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Elegance wins

Beauty and service were recognised at an event organised in the city


Venue: Kamarajar Arangam
Event: Awards Nite and Miss Elegance Chennai.
Time: 6.30 p.m.

BUT OF course, events seldom start on time in Chennai, so we wait patiently for 45 minutes. The hall is half empty till around 7:30 p.m., rather half full for the optimistic Lions Club member who put together this event. The programme finally started and the comperes for the evening, V.C Karthick and Divya Ramprasad, kept the audience entertained.

The Lions Club Madras City found the event the right occasion to honour the outstanding services rendered by their members to society and acknowledge their support for the forthcoming projects. Miss Elegance Chennai was organised as part of the award-giving ceremony. Fourteen girls were selected and trained by Sunil Menon. The contestants had to walk the ramp for the introductory, party wear, formal, casual and ethnic wear rounds.

After the introductory round where the aspiring models had their catchlines to say, it was back to the awards and K.P. Manoharan of Lions Club, Chennai, did the honours.

The casual wear sequence was dominated by boot cut jeans, tees in various colours, kurtis, jackets in pleasant colours just right for winter, knee high boots and free-flowing skirts. While foot-tapping numbers were provided by Footnotes, a city-based dance school, the girls modelled the formal wear — trousers, blazers, shirts in stripes and checks, pencil cut skirts in predominant colours of black, grey and white.

The ethnic line showcased salwars, shararas, lehengas in vibrant hues and this round marked the finale.

Out of the 14, five finalists, Neharika, Bhavya, Paloma, Chitra and Hema, were selected and asked a question. Hema was adjudged the second runner up and Neharika the first. Paloma, student of Visual Communication, bagged the Miss Elegance title. There were also subtitles such as Miss Formal, Miss Casual and Miss Traditional, which were won by Apsara, Bhavya and Chitra respectively.

Clothes for the formal and casual wear sequences were designed by Natalia, while Archana and Poonam of Shimmers boutique designed the ethnic line. Rehane, fashion designer, K. Reshma Rao, general secretary, Handloom Export Association, C.S. Latha, Bureau Chief, Savvy, Vinitha Menon, model, and G. Sankaranarayanan, vice president, Natalia, were the judges.

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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