Indore got its slice of glitz, glamour and fashion as Gitanjali Indore Fashion Week hosted its another season, a two-day show, at Amber Garden on Saturday night.
The first day of the fashion show witnessed collections of celebrity designer Hari Anand and Indore-based fashion designers Ishita Pandey, Rakhi Shah Bhambani and Vishal Joshi.
Designers Rakhi and Vishal were the first ones to showcase their collection ‘Scarlet’ – a mix of Indo-western outfits.
Ishita Pandey, one of the youngest participants, was the second one to showcase her creations. Her collections - a blend of Indo-western - were mostly shades of blue with gold and yellow on them.
The third and the closing designer of the day one was celebrity designer Hari Anand. Presenting a casual look, Anand’s collections were mainly in whites with a dash of other colours.
The second and the final day of the fashion week will witness collection of celebrity designers Poonam Vohra and Mumtaz Khan.
Students of Virtual Voyage of Fashion Designing will also be showcasing their collection on the final day.
Sticking to his signature style ‘Less is more’, Hari Anand presented a collection of soft coloured and minimalist outfits on organic fabrics. His collection comprising gowns and palazzos were made for both formal and informal occasions.
Models wore white sneakers with the outfits. Anand’s formal dresses had deep necks, collars and ties.
For the gowns, Anand used batik prints that made them stand apart from the other designs.
The gown with simple cuts and designs had frills on the borders, complimenting the casual yet formal look.
For his showstopper Natasha Suri, Anand created a bronze-brocade jacket paired with a long straight kurti and white pants.
His second showstopper Parul Duggal was seen wearing a light-pink netted long skirt with contemporary embroidery on it along with a same coloured blouse studded with golden beads.
While both the designs had an Indian touch to it, they looked perfect for a formal as well as a traditional event.
This was the first time Anand has unveiled this collection in India.
With her love for Indian and western outfits, Ishita created designs by using the mix of both and presenting a collection that could be used either for a cocktail or a traditional event.
Her collection - ‘True Blue’ was all about presenting designs in shades of blue. She created designs that are wearable, affordable and comfortable for the masses.
The collection was also a blend of hand embroideries as well as prints.
Rakhi Shah Bhambani and Vishal Joshi
The duo presented an interesting collection that was created out of bamboos strips. Rakhi, a fashion designer and Vishal, an artist, used their art together to present a unique collection.
Their collection was named ‘Scarlet’ – the colour of fire and blood. As per the theme, the designs were crafted in shades of reds.
They experimented with different cuts and prints. Most of their prints were inspired by Katigami – an art of Japan.
Scarlet comprised a mix of Indo-western outfits that included double layered skirts with front slit and blouses. Most of the outfits had hand-painted work on them, done by Vishal, while the cuts and designs were done by Rakhi.
Actress Shruti Oza and former Mrs India International 2013 were the showstoppers for Rakhi and Vishal.