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It's Chandigarh's annual brush with high fashion and this year's edition of the Blender's Pride Fashion Tour 2013, which rolled out on the weekend, saw four designers, each of whom presented a collection that was high on glamour. The first day of the showcase held on the sprawling lawns of Hotel Mountview on Saturday saw designers Neeta Lulla, and Falguni and Shane Peacock showcase their take on evening wear. Chandigarh, remarked Lulla, has a special place for her, having opened a previous edition of the tour. Inspired by the fashion of the '20s and '30s, Lulla's collection had an unmistakable vintage feel to it. Flapper dresses, lots of beadwork, shimmering sequins and a muted colour palette is what the designer's collection highlighted. The collection also saw the designer draw references from the sari drape. "The collection is essentially cocktail wear and the styling is very contemporary and the draping is inspired by the sari," said Lulla, who got actor Neha Dhupia as the showstopper.
Designer couple Falguni and Shane Peacock brought in an extended version of their Spring-Summer 2014 collection showcased at the recently concluded New York Fashion Week. "We are always a part of the bridal week in India and wanted to showcase our international line this time around," said Falguni Peacock. Calling it "Robotic Chic", the evening wear collection had an edginess that is their signature style. The collection comprised laser cut-outs on mesh dresses, elements of punk-meets-gothic (read a dark colour palette) along with feathers, sequins and sheer floral combinations.
Day two of the fashion tour was a mixed bag with designer Vikram Phadnis presenting a diffusion line with no heavy bridal wear, thankfully. The colour palette in Phadnis' collection was robust, bringing in everything from black, maroon and gold to beige, cream and ivory. We liked the fact that the embellishments were minimal though it was a predictable mix of saris, anarkalis and sherwanis. The showstoppers for the evening were city-bred actors Yami