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Career designs

Inspired by different genres of music to fire up their imagination and their control over craft, students of Delhi's J D Institute of Fashion Technology presented a sneak preview of innovative garments and jewellery this past week for `Mix Masters', the JD Annual Design Awards 2005. The plethora of designs and styles was alive with sensuous, curvaceous ensembles on crepes, satins, georgettes, tissue, Swede, lycra, organza, net and mixed fabrics like polycot.

Low waist, flared, pleated, draped, layered and Afghani pants appeared in just about all fabrics paired with ornamented cholis and tops.

The Institute's Executive Director R.C. Dalal, addressing the audience, informed, "From all these participants, 25 designers will be selected on June 22 to participate at the International Competition of Design for Colombian Handicrafts. We nurture and promote students to kick start their careers in the international fashion industry as we are committed to fulfil the ever-changing requirements of the fashion world." A few students of the Institute are also to take part in the Singapore Fashion Week.

In the preview, the collections by Kajal and Group derived from trans music had a fluid feel from the draped white and aqua blue polylycra outfits with flashes of embroidery. The `Band of Brazil' Group's line used flamboyant pinks, blues on georgette with neck-plunging cuts and heavy surface ornamentation on their choli and tiny wrap-around skirts. A huge back fin shaped out of zinc wires reflected the look of a carnival. Influenced by Arabian music, The Synthesis Group worked on Afghani and western collections of chikan embroidery on cream silk crepe with cotton lining, earthy brown and khaki tissue pants and head dresses encrusted with brown beads and sequins.

Jazz with fashion

The Hypnotic Group suggested the idea of marrying fashion with Jazz music with a touch of brown Swede leather tops and trousers fused with ropes and rings, a collection meant for urban male to retain an earthy feel. The diverse talents of Zingaru Group sparked the trendsetting `Banjara' style of clothing. The gypsy style of music was reflected in their dafli-shaped organza choli, colourful flounced satin skirt and glittering head gear, all emblazoned with fluorescent ghungroos.

The youngsters were quite focused about prêt a-porter to ensure their garments sell.

CHAANDNIE CHOWDHARY

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