They are going to be hijacking the runway at Sheraton Bangalore all this week. They have an edge over style and have been working on their mood boards to dress up fashionistas in the city. We speak to five talented designers from Bengaluru who will set the ramp on fire at the Bangalore Fashion Week.
Govind Kumar Singh: Govind hails from a small town in Bihar but has made Bengaluru his home for 11 years now. A graduate of NIFT, Bengaluru, he has won the most creative and innovative design collection Award. “Besides acing at NIFT, I also won a TV reality show contest for best design, after which I launched my label Rainush. I also train a few handicapped people. Those with one leg have trained under me for a year and have now started their own tailoring shops. I have used industrial waste to create fabrics and textiles to make western contemporary gowns based on seven chakras. My collection at BFW will start with colours, leading to monochromes, ending with a white gown to depict enlightenment.”
Nisha Natarajan: She is a self-taught designer who is passionate about her craft. “My collection is called Mayura. I’m a textile design consultant with Microspin. I’ve created my latest collection in cotton. I’ve also designed Indian festive wear for women in all whites with royal blue and gold hand embroidered and mirror works,” states Nisha of her label Zariya.
Ashok Maanay: From the time, he began to understand colours, he began to love them. “As an artiste I enjoyed every bit of colours I used in my paintings and as time passed by I started seeing them in fabrics and understood the matching and mixing of colours in fabrics. I was inspired by the choice of my family’s wardrobe, especially during the royal weddings. The Regalia is about splendid colours of regality. As I witnessed the coronation of the Maharaja, His Highness, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wodeyar in Mysore, it brought back memories of a bygone era and I decided to dedicate my collection with vibrant hues,” states Ashok.
Ramesh Dembla: While fashion trends have changed by the season, in the recent past, two have remained a constant — sheer and black. With his trademark silhouettes, cuts and designs, Ramesh Dembla’s collection is inspired by the dark, mysterious and the sensuous. Taking a cue from the alternative and riding on the edge of the alleys of risque, he reveals, “I like to celebrate all things noir. Vintage never goes out of style and my collection Fashion Noir reiterates just that.”
Riya Kodali: She is inspired by the beauty of nature. “I have handcrafted 3D flowers, leaves, parrots, peacocks, every bit of the life in an ocean and embroidered with beads and embellishments to create a fantasy fairy tale of angels and Cinderella’s. I’m a photorealism artist and have done many paintings. A few celebrities like Sunny Leone have worn my clothes. I love photography and painting,” states Riya.