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    The city’s couture landscape gets an update with the Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week

    With a focus on Bang alore’s top desi gners and the reigning theme being a tribute to the Garden City, the seasonal fashion week gave city fashionistas a heads-up for the coming Spring/Summer season.

    Going West
    While inspirations varied from architecture and philosophy to sunny California and vibrant Punjab, some designers stuck to the tried and tested while others ventured into new waters. Summer for most at the showcase was still all about fun, with bright pops of colour, plenty of glittered embellishment and high-on-glamour evening wear. Hemlines went considerable higher than those that dominated the winter, with minis and knee-length dresses featuring in the collections of Vidya Vivek’s 3D detailed Chisel line, Disha & Menaka’s floral-inspired Soiree couture and Prabhat Kumar’s casual chic Aphrodite.

    Manoviraj Khosla’s Grand Finale epitomised the theme of the showcase with slinky silhouettes, dare-to-bare necklines and the generous use of sequinned fabrics in a line that ranged from fitted minis to tapered calf-length ensembles that oozed glamour as they moved from neons and crocheted day wear to rich blacks and incandescent gold shimmer ensembles — a tribute to the love-to-party people of the city. And Michelle Salins’ high-on-colour line, including shift dresses and textured maxis, takes its inspiration from California chic with fitted cuts and print-technique detailing.

    Staying home
    On the Indo-Western front there was Rehane and Lalita & Amit with collections that paid homage to their cultural influences. Rehane did so through her selection of indigenous textiles and craftsmanship in a collection of flowing silhouettes and loosely structured maxis, while the bold prints and subtle contrast detailing in Daksh is all about structure and nude base fabrics.

    Indian ensembles held high ground through the week too. Gunkiran’s line featured Victorian-style blouses with embroidered cuffs and deep front slits and Ramesh Dembla’s showcase was dominated by embroidered nets in black and red that ran through saris and risque kurta-churidars. Shloka Sudhakar and Taniya Sagwan brought out lehenga, kurta and sari ensembles and even intricately detailed jackets. In summery shades of salmon pink, coral, sky blue and beige, they brought in an element of structure through fitted cuts, long panels, and darker hues like grey, black and deep red.

    While the men were left a little wanting, Khosla, Salins, Dembla and Abhishek Dutta interspersed their collection with bright and textured jackets as well as casual chic tees and distressed denims.

    Susanna Chandy

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