From dupattas to overcoats... Day Two of the Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week, 8th edition, Summer/Showers 2013 provided us with a fair idea about what’s going to be trending this season.
However, surprisingly, it was not just the more popular designers who left an impression on us with their powerful style statements but also younger designers, still trying to create a niche for themselves in the world of fashion and glamour. From mixing and matching colours and fabrics, to embellishments that added quite the bit of zing to a range of very wearable garments — each designer had something new to offer.
Designer: Umesh P Joshi
Label: Umesh Joshi design studio
From cocktail wear and lehengas to salwars, this Bangalore based designer had a host of garments to offer. While his black outfits would appeal more to those of you who love to bling it, a white and blue flowy number that stood out was perfect for those who swear by the ‘simple’ fashion mantra. And if you ask us about that one thing from his collection that will appeal to everyone without doubt — well, it’s most definitely the way the designer used lace.
Designers: Shweta Shill & Pankaj Kumar
Label: You and Me
Collection: The Call of The Khadi
This collection was all about giving khadi a contemporary twist. What we particularly loved about this designer duo was the fact that they never repeated a single neckline. Each of their short and mid-length dresses came with some impressive embroidery too. From cut to thread embellishments, there was something to suit everyone’s taste.
Designer: Sandhya Reddy
Label: Studio Vanille
Her embroidery techniques are what floored us. For instance, her vibrant dupattas that come with mirror work, was not something that you should resist from indulging in. We loved the way she designed her skirts and the sleeveless tops that came with floral embroideries as well. We spotted butterfly motifs too and well, we all know how much the world loves butterflies!
Designer: Archana Kochhar
Label: Archana Kochhar
Collection: Bridal Sutra
Archana Kochhar’s collection was lavish and vibrant — everything that one expects when it comes to bridal wear. While the women had their lehengas, anarkalis and saris to choose from, men could take their pick from structured sherwanis. While we particularly fancied a blue sherwani with a dress kurta, we could not help but get a feeling that we had seen some of these silhouettes and fabrics in some of the designer’s previous collections. Also the blue sari that show stopper and actor Geeta Basra wore somehow failed to make the desired impact. That said the all-in-black sub-collection with which the show opened, was extremely interesting and experimental — something we could do with a lot more of.
Designer: Akshita Jain
Label: Akshita Jain
Colours, colours and more colours — think crayons and this is what will come to your mind. And it was from these very colours that Akshita chose to seek her inspiration for her debut Bangalore Fashion Week collection. Be it the orange and black, pink and blue or the red and purple combos, this young lady ensured that everything look good. We also liked the way she played around with diverse fabrics such as net, satin, velvet, georgette and chiffon.
Designer: Heena Raj
If you are more of a short dress or backless kind of person, then trust Heena Raj to give you the perfect look. What we liked about this designer was also the fact that she had used an array of colours. From yellows, blues, creams, oranges, blacks, purples and greens to amazing golds — the colour palette was spectacular. Our pick from the collection would be the cream off shouldered asymmetric dress that the designer herself sported, while a green and gold pleated dress also caught our attention.
Designer: Anjali Rai
Collection: Everything This And That
This collection had a bohemian touch to it and was very carefree. What we loved about the collection was the loose-fitting cuts that came with it and the light weight cotton fabric used all through the collection. As for the colour palette, the whites dominated. We also got to see outfits in the usual yellow and orange combinations and coming to our best pick, shall we just say that we still haven’t stopped going gaga over the bright coloured in-your-face flare pants.
Designer: Ramesh Dembla
Label: Krishna Dembla
Collection: Fuchsia Shine
Ramesh’s tribute to womanhood in these trying times, while impressive in bits, reminded us of several of his other collections sans the usual festive and celebratory colour palette. We were mighty impressed with his line of semi-formal jackets in shades we had never imagined men could pull off. And while his collection of saris did not offer anything new, his lehenga collection especially the one with the patchwork worked wonderfully well for us. That said we have to congratulate Ramesh for experimenting with a new colour palette that most designers would shy away from.