It’s fashion week, and Bangalore’s own designers take pride of place
The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2008 that takes off today sees three Bangalore-based designers scorch the ramp this year — Deepika Govind, Manoviraj Khosla and Raj Shroff and Neetu Gupta of Ravage.
Deepika Govind’s WIFW Autumn/Winter ’08 collection is titled “Conference of the Birds, Concert of the Sea”. Using highly textural compositions, self-developed fabrics and innovative silhouettes to translate her ideologies into a fashion story, she presents two collections that bear the imprint of her cause. The spotlight falls on two troubled environments — the silent erosion of the Himalayan eco-system and the destruction of the delicate coral reef. Her collection inspired by the Himalayan bird, has various hues of reds — russet, crimson, scarlet, blacks, coffee brown, dark chocolate, midnight blue while the one dedicated to the coral reef has hues of coral to red, myriad shades of blues and greens. Her strength lies in Ikats, tulle, satin silk, chiffon, tissue silks. Contemporary clothing, fusing strong Western elements on Indian fabrics, stylised tunics with fitted trousers, long jackets mark her collection.
Manoviraj Khosla’s collection, “Retro in 2009”, which is his Autumn/ Winter ’08/’09 collection is a men’s wear line based on turning the look of men’s wear from yesterday to tomorrow. It has a retro influence, which has been turned into a look for the next season. The collection comprises of denim, leather, synthetic suede and silk linens, which have been put together in the form of jackets, vests, chudidar shaped jeans and pants. Cut work, applique, embroidery, Swarovski crystals, rivets, block printing and texturisation of fabrics with layering, and in some cases burning the fabric make this a trendy, funky, yet functional and wearable collection.