Bangalore Fashion Week 15th Edition | AW16 Festive

Fashion Features | August 9, 2016 | By

With many designers fusing high fashion to more common adaptations, it feels like as if couture has become wearable. Fashion Weeks that were once reserved for most inspired and glamorous clothing have started to incorporate informal and casual interpretations; and this to our advantage has made contemporary fashion more reachable.

At Bangalore Fashion Week 15th Edition we saw a lot of inspiration from Indian cultures and endeavors to revive arts like zari, cut work and hand embroideries. We saw much of rich traditional saares and lehengas but very little of glamorous westernized gowns. Stylized flora & fauna prints, deep indigos infused with gothic feel were a treat to see but there was nothing that I can say that I have seen for the first time. There were some designers that we even struggled to understand; maybe it is simply because the creative energies were simply stronger in the 14th edition.

But keeping on with the love of Fashion Weeks, this editions did manage to excite us with some designs. Here are the most interesting images we have  have picked from the four days for you:

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Celebrity Spotting:

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Collections & Designers that deserve a special mention:

Alpa Reena Label – The dynamic sister duo truly showcased couture & pret` wear in their collection ‘Malakia’ incorporating the finest textiles, embroidery and tailoring. The designs took references from Grand Mosque and the Arabian grandeur. What made the show more memorable was the simple portrayl of Bangalore’s top fashion bloggers as models.


Ashok R Maanay – He has always manages to mesmerize me. This time he presented his collection ‘Maanay’ that was dedicated to his beloved mother. The use of rich fabrics, gold and silver thread to produce intricate borders brought a touch of royalty all his designs.


Archana Kochhar – Her collection ‘Garden of Eve’ was inspired by the beautiful imagery of the glorious gardens. Digitally printed garments with silhouettes ranging from Indian fusion to contemporary bridal included lehengas with crop tops, keyhole anarkalis, structured saris, pencil skirts with flared tops and floor length anarkalis. Tones of mint green, rusty pink, red, black and white were seen accentuating the floral persona of the collection. The designer also promotes ‘Global disability inclusion’, where Esther, the model opened the show for the designer on a wheel chair. archana2

If you are curious about what looks inspired us at the previous edition of BFW, see these:

Some of the images were sourced from brand pages of designers on Facebook.

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