Monday, 24 February 2014

Fashionably Colorful with The Body Shop at Kingfisher Ultra Bengal Fashion Week

Last week I received an invite from The Body Shop India to attend Jattinn Kochhar's Show at the Kingfisher Ultra Bengal Fashion Week, a three day long fashion extravaganza held at The Park, Kolkata. Body Shop was the official makeup partner of the Fashion Week and they tied up with Jattinn for an exclusive show showcasing the pop range of 'Colour Crush' eyeshadows and lipsticks. 

The event was held on Sat, 22 Feb and when I reached the venue saw that Shikha and Nivedita, fellow Kolkata bloggers and friends were already seated and had kept my place. We got introduced to Aanchal from The Body Shop, a vivacious and very sweet girl who said that we could go backstage after some time and watch the makeup being put on and capture all the action. After a while Shayoni, Sharmishta, Portia, Debi and Bidisha came in and then started the shows for the day. It was opened by Monapali the famous Kolkata designer duo's collection and their theme was Politics and the Aam Aadmi. The collection was comprised mainly of saris and they all had a very earthy feel to it. I was just telling Shikha that will they be bringing out a 'jharu' inspired collection when in walks a model wearing a sari with a 'jharu' drawn all over it! Wonder who will ever wear that!!

Monapali's collection

After Mona Pali, it was AD Singh's turn and what beautiful clothes he showcased. They were embellished with crystals and were pretty blingey but they looked stunning on the ramp. His showstopper was Reshmi Ghosh, a very popular ex model and Tollywood star who wore a peachey pink lehenga with crystals and stones all over. The makeup of AD Singh's show was nothing special. It was smokey eyes all the way through and in fact smokey eyes was probably the theme of the day. All the shows that we watched, smokey eyes ruled! 

Reshmi Ghosh

After AD Singh's show, we went backstage to catch the action and oh boy was it chaotic! Models shouting, people pushing, makeup artists rushing around, hairspray flying all over, organizers in a frenzy trying to hurry up everyone and in the midst of all, a group of very enthusiastic beauty bloggers trying to get some good shots! We saw The Body Shop makeup artists in action and Shikhee Agrawal, makeup expert of TBS busy trying to get all the looks together. 

Jattinn checking on his models


For Jattinn's show, since the clothes were mostly in shades of black, white and grey, the focus was very much on the eyes and lips. The team mainly used the new Colour Crush eye shadows in the shades Berry Cheeky, a bright pink and Something Blue, a bright turquoise. For the lips, it was Red Siren Colour Crush lipstick, a gorgeous gorgeous red. The models were also wearing the TBS pout on themselves while walking the ramp which was pretty cute. The clothes themselves were strictly OK. Nothing extraordinary or creative but on the ramp with the bright makeup on, the models looked very good. Jattinn's showstopper was Meera Chopra, Tollywood actress soon to appear in the film Gang of Ghosts (had to Google her name to find out who she was) wearing a black embellished rather skimpy blouse and a plain black sari. Again, nothing great but she sure looked pretty.

The look for Jattinn's show

Don't miss The Body Shop pout on the models

Jattinn Kochhar and Meera Chopra

After Jattinn's show it was the turn of Bollywood's favorite, Rocky S. I loved the makeup and hair for his show. Dark black smokey eyes, nude lips, voluminous hair with curls. So glam! Rocky was presenting his resort wear collection and it comprised swimsuits, jumpsuits, long flowy and kaftan style dresses. His show stopper was Koel Mallik, a famous Bengali movie star and she looked gorgeous!

Loved the makeup on Koel

Koel Mallik in Rocky S

After the shows were over, we again went backstage to take pics with the wonderful Body Shop team and were given a goody bag each which contained the eye shadows and the lipstick used on the models for Jattinn's show along with the Camomile eye makeup remover. Thank you TBS :D

TBS Goodies

My makeup for the event
It was my first fashion week experience and I must say its quite crazy behind the scenes! For us viewers though, it's all glam n glitz and I loved being a part of it. A big thanks to the TBS team for inviting me and for being such amazing hosts. 

Here are more pics...

Sharmistha and Bidisha trying to get a good shot

Monapali's show

Bidisha, Shayoni, Sharmistha

AD Singh's show

The Body Shop MUAs at work

Makeup for Jattinn's show

Makeup for Jattinn's show
Meera Chopra (Doesn't she look like Mamta Kulkarni?)

Bidisha getting her makeup done

Aanchal and Shikha

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