It’s time to raise a toast to some high fashion and style this weekend. Mysore Fashion Week Season 3 is back with a bang and promises to be bigger, better and bolder this year.
The line-up of designers from Bengaluru include Robert Naorem and Ashok Maanay. Other designers of repute include Rinku Sobti, Karishma Kukreja, Rajyalaksmi, Rohit Varma, Asif Merchant, Shravan Kumar, Arvind Ampule, Sagar Tenali, Gaurav Katta, Nausheen Khan and of course, organiser and designer Jayanthi Ballal.
Leggy Bengaluru and Mumbai models will scorch the runways at Mysore, strutting out in the latest creations from ace designers. After two successful seasons, Mysore Fashion Week kickstarts today at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Mysore.
The yearly fashion extravaganza, which is putting Mysuru on the fashion map will be on till September 18. Talking of the three-day style soiree, Jayanthi Ballal, managing partner, Mysore Fashion Week states, “We’re bringing the never-seen-before spirit of fashion. This three-day fashion fare is going to be all about sophisticated couture, glamour and a hip and happening after party for the select few. Besides couture and glamour on the ramp, there will be visually eclectic designer stalls that have been designed for the display and sale of various designer garments. This couture fiesta will see different designers, including the oldest saree brand of Karnataka; Vijaylakshmi Silks showcasing their latest collections. Apart from this, the backstage team from Queens Fashion Designing School with 40 students from the institute are also participating in the show. Top notch models from Mumbai and Bengaluru of the likes of Shravan Kumar, Rohit Verma, Ken Ferns, Rinku Sobti and Asif Merchant will be sashaying down the ramp. And that’s not all. Celebrities like Amyra Dustur, Gaurav Gere, Diandra Soares, Manish Raisinghani and others will be there too. Actor Raveena Tandon will be the showstopper for my show.”
Bengaluru designer Ashok Maanay states of his collection, “I’m presenting Mandarin Flames, which has its origins in the plains of Royal China where the heritage designs still thrive. There are Mandarin patterns in the form of traditional embroidery in bright hues of linen. Florals and wildflower patterns merge with the wild and mystique animal prints.”
Ask the organiser on what’s different this year and she states with a twinkle in her eyes as she makes a quick rain check on the final arrangements, “This season is moreabout the heritage of Mysore and traditional jewellery is implemented on Kanjeevarams. There’s also a great mix of contemporary wear for the younger generation. My collection is inspired by the rich history and culture of the Mysore city and the famous Mysore Palace. It’s not a cakewalk to scout for talented designers and celebrities as Mysuru is still emerging in terms of fashion. Although we have a rich heritage, we have to accept that it’s a tier-two city. But we’ve not left any stones unturned to make the third edition a huge success just like the previous two editions.”