Seven leading designers from East showcased their unique winter-wear cotton collections at the Bengal Fashion Expo 2017, a collaborative venture between the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC) and a premier hospital chain, last night.
“All these designers, from Agnimitra Paul to Sharbari Datta and Shamlu Dudeja, came up with their unique cotton wear collections defining a new way of fashion for people of Kolkata,” Dr Rupali Basu, Director of the ‘Bengal Fashion Expo’ and CEO of a leading hospital group, said after the show at a five star hotel here last night.
BCC President Sutanu Ghosh said, the chambers had approached Basu and her team to devise something for the textile apparel industry and that is how the ball set rolling and the two sides came together.
Layers of cotton have more to do with a new way of fashion in a city like Kolkata with eight months of summer and only four months of winter, that too mostly mild cold, Basu said adding hence the unique fashion show’s accent was on promoting cotton which is more afforadable than silk.
In sync with the theme, eminent fashion-designer Agnimitra Paul unveiled her collection of long jackets with quilt effect in bright red, orange, brown, electric blue, aqua green, dull yellow hues contrasted with saree, dhoti, lungi, half pant embossed with Madhubani painting motifs.
In solidarity with the acid attack victims in the state of West Bengal, rest of India and elsewhere, Paul introduced two women from Murshidabad and Kolkata as show- stoppers in her show ‘Cover-Up.’
The duo had their faces badly bruised in such attacks by in-laws and neighbours respectively, but never gave up the battle.
Fashion designer Sharbari Datta also came up with her range of raw silk, khadi and tussar yards to the accompaniment of background music by ace percussionist Pt Bickram Ghosh.
Ghosh later walked the ramp along with his wife to the accompaniment of beats of tabla.