Cotton Winter Wear at The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017

Cotton Winter Wear at The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017: JustODThings

Cotton Winter Wear at The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017

The festive season of winter in Kolkata is, at best, cool and dry, with a bit of a nip in the air. Winters might be respite from the humid seasons that prevail here, but they don’t really bring extreme chill. Winter, to Kolkatans, means silk and light synthetics. To change the concept of winter fashion, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, launched the first edition of The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017 (TBFE) with the unique ‘Walk the Winter in Cotton”.

Cotton Winter Wear at The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017

The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017 - A Star-Studded Show: justODThings

The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017 – A Star-Studded Show

Cotton in Bengal Fashion

In the hot and humid region of Bengal, cotton has been a lifesaver for centuries. And the creative weavers of the region have developed amazing fabrics, keeping in mind not just comfort, but also beauty. The result? Various patterns, textiles, and weaving styles of cotton. Tant, tangail, jamdani, and so much more! From Sarees for women to Dhotis and Punjabis for men, Bengal’s traditional clothing includes many varieties of cotton.

Cotton in Winter at The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017

The fashion sense of people in Bengal has changed. We have moved from ethnic wear to western, and now we have reached the point of experimental fusion wear. And, at this point, cotton has made a comeback. Styling cotton to fit our everyday fashion needs is the new trend. Alongside the old, ethnic favourites, we now love our western and fusion wear in cotton. TBFE’s Walk the Winter in Cotton took the functionality of cotton to a new level, by showcasing the latest series by seven of the top designers of Bengal. Their works introduced Kolkatans to a whole new look for winter.

Ethnic Wear for Winter Festivities in Cotton

Cotton Collection for Winter at The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017: JustODThings

Cotton Collection for Winter at The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017

Winter being the season of weddings and new year parties, and sometimes, even the romantic celebrations in February, the lavish silks and the flowy georgettes are indispensable during this time of the year. But the ‘Walk the Winter in Cotton’ theme of The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017 brought on a whole new conception of festive wear. Opulent sarees, lehengas, dhotis, sherwanis, salwars – all made with cotton – were showcased in the show. The western styles didn’t lag behind either, as dresses, skirts, tops, shirts, dhoti pants, jackets, etc. found their place.

Western and Casual Lines for Winter in Cotton

The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017 - Winter Wear in Cotton: JustODThings

The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017 – Winter Wear in Cotton

At a time when summer jackets are a big thing, the collection of cotton winterwear in the show were just right, as the designers brought to the show their works in which they had played with multiple-layer cotton fabric. Shawls, ponchos, jackets, long dresses, jacket blouses, etc. Even the reptilian humans who hide beneath layers and thick fabrics, almost throughout year can take their pick, be it denims or Boho-chic styles.

The Evening and its Stars

The show began as Dr. Rupali Basu, President and CEO ER of Apollo Hospitals Group, India, and the director of TBFE, and Mr. Sutanu Ghosh, President of The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with the designers, lit the lamps, along with the designers, to inaugurate The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017. The designers featured in the show were Shamlu Dudeja, Sharbari Datta, Nandita Raja (Kanishkas), Agnimitra Paul, Sayantan Sarkar, Pranay Baidya, and Abhisek Ray.

Dr Rupali Basu, Mr Sutanu Ghosh and Designers Light the Lamp to Start The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017: JustODThings

Dr Rupali Basu, Mr Sutanu Ghosh and Designers Light the Lamp to Start The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017

It was a star-studded evening, with the presence of Swarnali Kanjilal (Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal), Anita Agarwal (MINU Saree), beautician and aromatherapist Keya Seth, and many more. The designers unveiled their designs, and the showstoppers actress Mumtaz Sorkar, danseuse Sreenanda Shankar, supermodel Nayanika Chatterjee, percussionist Bickram Ghosh and danseuse Jaya Seal, added the oomph factor to the show. These showstoppers are acid attack survivors.

The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017: Left - Keya Seth; Middle - Rupali Basu with Sharbari Datta (top) and Sayantan Sarkar; Right - Sreenanda Shankar

The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017: Left – Keya Seth; Middle – Rupali Basu with Sharbari Datta (top) and Sayantan Sarkar; Right – Sreenanda Shankar

The Wins of the First Edition of The Bengal Fashion Expo Show

Agnimitra Paul’s showstoppers stole the show. It wasn’t because they are widely accepted as beautiful people, or for their incredible skills. It was because of their courage. This one step by Paul proved how fashion has come a long way. That it isn’t something we have to associate with vanity and superficiality. That it is a platform that welcomes the changes in the popularly accepted standards of beauty. As Alexander McQueen said, “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” Because the world of fashion is a space for creativity, and its purpose is to make people in every form feel confident, beautiful and happy. Fresh new ideas of styling an old favourite, and fighting the conventional misconceptions about beauty and fashion: the first edition of The Bengal Fashion Expo 2017 was a total success.

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2 Responses

  1. Sapna says:

    Liked your post n pics too. Winter ethnic wear look superb.. waiting for it

  1. August 2, 2017

    […] a fashion event in December, designer Agnimitra Paul decided to make showstoppers out of acid attack survivors. I have read […]

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