Menswear took a completely new avatar during the four-day event, as designers like Arjun Khanna, Narendra Pawan and Sagar Tenali showcased a wide variety of bride-groom collections. Styled for the modern Indian groom, Arjun Khanna’s collection of rich zardosi embroidered, high-collared Sherwanis had subtle hints of bright pinks and blues on pants, sleeves and pocket squares. Teamed with a patiala, Afghani pants and Jodhpurs, the sherwanis were stitched using fabrics like Banarasi silk, jamawar and jacquard along with heavy pita borders.
Sagar Tenali’s collection of sherwanis exuded a different look as it was teamed with pita-bordered silk skirts. Narendra Pawan played with pastel shades and subtle hints of blue and green silk along with piped and embroidered collars and frilly cuffs. Nupur and Anirudh’s designs had elaborate floral-embroidered motifs stitched on silk sherwanis.
High collars Women’s ethnicwear saw a dose of high collars in Gopal and Manali’s runway collection. Piped and frilly Japanese collars in cotton-checked gamchas and detachable Victorian style collars woven from bamboo were some of the highlights stitched on traditional style ethnic khurtas. Bright coloured detachable high collars were also clubbed with Sagar Tenali’s ethnic sarees.
Laces and tulles
The Bangalore Fashion Week also saw a combination of ethnicwear woven with Chantilly lace with tulle fabrics. Ashok Maanay’s collection glorified Indian tapestry with lace on saree blouses and sleeves. Nirvika Sharma’s models sported tulle lace and elaborate floral gowns with low-cut backs and tulle skirts. On the other hand, the Australian designer Dianna Marjana Kovacevic’s made her models don vintage style crocheted lace on silk dresses. Narendra Pawan used tulle in contrast with beaded cholis and blinged dresses. Ramesh Dembla’s collection had used tulles for ethnic and westernwear. Chaitali Biplap’s gypsy style crocheted skirt and tulle layered lehangas were attached with mirror work. Pria Kataaria also incorporated tulles in her beachwear wraps.
Colour blocks and Monochromatics
Sharnita Valluru’s retro outfits had bright monochromatics in green, pink and blue. Complementary hues of black with pink and black with green reminded one of the 80s retrograde. Parol Potlia played it colourful with with pink and yellow. Shallabh Mittal’s contemporary evening gowns in silk and satin were mostly monochromatics with hints of floral embroidery. Chandani Kumari also made prolific use of colour blocks having mostly white and red in her outfits made of chikankari, pearls and shararas with aari and pita work. Maushmi Badra’s ethnicwear made from velvet, silk, brocade and cotton with tulles were also in monochromatics. Shaila Gupta’s ‘Imperialism’ theme saw blocked analogous colours in blue and yellow and some monochromatics in green and yellow. Swapnil Shinde’s mono jumpsuits for the ‘Alice on Acid’ theme blazed the catwalk with his intricate plastic and Rexene cutwork detail.
Colourful hand-embroidered jackets with layered sleeves complemented sarees by Monapali. Embellished on velvet jackets were Nishanth and Rahul’s jackets on neutral saris. Gopal and Manali used checked gamcha jackets with puffed long sleeves to team with lehangas. However, it was Swapnil Shinde’s body suits with blocked jackets that stole the show. Abhishek Dutta’s futuristic cuts used tissue, floral lace and leather jackets. Embroidered and pop prints on jackets were teamed with cotton skirts and leggings. As for the men’s jackets, there’s wasn’t too much of an experimentation. Ramesh Dembla’s utilitarian jackets with Afghan pants were mostly monochromatic, while Aslam Khan showcased his suits in neutral shades.