It was a dazzling end to the Deccan Herald Metrolife Fashion Show 2018 on Saturday at Dayananda Sagar Institutions, Kumaraswamy Layout.
The grand finale saw a tightly fought contest between the ten finalist colleges; one that showcased the best of creativity, choreography and conceptualisation. The theme for the finale was ‘Bengaluru 1948 to 2018’.
Army Institute of Fashion and Design won the first prize for a stunning red and white collection that reflected the emergence of modernity with culture retaining its importance. Traditional silk saris were given a twist and presented in modern avatars while floral buns and ornate jewellery completed the look. Huge props, including a larger than life replica of Deccan Herald which showcased landmarks of the city, added to the charm of the show.
Second prize went to Surana College for their collection titled ‘Ek Nadhi Thi’. The students talked about the water problem in the city and depicted the journey of water in Bengaluru through shades which went from blue, yellow and green to grey, brown and black. Handloom, cotton silk and lenin clothes occupied the stage in the form of checked and striped saris, collared crop tops, suits and kurtas. Earthy jewellery complemented the elegant look.
Third prize went to Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology that showcased how women overcame hurdles and challenges
in life, taking the women of Bengaluru Dharma Rayana Karaga as an example.
A black and white collection — comprising long dresses, flared skirts, palazzos and cocktail dresses — sporting abstract motifs was presented by the team. Long red earrings and half eye silver masks added to the symbolic representation.
Jain College (V V Puram) bagged the fourth position. They highlighted the greenery in the city with olive green outfits with white bead detailing. Flowy, layered skirts, saris, crop top and trousers, kurtas, dhotis, shorts, formal wear — the collection encompassed traditional, retro and modern.
CMR Law College got the fifth prize for a theme that showcased the different kinds of people in the city. Outfits resembling those of working professionals, college students and school students were seen on stage, along with saris and other traditional garments.
Interestingly, most of the participants managed a costume change and went on to sport fun ensembles that highlighted the party scene in the city.
Mount Carmel College bagged the sixth place for a black and white collection that was an ode to the unsung heroes who helped build and make Bengaluru what it is today. Chic trousers with shirts, jackets, drapes and slitted long tops comprised the line. Cone shaped headgear with LED lights inside completed the look.
Seventh prize went to St Joseph’s College of Commerce. They showcased different phases of the city, its transition as well as deterioration. The girls wore silk and chiffon saris in shades of green and grey. The boys wore outfits corresponding to different occupations.
KLE Society’s S Nijalingappa College bagged eight place for exotic outfits made from newspapers, paper cups, playing cards and even garbage bags. Long gowns, short dresses, drapes and quirky headgear formed the look.
The Oxford College of Science was at the ninth position for outfits that highlighted the revival of fashion trends from the past. It was a walk down memory lane with bell bottomed trousers, checked three-piece suits, chiffon saris and flared skirts.
Tenth place went to Jain College (Jayanagar) for outfits that talked about greenery, technology and traditions. Silk saris and silver shimmery outfits were seen on stage with leaves used as detailing in some.
Shabnam from Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology was judged the best female model and Pradyumn Tiwari from Army Institute of Fashion and Design bagged the title of best male model.
The judges for the event were fashion designer Paresh Lamba, actors Harshika Poonacha and Radhika Chetan, playback singer Inchara Rao and actor and model Nicole Faria.
The audience was treated to graceful and lively dances from Tarantismo Creative Dance Company as well as the street dance team from Mount Carmel College. MJ Amar ensured that the energy levels remained high.