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    Thirty designers come together for the 15th edition of Bangalore Fashion Week

    It’s only apt that Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW), held at the startup hub of the country, has been given an online update this year. Showcasing the works of 30 hand-picked designers, across four days, the kicker is that their collections will be available for sale online.
    Entitled Wear.Style Bangalore Fashion Week – Winter Festive Online, the event features a mix of seasoned and budding designers. Big players like Michelle Salins, Archana Kochhar and Abhishek Dutta have something unique in store, while promising newbies like Divya and Snigdha, Pooja Bagaria, Kavya Bagamane and Pooja Prasad Raghavendra, and Puja Mapxencar will be looking to make a mark.
    A collection that showcases ‘the language of flowers,’ debutant duo Bagamane and Raghavendra’s Sacaru will see formal and semi-formal outfits bearing water colour prints of flowers ranging from roses to lavender, symbolising various emotions and meaning. “During the late 19th century a language arose through flowers. People used to exchange coded messages through them. A deep red rose was used to express romantic love, while a white carnation symbolised purity,” explains Bengaluru-based Bagamane, adding that colours range from peaches to greens to blues, while fabrics used are organza, silk crepe, chiffon and tulle.
    Taking India as an inspiration, Goa-based Pooja Mapxencar’s kurtas lend a bit of quirkiness to proceedings. “My family lived in Germany for 30 years, but through it all they never lost their ‘Indianness’. This is what inspired my brand, Kandida,” shares the designer whose collection for BFW, Escape O Nature, features prints of typically Indian animals, birds, and flowers on cotton silk.
    Nepal national Pooja Bagaria Jhunjhunwala, who has now made Bengaluru her home, will present a line entitled Into The Woods. “The idea is to capture the emotion of freedom. To achieve this we’ve used techniques such as 3D embellishments, balanced with light pastel shades,” explains Jhunjhunwala. Specialising in cocktail wear, her line includes flowy jumpsuits, gowns and sari dresses.
    Till August 7. At Sheraton Grand Hotel Bangalore. Rajajinagar. Details: 42521000

    Lookbook
    “This season, we’re going for nude eyes and nude lips across all shows, as that is what is trending at the moment. I’m avoiding dark lips at all costs as that is a bit dated. For the eyes, there’s a lot of geometrical shapes being used to make the models look futuristic. We are using white mascara for frosty eyes, where needed. On the hair front, we’re going with a lot of updos and braids. Abhishek Dutta, Soniya Patel and Ramesh Dembla’s shows are the ones where we’ve done a lot of dramatic experimentation with hair and makeup,”
    – Robert Naorem, director of Hair and Make-up, BFW

    On the runway
    Every designer has his or her own style. The walk depends on the
    collection, the make-up, the styling and ultimately what the designer has in mind. This time around, it’s going to be a mix of dramatic, mellow,
    ethnic and contemporary. I’m working with 20 designers this year so it’s quite a tight situation. I can tell you that it’s going to be
    very different and exciting.
    – MS Sreedhar, choreographer

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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