Dizzying lights, elevated heels, painted faces, eclectic cuts and vibrant hues. Yes, Bangalore was once again home to couture with the fifth edition of the Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW).
 The theme of the fashion extravaganza seemed promising with inspirations from art forms in nature, November rain, sea life, the opulence of the Mughal Era and even fruits and spices from the souks of Marrakech, but it lacked the punch that well-established fashion weeks in Delhi and Mumbai deliver. The celebrity quotient was low too, which did not make things anymore interesting for the audience. 
To give the show its due, it did feature well-known names from Mumbai like Rocky S who showcased delicately handcrafted lehengas and sarees and Narendra Kumar, who displayed smart work wear for men and women.
 Pria Kataria Puri, inspired by her visit to Morocco, introduced a collection with earthy hues like ochre, crimson, cinnamon and sienna. Kaftans, ponchos, jackets, peasant tops, maxis and beach wear rich in the textures and colours of the Middle East set the event off on a high. To add to the oomph was Puri’s showstopper Preeti Desai of ‘Shor in the City’ fame. 
Designer Jattinn Kochhar stuck to the classic combination of black and white while displaying his collection comprising of elegant gowns and westernized churidars. Singer Shibani Kashyap walked the stage for him in a retro dress.The designers from Mumbai and Delhi were the silver lining as most of the fashion show was dominated by insipid collections. 
Local ‘designers’, however, were quite pleased with the event as it gave them a platform to showcase their latest collections. “With God’s grace mine has been the only show apart from the grand finale which was completely packed (sic),” says Bangalore based designer Ramesh Dembla. Be that as it may, the Bangalore Fashion Week still lacked the sheen and glamour that is usually associated with an event of this kind.
-Raintree Media Features