India Beach Fashion Week 2015: Life’s a beach
The country’s favourite beach destination, Goa, came alive on Thursday with the Gionee India Beach Fashion Week 2015 kicking off here on Thursday afternoon. The event was inaugurated by Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza along with Calangute MLA Michael Lobo. “We are very glad that this event is happening in our very own Goa, that too, right here in Calangute…Goa is going global,” D’Souza said at the launch.
The opening show for the event was by Delhi’s boho-babe Anupamaa Dayal who featured her trademark breezy ensembles in bright hues and floral prints. Inspired by the Arabian Sea, the palette covered shades like sunrise yellow, orange, pink, blue and red in floral prints. This time’s collection saw plenty of gold and ivory for the beach bride and also sarinis (a sari with a bikini) and dupattas with delicate embroidery, along with her customary designs like flowy kaftans and dhoti pants.
The day progressed on a more western wear tone, with young designers playing with watery tones and drapes. Omana by Harsh Agarwal was a sexy collection comprising monokinis, bikinis, maillots, maxi dresses and jackets with photographic prints of tropical scenery, abstract work and birds and insects. Feminine cocktail dresses in jersey and lycra material were the highlight of Vidhi Wadhwani’s line.
Model-turnedactress Lisa Haydon strutted down the ramp in a chic assymetrical bodysuit with a blue and nude top that featured yellow flower embroidery. The bottom boasted beach towel inspired highwaisted shorts in monotone stripes, covered by a pretty net lehenga skirt with gold leaf appliquÃ© and a striped border The second celeb showstopper for the day was actress Shriya Saran, who walked the ramp for Asmita Marwa. Saran wore a one-shoulder scarlet jersey dress with a wide gold-toned belt.
Meanwhile, Mumbaibased designer Nachiket Barve brought artistic craftsmanship to the ramp with his elaborate collection inspired by the Kalahari and Namib deserts of Africa. Talking to MAIL TODAY, Barve said: “My garments need to be special for me, like a work of art. I would never be fulfilled if I created something that could be found at any high-street store.”