BFW Day 4 13th Edition: Streetside Boulevard

July 29, 2015

Day 4 saw off-catwalk style make it to the catwalk with Snapdeal’s Streetside Boulevard.

One of my favourite parts about fashion weeks from around the world has to be off-catwalk style. Every season, I pore over the latest batch of street style images from Fashion Weeks across the globe, looking for tips and takeaways from the industry’s most sartorially savvy individuals. I’m talking a cancel-party-plans-to-keep-browsing level of obsession. And, I got a next-level look at it in Snapdeal’s show, Streetside Boulevard. Fashion influencers, models, editors, designers taking to the streets to articulate their individual style is as interesting to see as the fashion weeks themselves. And to depict this, Snapdeal’s stylists picked 4 cities: London, Paris, Milan and New York and went with fashion’s timeless rules: simplicity, proportion and most importantly, individualism. The looks were innumerable, the music was bangin’, and the style? Totally inspiring.

Street style has come full cycle as it discards its sneakers, T-shirts and baseball caps for glamorised comfort. As models strolled down the runway, the recipe for a new street style called for a dash of hip-hop, a smidgen of punk and a big dollop of sophistication and a smattering of the latest trends, of course. Wrap it up with a carefree attitude and you have the perfect look – slightly disheveled … Read More »

Day 3 at BFW 13th Edition

July 26, 2015

Day 3 saw a revival of Indian crafts in modern sensibilities.

Mona and Pali, the formidable sister duo from Bengal closed Day 3 of Bangalore fashion week 13th Edition. A textural tale is of the essence as Monapali mix diffused prints with textured fabrics. Their clothes are an eclectic mix of design elements generally inspired from the ethnic cultural roots of India. What make the designs distinctly Monapali is the unconventional mix of mediums: be it in textures, prints or embroidery. We saw them revive kantha, folk tribal motifs and the alpana from the realms of oblivion and elevate it to the status of Haute Couture. They also combined block print with spray/smudge prints and hand paint, cut through layers of fabric to create distinct patterns and torn fabrics to create anew. In essence the Monapali garments have a signature look which brings forth the best of the east and the west. And to be honest, it’s the only show I liked all day.

Excited to see Snapdeal’s street style themed show called Streetside Boulevard tonight! The show is segmented into London, Paris, New York and Milan and I’m going to be paying special attention to how they bring out the cities’ signature looks via … Read More »

Day 2 at BFW 13th Edition

July 25, 2015

Day 2 ended with a embarrassingly massive fangirl moment with showstopper Lisa Ray

I don’t find myself in ethnic wear too often but there are some designers that make me reconsider this strongly. Gaurang Shah’s collection presented the modern age bride who is traditional and culturally rooted. Walking down the ‘aisle’ were jamdani sarees and ensembles in khadi, uppada, kanjeevaram, paithani, benarasi, patanpatola accentuated with zardosi embroidery, parsi embroidery, chikankari embroidery and hand-painted kalamkari. Simple but strong, I was drwan to the elaborate unconventional drapes of anarkalis, lehengas and kurtas.

Also to be mentioned is Nidhika Shekhar who showcased a wonderfully feminine collection in pastel nudes, dusky pinks, foggy aquas some punches of black & blue. The ornamentation was intricate and minimal with zari, nalki, moti & sequence – so pleasant on the eyes at a sometimes over-the-top A/W festive parade!

Riya Kodali’s collection was inspired by the marine life, announced the host.The designs themselves were so-so but go up close and there is something to be said about the embellishments. Hand embroidery and appliques dominated the lehengas and gowns. The highlight of my day has to be Lisa Ray who walked down the ramp in a meh gown in blue with fish embroidery with american stones featuring the theme of the show. The … Read More »