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A cold show
Pictures by Rashbehari Das

The Bhawanipur Fashionista ’07, the annual show of the fashion designing and textile department of the Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society was held recently at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. With the Swiss Alps as a backdrop, a couple of makeshift ramps played host to faces from the Calcutta catwalk, sporting the designs of around 40 students from the graduating batches.

In the early evening, the venue saw a flurry of activity, with models applying last minute touch-ups, DJs running sound checks and emcees practising their lines. The designers were busy making adjustments to their garments. “I must admit I’m feeling a little nervous because my line is the first of the evening,” smiled Pinaki Sarkar. He need not have worried for his collection, titled Celestial, depicting an imaginary world replete with nature motifs like waves, went on to win the award for Best Designer.

“My collection Preservation is earthy, with a lot of greens and browns,” said Shikha Hirawat, who bagged the award for Best Couture.

By and large, however, the designers traded in creativity to follow trends, resulting in lines that resembled one another. Barring a few, all the collections sported similar elements like layering, loose ribbons, billowing harem pants, stockings, strappy dresses and bandannas. Some bordered on the bizarre, with starfish sandals, outlandish headgear and saris accessorised with kitchen utensils like ladles.

A line that impressed was Zahra Lucky’s Butterfly, which bagged the prize for Best Collection. Bejewelled and patchworked dresses, halters and gowns dominated the collection. Some of the outfits were splashed with butterfly motifs.

Priyanka Bachhawat’s Paul Klee Reborn had plenty of geometric motifs in vibrant reds. Kushboo Shah’s novel Seesha, with hookahs and tiklis, had a royal feel and won the prize for Best Creativity. My Kolkata, inspired by the city, was Rupinder Kaur’s line.

Nandan and the Howrah Bridge shared ramp space with telebhaja, as models sashayed down the aisle to the beats of the dhaak, winning the Best Art award.
The high point was Akansha Agrawal’s Fighters of the Future; a kiddie show that had children posing as robots. Colourful canvas shoes in yellow and red, leather-like dresses and fun accessories made this line interesting. It won the Jury’s Choice Award.
Among the judges for the evening were designer Abhishek Dutta, beauty expert Bridgette Jones, president, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Sutanu Ghosh, vice consul of Federal Republic of Germany Thomas Scherer and president of B.D. Bangur Endowment Trust Manjushree Bangur. “The students need to work on the colour palette and also do a bit more research. I think I’ll give it a six out of 10,” said Abhishek.
Some of the other winners included Deepika Jhunjhunwala (Best Student), Lekha Mehta (Best Sourcing), Abhishek Choudhary (Best Textile Application), Aparna Ganguly (Best Styling) Payal Gupta (Best Surface Ornamentation), Priyanka Jain (Best Innovation) and Aditi Goenka (Best Commercial Collection).

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