning and beautiful Yana Gupta walked again for them.

Pam and Arch the London based designer duo stunned the audience with their excellence. They showcased two labels named: ‘Pam and Arch and Muraad’ at BFW. Pam and Arch, clothing line had lovely and impressive prints. While the next, ‘Muraad’ showcased on high fashion clothing line.

Pam and Arch collection was done in the theme, ‘Reflections of light and life,’ where as Muraad showcased a soothing summer collection. It displayed trendy dresses, tops, pants and gowns. The designs and the designers out did the concept of having a showstopper.

The most awaited grand finale by the renowned designer Neeta Lulla was a real feast to eyes. Her amazing designs took the audience to the fairy land of fashion. The clothing line comprised of churidars, kurtis, gowns and saris. Shades of white were used extensively. She said that the inspiration behind this collection is from 1920’s. Fabrics used were silk, chiffons, jerseys, georgettes, and Italian fabrics. The embellishment and sequence work did the magic. The gorgeous Indian actress, Shruti Hassan walked the ramp for Neeta Lulla. She was clad in a lovely white outfit.

Neeta Lulla said, “Fashion in Bangalore is very promising; especially with the IT sector blooming with the young crowd. As you see my collection is very feminine, young and wearable.”

Shruti Hasan said, “I am glad Neeta has called me once more to walk for her! I am really proud to walk for her as she is one of those promising designers of the country.”

The last day of Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week ended successfully with the after hour party. Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week is really promoting and supporting Bangalore’s growth as a fashion hub. As the time passes the action only gets bigger and better. So let us wait for the next season.

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Lively Day Three Of BFW – 2011


The third day of Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week had a fabulous start with budding as well as some established designers. Having celebrity show – stoppers like Mona Singh, Priya Mani, Mahima Chaudhary and Sarah Jane, the event was taken to the heights of spectacular entertainment.

The third day opened with the shows of Meera, Rohit and Rupa G.
Meera Aggarwal and Rohit Aggarwal showcased their clothing line that had 16 outfits. Their theme, Indian Ethnic Wear was done in an honour to the Indian craftsmen who have been dedicatedly working and producing rich fabric and flashy embellishments. The collection had various trappings and embellishments like mirror works, gota, kundan stones and zardosi. Meera said that the inspiration behind this collection is the dying art of our country. She added that they work on fabrics like ‘baagh’ which was available hundred years ago.

Rupa. G showcased her collection through the theme, ‘Wonders of Dulhagarh’. Dulhagarh is a small village in West Bengal. It is known for its craftsmanship and conventional hand embroideries. Her clothing line had salwaar – kameezs and lehangas. She carefully picked shades of pink and green, mustard and fuchsia on fabrics like brocade, chiffon, chanderi and net.

The next show was a double show with Soham Chakraboty’s and Arka Mirgank’s collection.
Soham Chakraborty conveyed his collection to the audience using the theme ‘Escape’. He said that the theme has been inspired from the Mother Nature. He displayed a very semi- casual resort wear collection for both men and women. He used a lot of floral prints and contrast combination of colours, green, orange, blue, red etc. His clothing line had, linen tops, printed linen trousers, cotton summer jackets etc.

Arka Mrigank, presented his collection in Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW) with the theme called ‘Notebook’. His collection had very unique ensembles. He used ‘maang tikas’ which were made out of stencils. He says that his designs are inspired from the day – today life aspects. Through his designs he showcases that fashion is a day – today affair and not something to be treated as bizarre. He added, “My designs are filled with young spirits. I make collection keeping today’s trends in mind.”

Swapnil Shinde, the designer always surprises his audience with his wonderful collection. Swapnil’s collection had gowns and dresses with different drapes. The best part of his collection was, he had adorned his collection with beautiful and unique huge red roses. He said that his collection was inspired from the craftsmanship of Maharastra. He used fabrics like georgette and chiffon.
Mona singh, famous television actress, who made the role of ‘jassi’ memorable in the serial ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi’, was his show-stopper. Mona said that she loved Swapnil’s design. She said, “Swapnil is the one designer who can make any woman look slim and beautiful.” She also added, “Though it was after a long time I walked the ramp, Achala Sachdev made me walk the ramp so easily with her amazing choreography.”

Ramesh Dembla, the one who is known for surprising Bangalore with his designs as well as show stoppers did the magic this time too. He displayed his collection titled ‘Divine Rhapsody’ to his BFW audience which had 34 amazing bridal and ethnic wear outfits, both for men and women. He said that the inspiration to bring this collection was the elegant and loved metal, Gold.
Priya Mani, the sensation of South Cinema walked the ramp for him. She said, “I feel absolutely great in this outfit. It is quite stylish and chic and I am sure every lady would want to flaunt it.”

