High fashion and style rule at Bangalore Fashion Week
Designer wear presented with flair and glamor.
It could easily have been just another fashion week in an already crowded calendar. But the Bangalore Fashion Week, 2014, was all about a leading fashion portal promoting designer wear and the latest fashion styles from leading names to their avid shoppers. The Bangalore Fashion Week, a global fashion event with ten editions in the Garden City, one in Bangkok and forthcoming editions in Dubai and London was held from August 7-10 at Sheraton Bangalore Hotel, Brigade Gateway, and included exciting day time fashion shows, Kingfisher after-parties and much more.
The emphasis of the 11th edition of this grand affair was charisma, flair and glamor as the leading names from the fashion industry took center stage. Coming as a breath of fresh air was a refreshingly different line up of hand‐picked designers including Asima Leena, Priya Kataria Puri, Archana Kochhar, Aslam Khan, Ramesh Dembla, Debarun Mukherjee, Lalit Dalmia and Alpa & Reena. Additionally, the event saw Myntra.com showcase its Autumn-Winter’14 collection, with Roadster and DressBerry being the highlights of the season. In the last ten editions, the Bangalore Fashion Week has showcased over 250 Indian and international designers including JJ Valaya, Ritu Beri, Ritu Kumar, Arjun Khanna, Rina Dhaka, Nikki Mahajan, Narendra Kumar, Claudi Antonini (Italy), Bozena Carter (UK), Pam & Arch (UK), Daniel Hecter (France) and Mustaffa Hassan Ali (Africa).
Day One of Bangalore Fashion Week (Winter Festive) saw a mix of upcoming talent and veterans showcasing their collection. The opening show was an astounding performance by budding designers from Dream Zone Fashion School. The techniques used to create each collection were remarkable. Most noteworthy was Lalit Dalmia’s collection, a blend of our ancient heritage with a modern twist. Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari was the showstopper for the collection. However, the highlight of the day was Archana Kochhar, ace couturier who has showcased her collections on national and international runways for over a decade now. She has been invited by Galleries L’fayette Paris to showcase her collection with international design house like Versace, Armani and Nina Ricci. Richa Chadda and Nikhil Dwivedi walked for the ramp for the veteran. The makeup was fresh and dewy, and the beautiful hair style with tresses pulled over one shoulder made the shutter bugs have a field day.
Day Two of the Fashion Week showcased the most diverse roster of designers from every corner of the country. The day started with the Dream Zone Fashion School Collection that celebrated the people and places that had inspired the budding designers. South Indian movie sensation Isha Talwar walked the ramp for designer duo Alpa & Reena in a pristine white dress. The collection was inspired by the colors of the seven chakras, or energy centers of our body, one color for each mood: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The designs were interpreted through a fusion of intricate handcrafted embellishments and detailed tailoring inspired by exquisite art forms of traditional embroidery techniques juxtaposed on dramatic yet structured silhouettes with a subtle flare. Isha’s hair was perfect for a fairytale sangeet or cocktail evening; curly locks and a gentle pulled back bouffant that looked simply stunning.
Day Three showcased Ruchi & Shipra, Mandeep Litt and Aslam Khan whose take on western wear was just perfect. Mugdha Godse was the star on the ramp, resplendent in a head turning white lehenga. But it was Debarun’s classic, relaxed designs on Day Four that caught everyone’s fancy. The patterns were geometric, complementary and varied enough to look busy and flowing without looking cluttered and over the top. We especially loved the neat updos that beautifully showcased the bronzed faces and sultry silhouettes.
The grand finale of the Bangalore Fashion Week saw couture queens Asima & Leena’s Mughal inspired ensembles take to the ramp. Bollywood royalty Soha Ali Khan walked for the designer duo. Famed for one-of-a-kind ensembles, this bridal collection, as well as the textile derived Banaras was specially created for a bespoke experience. Soha looked every bit the royal bride. With her own wedding on the cards, we wonder what her D-day outfit will look like.
As an avid fashionista you probably know that this year’s festive couture lineup is just getting started. If you haven’t quite nailed down your festive season look and don’t want to spend an hour curling your tresses only to have them come tumbling down at the first sign of sweat, you’re in luck. We’ve got a ridiculously easy way for you to get those no-muss-no-fuss, ready-to-rock waves just like Soha Ali Khan. So forget the curling iron and let your hair down with these tricks.
Shampoo, condition and comb your locks. Use anold, soft T-shirt to blot dry your hair, and generously spritz FX Sea Salt Spray Wave And Texturizing Mist onto clean, wet hair. Then blow dry on low or medium heat until hair is only slightly damp using the ETI Italy Excell 2000 Watts Dryer Black
Evenly apply a dollop of L’Oreal Professionnel Volume Full Volume Extra to slightly damp hair.
Depending on the thickness of your strands, divide up hair into three or four sections. Twist each section tightly into long ropes. (The thicker your hair, the more sections you should create.) Twist sections in different directions, some inward and some outward, so the resulting waves look less uniform.
Briefly blow dry each section on low heat. Then curl each twisted section into buns. Use bobby pins to secure each bun in place if your hair is thick.
Now go to bed!
In the morning, undo each bun and run your fingers through your hair to blend waves for a more natural look. Spray Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MENSION Strong Hold Hairspray to hold the style in place.
By makeup artist Arshis Javeri (www.arshisjaveri.com)
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