Festive Fashion: Umar Akhtar


Umar Akhtar, founder, Koskii

Are you festival ready? It’s that time of the year, when you want to add something stunning and festive to your Indian wardrobe or bring out some of your most coveted pieces and give them an all-new twist. Here’s what some of the ace Bengaluru’s fashion designers and festive fashion stores are offering to make you look like a million bucks this festival season.


Umar Akhtar completed his Master’s degree in Commerce while being fully involved with the retail operations of his family business from the age of 17. After acquiring knowledge of software programming abroad, he returned to his roots in retail and India to set new directions in brand building with Koskii. Today, Koskii has eight stores across Bengaluru promising to dress you up for any festival or occasion and Umar is hands on behind the karigari or sourcing each of the stunning garments.


Biggest compliments: I’m a Koskii bride. I bought a lovely ethnic gown which I wore for my reception and it had a perfect fit, shape and style. – Suleka Suppiah

Just got a beautiful lehenga for my wedding and a dress for my younger sister and I couldn’t be more blessed and thankful to the team at Koskii Commercial Street. Special thanks to the tailoring team for getting my dress done at such short notice. I also love the karigari studio. – Rizuana Hussain

Latest festive fashion trends: Contemporary fashion and fusion wear is trending. The Indo-Western fusion or the Western Ethnic fusion is popular. People prefer elegant crop tops, indo-western gowns and shararas in beautiful unique shades.


Colours in vogue: Pastels are in vogue, people prefer muted tones such as jade, soft greens, blushing pinks, and pretty peaches. Bridesmaids, friends, sisters of the bride prefer to wear similar tones with a contrasting coloured dupatta. The brides themselves are no opting for pastels especially for ceremonies such as Sangeet, Mehendi or Reception.



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