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Banarasi weaves to be recreated by top designers at AIFW

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imageNew Delhi: Ace designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tarun Tahiliani and JJ Valaya among many others will be seen showcasing the modern age Banarasi weaves during the Grand Finale show of the Amazon India Fashion Week here.

The Grand Finale, hosted by Amazon India, curated to the theme of ‘The Banaras Project – Crafts of India’, aims to bring back the astonishing and spectacularly awe inspiring richness and heritage of Banaras.

As many as 16 designers will present three ensembles inspired by the iconic city in tones of blue, yellow, green, red, cream & black and tell their Banaras story using any one of these palettes.

“We are excited to revive the Banarasi weaves in line with the modern sensibilities of today’s consumer. The inspiration from the encouragement given by Shaina NC to take this forward with Amazon India’s consistent support has yielded us with the unique collections from our talented designers,” Sunil Sethi, president, FDCI, said in a statement.

“We are sure that our efforts in the grand celebration of Banarasi weaves will set new benchmarks for such concepts in the future,” he added.

Susan Saideman, vice president, global vendor management, Amazon, added that “Banaras has always been a source of inspiration for the fashion industry”.

“The versatility attached with these threads makes the textile as eclectic and elegant as one could dream of. From Banarasi drapes to opulent brocades and the handloom cotton and silk textiles, Banarasi weaves match up to the modern as well as the traditional fashion sensibilities, giving the talented creative minds – our designers – a broad area to play with,” she said.

The grand finale for the Summer Spring 2016 edition of the fashion gala will be hosted on October 11 at the NSIC Grounds here.

Some of the designers who will be presenting their collections on the ramp of Grand Finale at AIFW are Abhishek Gupta, Abraham & Thakore, Alpana & Neeraj, Anupama Dayal, Arjun Saluja, Ashish Soni, Atsu, Gauri & Nainika, Malini Ramani, Manish Arora, Namrata Joshipura, Rajesh Pratap and Rohit Gandhi.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee Celebrates 20 Years in the World of Fashion

Alia was dressed in printed Sabyasachi Toga sari, while Janhvi opted for a red western dress

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee's show at Lakme Fashion Week 2011 on day 1. Wikimedia

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has clocked 20 years in the world of fashion, and he celebrated the glorious journey of his label with a grand fashion show here.

He presented an exclusive collection of shoes and handbags in collaboration with French fashion label Christian Louboutin on Saturday, read a statement.

On the collection and his journey so far, the 45-year-old couturier said: “In the summer of 1999, I graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Calcutta. My graduation collection was called Kashgaar Bazaar – inspired by global nomads, gypsies, prostitutes, performing artists and my imagination of the Silk Route.

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“In 2019, as I celebrate 20 years of the brand, I present Kashgaar Bazaar to my global audience. Drawing inspiration from my first design collection – Kashgaar Bazaar – this collaboration explores the conflict between cultures, colours, textiles and crafts. Under the overarching theme of rustic baroque, the entire collection is a patchwork of different textile influences derived from the Silk Route.”

The glam quotient was quite high at the gala. From actress Alia Bhatt to Aditi Rao Hydari and Janhvi Kapoor, several Bollywood divas gathered together to be a part of the ‘#0yearsofSabyasachi’ bash.

Alia was dressed in printed Sabyasachi Toga sari, while Janhvi opted for a red western dress. (IANS)