Bibi Russell, Ace fashion designer from Bangladesh, chose to work with Khadi for her show as it is well known to be a home-grown, versatile fabric that works well throughout the year and ensured that the bengali cultural elements were well incorporated in her designs. Mr. Arijit Dutta, himself, was the showstopper for Bibi. And how could one forget one of Bengal’s favourite designers, Agnimitra Paul?! With Rituparna Sengupta being the showstopper for her, models sashayed down the ramp in fresh cuts, drapes and prints that brought out the fashionable element in eastern inspired outfits. The evening was not going to conclude without applauding the outfits created one of the leading designers from Bhutan, Chimmi Choden. She stayed true to her style of creating outfits that beautifully combined the weaving culture of Bhutan with a modern twist. Abhishek Dutta, another celebrated designer lived up to his reputation of coming up with some of the most memorable outfits of the evening.
The two-day affair also had some of the leading pioneers of the fashion industry of Bengal – Sharbari Dutta and Mona Pali along with eminent designers, Chandrika Tamang and Atsu Sekhose from Bhutan and Nagaland, respectively. Sharbari, who is well known for bringing about the much discussed – and needed – change in men’s fashion, made certain that her creative genius exploded on the ramp while simultaneously blending her designs with the rich culture of the east. Mona Pali, as always, came up with bespoke outfits representing the major role that the eastern fashion has the potential to play. While Chandrika Tamang displayed the unexplored fashion of Bhutan, Atsu successfully caught everyone’s eye with his love for detail while circumscribing glamour, eastern culture and splendour in his garments.
The much needed modification to fashion received the hearty welcome that it deserved. The crisp cuts, vibrant colours, revamped prints and different silhouettes, succeeded in making the audience sit up and take notice of the promising and prominent designers that the east has to offer. People have also been oblivious to the skilled craftsmanship and easily available, locally grown fabrics for an excruciatingly long time now. With famous celebrities and supermodels walking the ramp for the designers, it was raining fashion in the city. We had supermodel and evergreen heartthrob, Kelly Dorji walking the ramp for Chimmi Choden and tollywood celebrities like Raima and Riya Sen, Abir Chatterjee and Parambrata Chattopadhyay to name a few.