Razzmatazz on the ramp


Razzmatazz on the ramp

The auditorium of Sindhi College, Hebbal, was jam-packed as 24 teams from various colleges dazzled on stage as part of the north zone preliminary round of the ‘Metrolife Fashion Show’. The fourth season of the show was presented by Reliance Trends, conceptualised by Mithilesh Nyathappa and emceed by Amar Prabhu. DJs Sachin and Bharat spiced it up with upbeat music. The teams were judged by four eminent personalities — fashion guru Prasad Bidapa, Sandalwood actors Roopashree and Sumanth Shailendra and designer Nimirta Lalwani. The students were given a choice between two themes — Indian and Western.

The fashion team of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management was the first to set the mood for the evening with their shimmering ethnic bridal wear in blue, pink and golden.

The girls of Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women went second with their collection on women empowerment. “The costumes were designed by us and we wanted to depict women’s anger at the violence against them,” said Vaibhava, a student of the college.

While the students of St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science sashayed down the ramp to the theme ