Pune Fashion Week, the three-day extravaganza held last week was high on luxury, elegance, and grandeur. It was attended by the crème de la crème of the city.
The highlights of the event includes the Fashionable Bharat Pavilion, which was a platform for handicrafts, indigenous products and traditional textiles from all over the country, the Fashion Knowledge Series, where experts from the industry conducted workshops and lecture series on topics related to the field of fashion by experts like Hollywood designer Danielle Pettee, celebrity designer Nivedita Saboo, and Vikram Kotnis from Amura Technologies, and a Super Bike Rally supported by the biker community called BOLT (Bikers Of Low Tolerance) for road safety.
Day one began with a bang as the students of iNIFD showcased their unisex designs with bold motifs and floral prints. This was followed by a combined show by Sharad Raghav and Ginny Wadhwa with actress Rashmi Desai as the showstopper in a fabulous lehenga.
Ladies walked the ramp for a charity event by Smile Foundation to raise funds which were donated for the education of 10 girls for a year. Then Showstopper Divya Khosla Kumar impressed everyone with her grace on the ramp as she walked for designer Rina Dhaka.
Day two commenced with a hair, make up and beauty show by the students of ISAS titled Ying-Yang Show. Amin Farishta, displayed her collection of khadi and other handwoven fabrics. The showstopper was Chak de girl Chitrashi Rawat.
Shikha Kothari, a Pune-based designer and Sumit Dasgupta, a Mumbai designer showcased their designs as well. Shikha’s collection, aptly titled Pink, paid tribute to the girl child, the feminine spirit of nurturing, strength, dignity and freedom.
This was followed by a showcase by Stile, an ethnic men’s wear brand by city-based designer Gulam Ali. The day came to an end with Ashok Maanay displaying his royal collection with an undertone of glamour.
Day three began with the display of the collection by MIT students inspired by distortion which spoke about the journey of disproportionate and asymmetric garments in the history of fashion. Next, Nishita Mantri Gupta, a plus size designer, showcased her work which was all about self-love.
Santhosh Kumar's handloom-inspired collection was displayed on the ramp too.
In the second sequence, the showcase of Kirti Agarwal’s collection titled Mom & Me saw mothers walking with their children.
Then Rohit Kamra brought his subtle, elegant, and graceful, ethnic menswear collection to the ramp. Actor Sanjay Suri and model, actress and dancer Nora Fatehi were his showstoppers.
Season 7 ended with a grand finale by Nivedita Saboo. She displayed two collections — Interstellar - An ode to the Superhero within, dedicated to nurturing and celebrating the superhero in all of us, and a bridal collection featuring metallic designs interspersed with beautiful fabrics. The showstopper for the grand finale was actor Arjan Bajwa who stole the show with his style.