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10/10/2017

Rock stars, romance and high fashion set the ramp on fire

When it comes to the fashion calendar, Sunday night was one of the most awaited of the year in Bengaluru, as the country's best designers showcased their latest collections at Day 2 of the Bangalore Times Fashion Week. If Day 1 had set temperatures soaring, Day 2 only added to the heat, as top designers, such as IDeA Design House, Manoviraj Khosla, Narendra Kumar and Neeta Lulla set the ramp on fire with their beautiful works of art. It was no wonder then that the creme de la creme turned up to watch this fashion feast, in an evening curated by actress Pranitha Subhash. Spotted watching the shows were actors Diganth, Meghana Gaonkar, Harshika Poonacha, Shubra Aiyappa, music director Gurukiran and wife Pallavi, filmmaker Anup Bhandari, top cop BNS Reddy, politician Janardhan Reddy, fashion icons Prasad Bidapa and Ramesh Dembla, Mr India 2016 Vishnu Raj S Menon, and socialites Sheetal Sharma, Barkha Mahtani, Aditi Premji, Leena Singh and Manjusha Maheshwari.

The event's co-sponsor was TAFE Tribe, while LuvIt Chocolates was the indulgence partner, Kingfisher Ultra Derby the experience partner, The Grannary the snacking partner, Radio Mirchi the radio partner and Lakme Salon the hair and makeup partner.

The collection of Thomas Abraham, design director at IDeA Design House, was themed the Black Wedding, which follows the classic wedding gown done in all black, silk, velvet, satin and toile. Every gown had a long train and elaborate headgear, which reminded one of the transcendent cathedrals of Chartres, Cologne and Barcelona. Speaking about the inspiration behind his collection, Thomas says, "Usually, weddings are associated with reds or whites, since women should be 'pure' or 'virginal'. Black, on the other hand, is sensual — it's a woman expressing her sexuality, someone who is unafraid to be herself, saying I don't give a damn, this is me. We wanted to show that even a wedding can be like that. We wanted something grand, gorgeous and great, which we did with the colour black, the long 10-feet trails and big headdress." And this reflected in the three Miss India finalists that walked for Thomas — fbb Colors Femina Miss India Kerala Mannat Singh, fbb Femina Miss India 2016 finalist Zeba Baig and fbb Colors Femina Miss Odisha 2017 Christeena Biju, who was the showstopper.

Bengaluru-based designer Manoviraj Khosla's collection, The Indian Rockstar, is an amalgamation of Indian and Western silhouettes for men and women. He gave us a night to remember, when Behram Siganporia brought alive the ramp with a performance with his band, Best Kept Secret, as models sashayed down the ramp. The party continued when Manoviraj and his showstopper, actress Aindrita Ray, walked, or rather danced down the ramp, to loud cheers by all, including Aindrita's beau, actor Diganth. There wasn't a single person in the hall that wasn't moving to the music. "My collection is for the Indian rock star, so we chose a rock star who is very international, but has a very Indian touch to him — Behram. Since it's the Diwali season, my collection has Indian and international elements mixed into as far as silhouettes are concerned. But it's all done using very Indianized palates," says Manoviraj of his collection.

Ace designer Narendra Kumar's Fall-Winter 2017 collection, that is inspired by the new-age bride, was a special treat, what with the audience getting to watch the designer's directorial debut, The Marriage of Shayla Patel, that was played as his cocktail collection of the modernity of art deco, combined with the elegance of fusion Indian wear took over the runway. The film is about a young girl, who is about to be married and the choices that she has to make. The choice that Shayla Patel makes reflects the glamorous collection that is aimed at strong-willed women who, at times, go through emotional battles when choosing between true love and family. Showstopper Nikita Sahay, who also stars in the film, made a bold statement in a red gown at the end of the show, when she shows the audience her choice — does she pick love or loyalty to her family? "The collection is smart, cocktail wear, with an Indian-Western fusion — it has a distinctly Indian flavour, while working with a combination of Western silhouettes," says Narendra, of his richly-embroidered collection, with a palate of greens, blues and reds, of gowns, cocktail dresses and jumpsuits combined with smartly tailored jackets, digital prints and stripes. Filmmaker Anup Bhandari, top cop BNS Reddy and actor Diganth were among those who were left spellbound by the collection.

Talk about ending with a bang! Neeta Lulla premiered her label, Npret, at the Bangalore Times Fashion Week, bringing the maiden edition to a close with a heavy dose of style, oomph, beauty, celeb power and loads of style. The affordable wedding range that aims to create a fine balance between haute couture and pret a porter, had not one, but three beautiful, strong-willed women walking the ramp — actress Suman Ranganath who opened the show, contemporary dancer and actress Ria Nalavade, and showstopper, badminton ace Saina Nehwal. Speaking about Npret, Neeta says, "The collection is inspired from a contemporary outlook for the Indian bride. It is predominantly a resort-wear collection, which has a mild vintage feel to it. It's very pretty, for today's young girl who aspires to wear something voluminous yet minimalistic, elegant and stylized; it's everything that comes to the mind of today's bride." Speaking about her showstopper, Saina, Neeta adds, "Saina is the outcome of what the entire collection stands for — a girl who knows her mind, who knows how to make her aspirations and dreams come true, and how she wants to dress. Saina has a fine cultural balance deep within her; she is the perfect muse for me because that is what the collection is about." The jewellery partner for the collection is NS Jewells, Lavelle Road. Notable guests for the show were Janardhan Reddy and his wife, Aruna Lakshmi.Read more at:wedding dresses online | bridal gowns

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