Blenders Pride Fashion Tour
Bringing the universe of pride to life, the celebrated Blenders Pride Fashion Tour goes beyond conventional runway shows in its milestone 15th edition, to unveil a breathtakingly new face of fashion. While ‘Pride’ as a meaningful expression of success and individuality continues to take center-stage, it is actually India with its indigenous ‘craft’, ‘blend’ of diverse influences, and a distinctive ‘identity’ that will become the canvas of expression this year.
Charting a unique course, the iconic 15th year of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour comes with a path-breaking format with designer Ashish Soni as curator-in-chief, and an exclusive collaboration with Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the industry thought leader. By focussing laser-sharp on fashion, the tour will present festivals of fashion and create a universe of pride through its three themes – Craft, Blend and Identity – in the three city chapters of Delhi (with its patent modernity), Kolkata (with its extraordinary craft) and Hyderabad (with its consummate synthesis of the ancient and the modern), respectively. The fashion extravaganza will culminate in a larger than life finale, ‘The Pride of India’, in collaboration with FDCI, in Mumbai, with 15 eminent designers, namely, Anju Modi, JJ Vallaya, Raghavendra Rathore, Suneet Varma, Gaurav Gupta, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abraham & Thakore, Wendell Rodricks, Monisha Jaising, Namrata Joshipura, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and Ashish Soni.
Stepping into the fashion spotlight as always, the tour also launched a new element – The Showcase – to provide a breakthrough opportunity for aspiring fashion designers and models to be mentored and display their talent at this year’s Blenders Pride Fashion Tour. The Showcase, launched in October, continued the hunt for over two months to unearth undiscovered talent from across India, to provide them the platform they deserve. The lucky few who emerged as winners include designers like Ikshit Pande (Quod), Sushant Abrol (Countrymade) and Stanzin Palmo (Zilzom), and models like Ritu Chauhan, Poojan Solanki and Preethy Karan.
The festivals of fashion at the city chapters will include segments like The Exhibit, The Fashion Incubator and The Panel Discussion, each of which will celebrate a whole new world of fashion. While The Exhibit will be an artistic display of iconic pieces of famed designers, The Fashion Incubator will showcase the work of aspiring designers who have emerged as winners from The Showcase. At The Panel Discussion, there will be an intellectual exchange of ideas amongst industry stalwarts, on game-changing influences in the fashion arena.
The tour commenced with the Preview, hosted in a spectacular urban industrial set-up, melding the palpably raw with other elements. Bringing a blank canvas to life, the evening was an immersive reveal showcasing a compelling take on ‘Pride’ by acclaimed designers Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, along with their scintillating muses Rhea Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Kusha Kapila. Adding to the theatrical drama were models in white muslin garments, while Archana Vijaya played a unique host and moderator of all this bewitchment.
As curator-in-chief of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2019-20, designer Ashish Soni said, “The 15th edition of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour takes the next step in the fashion arena with a new format to include festivals of fashion, in addition to the runway shows. With this tour, we are thrilled to expand the horizons and understanding of fashion in the country by going a notch above.”
Speaking about her curation ‘My Craft, My Pride’, designer Anamika Khanna said, “I believe that craft exposes human experience beyond the visual and cerebral and helps them explore it through their hands. In a machine-made world, it slows everything down, keeps traditional techniques alive, and enables us to make something by ourselves. Through my association with Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2019-20, I take immense pride in showcasing the importance of craft by representing the diverse and impeccably rich culture of India.”
Manish Malhotra, designer, talking about his theme ‘My Identity, My Pride’, said, “Evolution represents the merger of traditional values with a modern expression. The fashion industry is a fast-paced, ever-evolving space, whose limits are constantly tested by everyone. It’s an absolute honor to be associated with Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2019-20, which will paint a picture of tradition on a canvas of technology, that will be an expression of my identity in a unique fashion.”
Speaking of their concept ‘My Blend, My Pride’, designers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla said, “The concept of ‘Blend’ is an ode to the unifying power of fashion and its ability to transcend borders and geographies. We return to our roots, our extraordinary legacy of indigenous textiles, craft techniques and embroideries to fashion a brand-new expression that is unfettered by rules or borders. We take immense pleasure in my association with Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2019-20, where our showcase will be a tribute to the coming together of past, present and future, of multiple elements, silhouettes and moods to create a new fashion landscape.”
Starting January 2020, Blenders Pride Fashion Tour will travel across four cities, starting with Kolkata and then moving to Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai.
|Image Caption : Archana Vijaya, Designer Sandeep Khosla, muse Kusha Kapila, designer Anamika Khanna, muse Rhea Kapoor, President of FDCI Sunil Sethi, muse Kiara Advani and designer Manish Malhotra at the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2019-20 Preview||click for high-res image|