The four-day-long fashion week held at the Lalit Ashok hotel, from 25 to 28 January 2013 showcased collections from 30 designers, including some of the most famed names from the fashion industry, such as Ritu Kumar, Rina Dhaka, Archana Kochhar, Abhishek Dutta, Niki Mahajan, Neeru, and Ramesh Dembla. The trend for the season remained Indo-Western wear with more of bridalwear. The show also attracted a swarm of online buyers and fashion bloggers. Committed to promote Indian fashion on a global scale, Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW) will soon go global with its world tour, starting from the Bangkok Edition in March 2013. The BFW world tour will travel to hot spots such as Dubai and London, eventually promoting the objective of BFW to showcase Indian fashion industry to the global fashion world.
Colours and fabric
Shades of pink, red, purple, blue, emerald and gold were predominant. In fabrics, designers like Rina Dhaka worked mostly on jerseys and stretches. Says Dhaka, “I have developed gajji silk, which is a traditional material from Gujarat. I also showcased cotton satins and laser cuts to give a traditional look to skirts.” Jute with appliqués and embroideries, softer cottons, georgette, chiffon, tulle and linen were very common during the four-day event. Digital and 3D textures were also seen woven into traditional Indian collections.
Ritu Kumar, who was recently awarded the Padma Shri, had her show split into two parts, for the young trendy and her art collection of baroque and vintage lines, using her own prints and lace work followed by her bridal collection. On the other hand, Akhilesh Pahwa’s collection had vintage yet polished creations. Designer Shweta Bhargava showcased her signature style of western cuts with Indian surface ornamentation.
Designer Neeru’s Wedding Collection 2013 included gowns, suits and lehengas in heavy borders with intricate karigari work. Men’s ethnicwear was also highlighted with koti jackets, sherwanis and kurta pajamas.
Jackets and coats
Sayantan Sarkar’s collection revolved around Summer-Resort wear, targetted at the bohemian globe-trotter. His label for the warring and struggling minds of today’s Indian society, called To Be or Not to Be, had both male and female models dressed in the same colours and fabrics. Vegetable dyed, thin, cotton jackets were popular in green, orange, blue and purple shades. Fish motives printed on straight-lined, ethnic cuts with frills and lace work added a zing to the collection. Sarkar says, “Today we see the Indian market highly influenced, where the ready-to-wear market has evolved with the intrusion of foreign brands. There is a mass spread of awareness in brand values into the buyer as well as the seller sections of the industry. Fashion today is the common man’s concept and not the privilege of a select few; it is a more widespread and accepted phenomena.”
Ritu Kumar’s trendy art collection of silky, wide flowing overcoats had geometrical bird motives in bright yellow or gold with an elegant black. There were also tribal, aztec-like prints with bright orange and sky-blue colours.
Leggings and meggings
Printed and embellished leggings were sported by both male and female models gracing the ramp for bridal, ethnic and casualwear in almost all of the designers’ collections. Rina Dhaka had her own woven stretches with prints along with kurtas. Rajneeral Babutta’s collection of Mystic Topaz had models wearing bright glittery leggings with heavily embroidered velvet kurtas. Bright orange, white and red leggings under-gowns by Akshita Jain added up to the visual treat.
The highlight of the show was models sporting hats along with ethnic, contemporary and Western clothes. Amrish Dhamani’s Jashn-e-Bahar collection saw models walking the ramp wearing Morrocan hats along with ethnicwear, taking inspiration from the Mughal Darbari. Designer Akshita Jain’s colourful collection, Crayons, had spring and summer hues and models wearing straw and bright coloured, wide brimmed hats along with contemporary lehengas.