Bangalore Fashion Week 2016 | 14th Edition
The joy out of wearing incredibly beautiful clothes is what models probably felt on the stages of Bangalore Fashion Week 2016 which took center stage from the 4th-7th February. I got to attend ‘The 14th edition of Blender’s Pride Bangalore Fashion Week – Summer Online, powered by Snapdeal” hosted at Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel.
Bare.Berry.Blush shortlists “the fashion angles” of the entire affair.
We saw ethnic looks with Ikkat, Jute Silk and Cool Cottons in Hemanthsiree’s collection – Maarg. The next show by Suvagata Das aimed to revive the hand block printing art from Rajasthan by using this technique on flared trousers,skirts and shrugs combined with interesting accessories to dramatize the look. Styylefairy Couture by Mable Thomas, titled ‘Taj – The Epitome of Love’, showed a modern take on traditional bridal wear and wedding trousseaus. The myriad shades of whites and pastels were soothing to the eyes. Ramesh Dembla showcased a royal bridal collection and created a trademark style that is modern and elegant yet unconventional.
Simple, sophisticated and westernized outfits were showcased by Oxolloxo. Houte couture collection by Michelle Salins, in bright and subtle colours for flirty skirts, jumpsuits and fitted silhouettes definitely stood out.
We saw duo-designer collections and must say that two brains are better than one. Kandei by Deepshikha & Nidhi showcased western outfits with peppy, pop art prints and bold colors. I Am Design by Pratik & Priyanka aimed at contemporary woman who fits perfectly into the two worlds- the modern and the traditional, and believe in sexiness that’s effortless. Idea World Wide used fabrics expanding from newspapers to satin, from a stack of Cards to floral designs. Gypsy and fusion seemed to be the theme. Rehane put together a vibrant, retrospective array of her work of 10 years.
Day 3 was definitely as fashionable as it can get. Niharika Vivek and Bijay Gupta presented a double show and unveiled timeless designs by infusing Indian with western and Arabic cultures. ‘RaniPink’ by Indrani Royan re-created mesmerizing vibes in garments created for an Indian Women.
A moment that defined the entire weekend for me was when I saw Ashok R Maanay’s take on infusing mandarin pattern on Indian Wear. Exquisite headpieces only exercised the complexity of hand-embroidered, beautifully created lehengas and saares. Vibrant hues of red, orange and indigo colors were rather appealing. This collection is one that is difficult to beat.
Urban Factory, through the Runway, brought fashion from the streets of Milan, New York, London and other cities to Indian consumers. Their westernized SS2016 collection will be available in stores and is a must-pick for all women who like to stay updated in their fashion endeavors.
The final day did see us waiting for a few hours but the creative energies focused on celebrating fashion kept us happy. Aanchal Jaggi’s take on fine-embroidery and minimal jewelry assessed with rich indigo color, zari embroidery and interesting silhouettes were seen. Faconner by Arshi Jama portrayed garments that define a women’s grace, the collection showcased ethnic wear infused with traditional Lucknowi embroidery and rich zardosi, in vibrant colors depicting peace. The finale by Pria Kataaria Puri hosted a modern, racy and edgy collection of luxury beach and resort wear inspired by life at St. Tropez in the French Riviera.
With over 40 designers, Bangalore Fashion Week 2016 has set the bar higher for upcoming fashion weeks in the city. Like a bookstore of fashion, it had it all, from gracious, westernized designs, to rich traditional lehengas and saares. We saw celebrities like Gautam Gulati (winner Big Boss 8), Urvashi Rautela (Miss India Universe 2012), Mandana Karimi (Bog Boss 9), Nicole Faria (Miss Earth 2010) and many other gracious stars who spoke to us and gave us many insights on Fashion.
If you are curious about what looks inspired us at the 13th edition of BFW, see these:
- Looks To Adapt From Bangalore Fashion Week 2015
- What The World Is Wearing | Snapdeal At Bangalore Fashion Week 2015