Originality and style took centrestage at the North Zone preliminaries of Deccan Herald Metrolife Fashion Show, season 8 held at CMR Law College in OMBR Layout.
Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology walked away with the top honours for a presentation that impressed with its imaginative designs and perfect choreography. Inspired from Banjaras of Rajasthan, it was an amalgamation of urban silhouettes and folk styles. Long and flowy outfits in mostly shades of beige were complemented by traditional Rajasthani motifs and mirror work.
The second prize went to Mount Carmel College for a collection titled the ‘Desert Story’. Sober reds, maroons and blues with undertones of gold were presented in elaborate skirts and elegant silhouettes to. Jewelled face masks and professional walk added to the charm.
The hosts, CMR Law College, bagged the third prize. The collection was an attempt to revamp neighbourhood styles and saw a mix of casual outfits like torn jeans, denim jackets, checked shirts, shorts and more. An unconventional way of presentation added to the fun factor.
Fourth place went to Army Institute of Fashion and Design. The mostly black collection had eye-catching detailing in the form of lace trimmings, nets and paper flowers and gothic style makeup completed the look. The show stealers were three boys who set the ramp on fire in tights and hig
h heels in a way that could put any model to shame.
Fifth place went to St Joseph’s College of Commerce. The luxury French couture line was inspired from fashion houses across the country. Classic black and shimmery silver combined to create a stunning party wear collection.
It was not a cakewalk for the winners though. Several colleges put up stunning displays that would have given established designers a run for their money.
St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) brought forth an opulent gold and black collection, made from velvet and brocade, and embellished with exotic add-ons. Elaborate headgear added to the royal look of the line.
Bangalore City College presented outfits inspired by ‘westernised sculpture’. Golden satins and muted checks, along with intricate headgear and handmade props, stayed true to theme.
Surana College (Peenya campus) showcased an amalgamation of Lambani, Pashtuni, Kazhaki and Uzbeki couture. Men wearing kurtas, loose pyjamas and turbans were accompanied by women in colourful skirts. A smattering of mirrorwork, heavy silver jewellery and painstakingly crafted headgear complemented the collection that drove the crowd wild.
Maharani Lakshmi Ammani College for Women showcased a colourful collection inspired by birds with feathers and plumage; a special mention to the perfect choreography.
Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering brought Broadway to Bengaluru. The jazzy black and red theme saw girls in skirts, stockings and black hats while boys sported pinstiped dungarees.
The team from NITTE School of Fashion Technology and Interior Design was a vision in white in their long flowy dresses (with lace and net detailing) and immaculate all-white tuxedos. The extremely elaborate headgear, made entirely out of paper, grabbed eyeballs.
Coming all the way from Mysuru, Vidyaashram First Grade College was a strong contender to the city colleges. The team recreated some iconic movie looks – high-slitted cocktail dresses, glittery saris, 3-piece suits, wine glasses, red lips and lace gloves were matched with vintage props to transport one back in time.
CMR Institute of Management Studies fused 21st century fashion with royal wear. Cambridge Institute of Technology showcased a retro collection, replete with checks, polka dots and high-waisted pants. Christian College brought out a black and white line, based on the concept of yin and yang.
Garden City University brought back the glamorous 70s with long skirts, fake fur shrugs, pouffant hairdos and cateye sunglasses. Apparel Training and Design Centre gave the good old denim a new lease of life with quirky outfits. The lack of experience on the ramp was compensated by fab designs. Sindhi College showcased Persian fashion with opulent skirts, shararas, sherwanis and more. Alliance University showcased a minimalistic collection in mostly pastel shades. CMR University highlighted royal Indian couture through heavily worked outfits in beige and red, complemented with glittering jewellery.
Indian Academy created colourful symmetrically designed outfits, painstakingly made from newspapers and cardboard. CMRIT ‘s outfits were a combination of tulle skirts, satin pants, netted layers, body tattoos and paper flowers while East Point College of Management showcased a mix and match of casual outfits.
The judges for the event were director, actor and popular RJ Vinayak Joshi; first runner-up at Miss India 2016 Sushruthi Krishna; international model Ava and popular Sandalwood actor Suraj Gowda.
The grand finale will take place on September 8 at Dayananda Sagar Institutions.