It’s been an exciting two weeks – if you follow my updates on Snapchat you’ll know a lot has been going on. I got to attend fashion week for the second time in Bangalore, and this time, I got to experience a runway show right from the front row! While I had to skip two of the days since I was travelling, I loved watching the shows on the first and last day. Read on to know what shows I got to see at Blender’s Pride Bangalore Fashion Week.
My outfit from day one was one I’d wanted to put together because of the colours and silhouettes – I wore a vintage Yves Saint-Laurent blazer with shoulder pads, a black top and a beautiful galaxy print skirt from Vajor.
The best part of getting to experience this show was the fact that I was seated right in the front row – the view, the vibe and the whole mood was just amazing, and this’ll always go down as my very first experience of a runway show from the front row. Here’s what it looked like!
Although it’s still rather bizarre that we aren’t allowed to use our phones to take pictures for Instagram or Snapchat when all the major runways in the world have fashion editors and bloggers snapping from the front row. Hopefully this will change in future seasons of this show. Coming to the presentation now.
Oxolloxo is a relatively new fast fashion e-commerce brand that’s arrived on the scene. The Oxolloxo presentation was about fun, on-trend fashion inspired by global trends and colours. The collection saw breezy scarf prints on rompers and shirt dresses with a relaxed fit, splashes of colourful florals against white, and coordinated blazer sets paired with shorts or tailored trousers. The nightwear also saw lots of sequins and embellishments.
The setup this time was rather interesting, with a wall created by the students of JD Institute of Fashion Technology, stalls by Oxolloxo and the Blender’s Pride VIP section.
The highlight from day 4, Blender’s Pride Bangalore Fashion Week was the mesmerizing show, Faconner by Arshi Jamal. Dedicating this collection to his late mother, Jamal exhibited some of the most exquisite designs reminiscent of royal Nawabi Lucknow, featuring intricate chikankari embroidery using chiffon, organza and other interesting textures.
The show opened with beautiful fairylights set to a backdrop created to look like some of Lucknow’s landmarks. Swishy lehengas embroidered painstakingly with traditional motifs, flowers and vines looked stunning, in colours like bright reds, maroons, pastels and dull gold. The models walked the runway with a regal, almost magnificent presence, stopping to do an adaab. There were blouses with beautiful organza tie-ups on the back, some cut in the bandhgala/waistcoat aesthetic, others with delicate chikankari embroidery climbing up a semi-sheer neckline. Every lehenga was embroidered with staggering detail that looked even more ethereal under the runway lights.
The jewellery was focused more on ornate headpieces reminiscent of the Mughal era, while makeup emphasized the eyes, with beautiful kajal-lined eyes, shimmery eyeshadow and bold lips.
The men looked exceptionally royal and dapper, with beards having a moment on the runway. The colour palette was mostly gold and white, with interesting interpretations of the bandhgala or kurta, one that stood out had coat-tails, and another was cut
Arshi Jamal stepped out to lots of applause – it was a magical show and made me think even more about why on earth we don’t work with our beautiful Indian textile techniques – whether it’s chikankari, zari, block-printing and more with all kinds of silhouettes, not just Indian or Indo-Western wear. Things are looking up though, with many independent labels experimenting with traditional techniques on global styles and silhouettes.
I hope you liked this glimpse I had into Blender’s Pride Bangalore Fashion Week this time. I hope to be able to attend a lot more shows next time and review them in detail for you.
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