Stars shine at Blenders fashion finale
Yami Gautam dazzled the ramp on Sunday with her poise and looks in a bridal wear while walking for designer Mandira Wirk when the floor was already left burning by Chitrangada Singh in golden and black, after walking for Pankaj and Nidhi at the grand finale of the Kolkata Edition of 8th Blenders Pride Fashion Tour (BPFT), 2012.
Mandira Wirk, known for her impeccable quality, showcased her range called "Veils... Unveiled", drawn from the inspiration of the English brides which rolls back to the time starting with elegant venue to the three-tiered cake with pastel rosettes all around that combines simplicity, purity and opulence in the most uninhibited way of expressing beauty.
"My collection is taken from English bride, which is very simple, sophisticated, elegant, romantic, dreamy-like fairy tale and the colour palate starts with fresh ivories which goes down to mutted silver, aquas, lilacs, apricots, and rose pink, taking me to the time where bride holds a bouquet of assorted beautiful seasonal flowers," said Mandira.
The layering of foil printed organza, nets and satins in gowns, evening dresses with tight pleating or one-shouldered tulle gowns with ribbons, origami, chiffon drapes and bouquet of flowers in hands made the ramp look quite like a "Hawaiian wedding" for Mandira where she had been for her honeymoon and wished to get remarried to her husband.
Speaking on Yami, Mandira gushed,"I am already excited with my own collection, it's very feminine, fresh and Yami would surely make a difference. I have given her a robe with tony embroidery. She has beauty and intelligence which reminds me of a bride to be married."
The grand finale also had gold offerings called "Liquid Gold tree" by designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi who bagged Chitrangada to step into the shoes of a showstopper and presented formal evening wears with eclectic pieces making a strong fashion statement.
The debutant designer duo dominated on the contrast of black and gold in patterns almost like tree in a gold avatar adorned with stones like agate, blue, quartz, sapphire and ruby.
"Blenders Pride is more than creating fashion. It's an amalgamation of our best designs, also our first in Blenders Pride so we have used vintage metallic, exclusive textures, vibrant colours, lot of handcrafted elements in the garments like two hundred hours of work, a wearable collection made on air with materials used to make baskets and chattais," said Nidhi.
Chitrangada gushed," I felt nervous all the way but I loved what they have created. This is different and I love too much of black which is the must have in my wardrobe."
Blenders Pride just didn't stop at the Bollywood beauties as designer Ashish N Soni chose to present Australian cricketer Shaun Tait who hit a century at the 40 yards with his killing expressions.
He especially designed resort collections for the BPFT where optical illusions-inspired print, a kaleidoscopic print as well with polka dots mix together and teamed up with every footwear attempted to form the key looks.
"We almost settle in simple costumes and for the holidays you don't want to pack heavy so it is a fresh approach. Graphic black,navy, dusty pink, deep maroon, pale grey and salmon are used together often in the same ensemble, with emphasis on the accentuated waist, femininity and fun. You must find some element of fun in every piece or the element of resort is lost entirely," he said.
Lastly, Falguni and Shane Peacock who have dressed Bollywood and Hollywood stars and known for their avantgarde and futuristic fashion sensibilities showcased their assortment of flared lehengas, saris, and sexy cholis in a milange of colours with crystals and feathers, perfect for all wedding festivities from mehendi, sangeet, shaadi to final bidai.
"The collection is mostly of ethnic wears. India comes with different colourful backgrounds so colours are very important for our range. We set no colour palate for Indians as complexion varies, so we go according to complexion," commented Shane Peacock.
The Floral motifs sprinkled on saris with embroidered borders and worn tasselled shoulder corsets, tiered frilled net gowns with glittering corsets and embellished sherwanis concluded the grand show.
The BPFT also unveiled the Blenders pride Fashion Resource Book, the only fashion guide of its kind here.