Day 5! With mixed emotions, tired feet and fingers (non-stop tweeting), we think it’s safe to say the Trendin team is going to go through some serious heart ache (and denial) once we reach our Bangalore HQ. The shows, the people, the drama and the anticipation all comes to a halt; one we’re sad to let go off. Having said that, our bags are filled with notes and presents, our hearts are filled with happiness and our minds are boggling with memories of some of the amazing moments we experienced (blog post scheduled). But before we start reminiscing, here’s what Day 5 was all about. Now let’s set the mood for you- have some mitha paan, put on some classical Indian music and light up a diya (no, we’re not crazy!).
The Grande Finale: Born In Benaras
With an opening that gently lit up a bawdi on stage and projected umbrellas and flags across the backdrop, one was instantly transported to Varanas. With a lineup of 16 designers- Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Namrata Joshipura, Ashish N Soni, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abhishek Gupta, Gauri & Nainika, Alpana & Neeraj, Abraham & Thakore, Anupamaa Dayal, Malini Ramani, ATSU, Arjun Saluja, Manish Arora, JJ Vallaya, Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani, the finale showcased ensembles made from exquisite Benaras silks that honoured and fostered the indigenous industry. Some even called it the crown jewel of the handloom industry. An ode and recognition to some of Benaras’ master weavers, the grande finale was the perfect finishing touch to Amazon India Spring Summer 2016. While the designers each cast a signature touch on their ensembles, it was interesting to see a play of contemporary silhouettes in contrast to some opulent and traditional offerings.
Alpana & Neeraj’s Benarasi ensembles embodied a futuristic look with its bold structures, tonal motifs and exaggerated style, while Namrata Joshipura a structured and sharp look with black and gold ensembles that defied traditional aesthetics. And because all that glitters isn’t always gold, Arjun Saluja’s metallic-tone ensembles were contemporary with a focus on drape and form.
If visionary designs opened the finale, it was our industry’s pioneers who delved deep into the roots and highlighted the grandeur and heritage of Benarasi silks. From Sabyasachi’s ensembles in a palette of emeralds and dull gold to Tarun Tahiliani’s opulent rust red lehenga choli or Manish Arora’s crystal embellished ensembles, every wedding blogger present reported that marigold wrapped buns and Benarasi will make it to every bride’s wishlist (forget the 20 carat ring!).