Designer, Pria Kataaria Puri, showcased unique and amazing collection of resort wear. Her outfits comprised of kaftans, tunics, dresses and gowns. She used Italian fabrics and light weight silk. The colours she used in her collection really took the audience to a fairy land. Shades of white, red, green, blue etc did the magic.
Former model and Bollywood actress, Mahima Chaudhary walked the ramp for her. She flaunted a lovely and graceful black sari.

The wrapping up of the day was done by the well – known designers, Mona and Pali. They are known for their brand – Monapali. For the first time in BFW they showcased 30 outfits. Their clothing line comprised of resort wear, party wears and cocktail. It had outfits like, kaftans, saris and jackets. The clothes were embellished with stone and bead works, which were done with hand embroidery.
Former Miss. India and Bollywood actress, Sarah Jane, walked the ramp for ‘Monapali’.

The third day ended with a massive after hour party. As we are nearing the finale that is on 6th of February, wait and watch for Nita Lulla to give Bangalore a splendid fashion extravaganza.

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Vibrant Day Two Of BFW – 2011


By : Yogitha Ramamoorthy

Day Two at Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week, 2011 witnessed both upcoming designers and some established names from the fashion industry.

Designers: Reshma Kunhi, Asha Gupta & Gautam Gupta,Chaitali Giri & Biplab Giri, Natashaa Munnangi, Istituti Callegari Milano and Archana Kocchar presented their collection.

The show started with the designs of the Natashaa Munnangi and the duo Chaitali Giri & Biplab Giri.

Hyderabad based designer Natashaa Munnangi showcased her collection for the first time in BFW. Her label called ‘Natashaa Munnangi,’ displayed fashionable and vibrant women’s wear. She showcased both western and contemporary Indian styles especially for the summer season. The collection was inspired from Rajastan. Her collection caught the audience eyes to her traditional Rajastani embellishments like mirrors and gotta. She incorporated fabrics like georgette and chiffon in the shades of whites, pinks, organs and reds.

The brother –sister designer duo from Kolkata Chaitali Giri & Biplab Giri, showcased their collection for the first time in BFW. Their clothing included women wear, casuals, wedding set, separates and coordinates. The collection had wonderful designs of panelled ghahras, anarkali suits and saris with innovative textures like hand-block prints, batik and thread work. Fabrics such as silk, chiffon and cotton were used.

‘The Jute Shop,’ showcased their trendy, chic, stylish bags for the women of today. Focusing on eco friendly materials, Abhishek who represented ‘Jute Bag,’ says “The bags start from as less as 49 rs and are made especially to suit the trends of today”.

The only Italian Institute in Asia, Instituti Callegari Milano presented their collection. This is their second time at BFW. Their collection titled ‘Callegari 9ninetyonel,’ comprised of evening wear for women, inspired by the theme of coral reef. The speciality of the collection was that it had formations resembling branching trees, large domes, water, small irregular crusts or tiny pipes. Fabrics used were georgette and chiffon. They showcased their collection in shades of blue, green, red and yellow.

Mumbai based designer Reshma Kunhi, inspired by nature and fantasy displayed her collection named ‘Dream World.’ It had Indo western silhouettes. The designer says, “My target audience is right from a teenage girl to middle-aged women who love to be trendy and chic.”

Fabrics included were georgette, chiffons, cotton and lycra. The show started with outfits of soft, subdued colors and gradually moved on to the solid dark shades. Reshma Kunhi had two show stoppers, actresses Nidhi Subbaiah and Priyanka Upendra. Nidhi said, “Reshma’s outfits are really nice. They flatter the figure quite well and are trendy too.”

Asha Gupta and Gautam Gupta, the mother and son duo presented their label, ‘Vinayak Couture.’ The collection 32 ensembles comprised of bridal collection. It included lehangas, saris and suits.

Fabrics such as brocade, tissue, georgette, silk, net and kinkhabs were used. The color palette had shades of purple, red, pink, emerald green and fuchsia. The duo says, “Today’s bride is exceptional and wants to look fashionable, with a blend of Indian sensibilities. In our collection we try to capture exactly that. ” Kalki Koechlin, the Indian actress of French descent walked the ramp for the duo.

India’s renowned designer Archana Kochhar was the ‘showstopper’ for the second day of BFW. Her collection for BFW, named ‘Fluorescence,’ is all about celebrating oneself at the beginning of a fresh decade and to save a perfect perspective of life.

The outfits comprised of bright and vibrant anarkalis, cocktail saris, kurta suits and fluid sangeet lehangas. The focus was on flowing silhouettes. Fabrics such as chiffon, georgette, brocades, velvets and eco-friendly viscose rayon filaments were used. She presented her designs in shades of orange, blue, yellow and pink with contrasting monochrome like black and white.

Second day of BFW ended with the vibrant after party, witnessing a young and energetic crowd dancing to the tunes of DJ Chico.

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