Rural Bengal is so fashionable…

By: Abhishek Sarkar | Vogue+ Bureau, Mumbai |16th September, 2012

(Pics: Abhishek Sarkar)

The third day of the Signature Premiere Fashion Week Kolkata saw a melange of colours on the runaway. The designers on the queue were Mansha Modi, Sandeep Mukherji, Surbhi Pansari, Susan Mantosh, and Abhishek Surana.

The evening saw designer Sumit Dasgupta’s bridal weal line that had modish conventional silhouettes. The models sashayed the runaway in dark eyes, red lips and with red paper bindis matching the Bengali sensibilities of fashion and panache.

Designer Soumitra Mondal lined up cotton handloom sarees with Bhatiali songs of boatmen playing in the background. He used Jamdani – a type of handloom woven cotton that is speciality of Bengal and created a collection of beautiful sarees, kurtas, pants, tunics and other ensembles.

International Super-model turned fashion designer Bibi Russell from Bangladesh closed the day’s show by reviving the Bengal’s Baul’s tradition onto the runaway. With Baul song ‘Dhanyo dhanyo boli tare’ playing in the background, models walked the ramp draped in yellow and green robes.

The day had vibrant bridal designs to modest ensembles, an amalgamation of rich Indian couture with simple Bengali silhouettes. “This season, most of the designers has seamlessly blended rich Bengali tradition with contemporary trends and created ensembles with indigenous textile materials,” divulged Yudhajit Dutta, the director of the fashion week.

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