Students got together fresh lines for the Summer Collection fashion show.
THEY REPRESENT the new generation of designers from twin cities. Set to redefine the street wear, trousseau and campus fashion with their traditional, urban chic, bohemian and retro streaks, they are students of Lakhotia Institute of Art & Design who got together over 20 lines for Summer Collection fashion show and designers contest held at Taj Banjara last week.
The overall fare read the Generationext's bindaas vision saris with bustiers, ghagra-off shoulder cholis dos and beachwear! While traditional salwars took the dhoti and Patiala form for girls, sherwanis for men maintained a regular structured look. Fabrics included jute, tissue, denims, chiffons, paper and plastic.
For the event, students also designed Pochampally fabric in refreshing purple, yellow, blue and cherry pink hues. "Our students worked with the Koyalagudam Weavers Society to bring out new designs offering them colour and print details. The fabric will hit the market shortly," say Ayesha and Azhar, directors, Lakhotia Instititute of Art & Design. As for the fashion show, "Students have to bring out a collection for the ramp, as part of the course," says Ayesha.
Modelled by Karan, Farhad, Karen, Farina and Zainab and other leading names from the fashion circuit here, the lines were evaluated by a panel of judges that included noted city designers Kedar, Madhu Kamat and Sashikant Naidu, and textile designer Rangaraj, on appearance, technical aspects and more. "We judged the garments based on the cuts, finish, creativity, presentation on the ramp with accesorisation," says designer Madhu Kamat. "The clothes showed good hand-painting and crochet, and scored on usage of fabrics such as khadi and jute," adds designer Kedar.
Priyanka Agarwal's western line, judged the best, had all the characteristics of a collection inspiration, theme, mood and a common binding factor. Called the street wear, her cool collection also did well on cuts and fit. "That's what we wear. There is a lot of street wear in the city. The collection is inspired by nature, thus the floral elements. I stuck to chiffons and georgettes in pastels for summer," says the budding designer who has Ritu Kumar and Manish Malhotra for idols.
A fusion line in red and firoza benarasi such as a Patiala salwar teamed with a halter neck kurta, Gurpreet Kaur's trousseau won for her silhouettes and middle-of-the-road approach to Indian costumes for Generationext. "Summer is the wedding season, thus trousseau, keeping in mind Indian ethos. Parents would not mind a short dupatta as a variant to the longer counterpart," says Gurdeep, who dotes on Tarun Tahiliani. Vicky's ensemble of men's kurtas bagged the second runners up place for usage of fabric jute and cotton, and cuts. Shazia and Deepti got the showstopper special award for their jungle-inspired line with tiger skin prints and peacock sketches.
Students plan to open their boutiques in the city after finishing the course. "There have been enquiries by stores such as Maqdoom Brothers, who want some of the students to design for their outlets," says Azhar. Fashion shows as these, one observed, do help students develop self-belief and add to their curriculum vitae as they step out as individual designers.
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