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05 February 2011

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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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