Bangaloreans wear more than C++ and Java. They wear glamour with panache that ranges from Indo western chic to bohemian, from ethnic Khadi to Katha and the  Winter Festive theme of the 15 th edition of the Wear Style Bangalore Fashion Week brought them  all to the fore.  Designers launched their collections for the upcoming festive season with students from Dream Zone kickstarting the 4-day show held at Bangalore’s Sheraton Grand., The collections were theme-based  emphasizing feminity and with “Make in India” in mind also showcased  handlooms.

Acclaimed actor Ragini Diwedi walked the ramp for designer Michelle Salins; Nabha Nitesh and Sumanth Shailendra walked for Pooja Bagaria and Mrs. India Universe 2016 Lakshmi Sheshadri walked for designers Alpa & Reena,Elli Avram walked the ramp for designer Ramesh Dembla and Nora Fatehi for designer Shazia by 6 Degrees.

Alpa & ReenaDevika Kalia’s ‘Hues of Trance’.

This  was Indo-Western which mainly comprised of gowns, flowy skirts with embroidered blouses. The colours used were pastels in gold; corals; soft pinks and peaches. Net dupattas; soft pink satins; the fusion of traditional embroidery on English cut gowns and beautiful soft colours was  the  highlight of the collection. Flowy fabrics, fabric trains, beautiful soft colours emphasised the feminine look.

Soumya Patel’s ‘Gloriana’ – The Virgin Queen’

This was about powerful women who ruled England for almost five decades and she was one of the most influential people in terms of her contribution to fashion. Her extravagant gowns embedded with bows and jewels are still an inspiration for today’s designers’. Soumya’s collection reflected  the metamorphosis of a cold -blooded queen to a mature lady. She was a young, powerful and violent queen who was born in the romantic period to the mighty dynasty of Tudor. The key elements were women empowerment; obsessed  and powerful; it was a vintage tale from the pages of  history.

MichellePurvi Doshi’s  ‘Rhythm of Desert  

 This had sustainability’ in its root and ‘Make in India’ in its soul, the ensembles purely using hand-woven India-made “Khadi” fabric. This collection was one more move towards popularizing the khadi industry which help generates employment for thousands. Geometric patterns with floral highlights in vibrant colours formed the structure of these garments that were also inspired by the Gypsies of the desert who are an integral part of the folk arts of India. An eye-capturing spread of oasis like brilliantly coloured parsi embroideries incorporated in contemporary designs and sillhouttes.

PoojaReflections’ by Shazia

This was inspired by the unbounded sky and portrays the similarity and relationship of the sky with us, humans. This chic line is a melange of abstract print and soothing colours. In her collection, she has used sheer fabrics such as organza, satin in the shades of white and blue which depict the calm and soothing shades of the sky connecting to the mind of an individual.

Leena and Akshara’sBlack Magic’ –   showcased their collection as per the theme. The first choice was a mix of ‘ Shiva’s stotram ‘. Abha Choudhary’s ‘Aura’ was an indo-western range of clothing , Stuti Shah’s range was ‘Katha’. Floral Voyage’ by Pooja Manohar, Silver Fox by Ramesh Dembla and Prerna Sarkar’s ‘Shaping with elegance’ were some of the other themes.