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Fashion Fiesta

Priya cinema rolled out the red carpet for Fashion Week Kolkata’s first off-site show by designer Abhishek Dutta on Friday night. The designer extended his LFW winter-festive look 2012 for the Calcutta audience. Against live music by the band Zoo, models walked the makeshift ramp in front of the screen. From jumpsuits to saris, the silhouette story had it all for him and for her. Dominated by prints, leather cutwork, sheer inlays, purple, black and grey comprised the colour palette; giving it company was eerie eye make-up! The show also saw three showstoppers — (from left) Rituparna Sengupta, Shaheb Bhattacherjee and Indraneil Sengupta.

Agnimitra with (from far left) Syed Rahim Nabi, Mehtab Hossain, Odafa Okolie, Kalyan Chaubey and Tolgay Ozbey

Syed Rahim Nabi was apprehensive of his wife breaking into laughter when he walked the ramp. For Mehtab Hossain, it was a first brush with lipstick — wearing it, that is! Odafa Okolie was “paranoid” about walking with an injury. But after walking in a namaboli styled into dhoti and kantha angarkha, Tolgay Ozbey wanted an action replay! All in an evening’s showing by Agnimitra Paul. Madhubani art was splashed on her creations that included saris, long skirts, jumpsuits, cropped tops and tunics. Swinging to DJ Akash’s beats as he spun live, the models walked in chewing paan. And Odafa walked away with tips from Moon Moon Sen in the front row on how to strike the right pose for the cameras!

Story of Weaves, by Paromita Banerjee, was all about the Bengal feel. Khadi, ikat, tussore, Chanderi and Dhakai saris were the mainstay of the collection. She also styled wraps, skirts, kurtas and jackets. Dhaan neckpieces looked interesting as did kolapata and gamchha as add-ons. Models catwalking barefeet and sal leaves lining the aisle added to the show’s rustic flavour.

Mona Lamba and Pali Sachdev soak in the applause post-show

Designer duo Monapali showcased a vibrant line. Flooding the ramp were pinks, sea greens, blues and purples. Crochet, lace, applique and threadwork dominated the designboard. Tussore, silk, net and satin were fashioned into saris, dresses, flared pants and kurtas. Bib neckpieces, eye-catching yokes, cloth rosettes-embellished booties, hatke sleeves, sari pallu detail that could easily substitute a cummerbund — the designers showed all this and much more. The make-up highlight was the use of ‘Monapali’— their signage — on the forehead. The line also saw saris, salwars, capes and ponchos. “In our entire collection we have done a lot of texturing and we always try to blend our silhouettes. So we have stuck to our Indian roots but with a western touch,” explained Mona.

Raima Sen walked for Susan Mantosh

Pictures by Rashbehari Das, Anindya Shankar Ray and Pabitra Das

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