Supreeta Singh

Kolkatans will get a fair share of high fashion, style and glamour on September 11 and 12 when the Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour (BPFT) 2010 lands in the city. The extravaganza is expected to bring in a lot of sophistication, colour, and spunk with some of the best designers participating in the show. Ask Wendell Rodricks and he says, “Both fashion weeks and fashion tours are important. There is one big difference though. Fashion weeks are serious business enterprises. A fashion tour can be fun but one can always turn it around and sell special trunk collections in each city one visits.”
Wendell’s collection is called ‘Eye Candy’ which focuses on cocktail lounge mood. Crisp linens, butter soft jerseys and sensual silks create a lineup of resort glamour. “All garments are practical and clients are rushing to buy this collection. Even the mini dresses are making good business as they can be treated as blouses and worn with trousers, jeans or even a salwaar or churidaar,” says Wendell.
Designer Mandira Wirk too is excited about her visit to the city. Inspired by the Hollywood classic Breathless, her collection is an ode to the fun, fearless female. She says, “The heroine of the film Patricia was a woman ahead of her times. My garments bring two generation of women together to showcase her timeless feminine side.”
Resort tunics form the mainstay of Surily Goel’s collection called ‘An Anecdote’. Long ruffled peasant dresses, lace-trimmed tunics, and satin moulded into flowers on burn-out party dresses with flutter sleeves are the highlights. For all three designers the response has been phenomenal.
Talking about Kolkata as a fashion hub, she says, “The city is definitely progressing. Designers like Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi Mukherjee have made us all proud.”
However, Wendell loves Kolkata for its food and women. “For me Kolkata is the foodie’s destination. I binge on fish dishes and mishti doi. Also, Bengali women are the best in India. I find them very beautiful, curvaceous and sexy,” signs off Wendell.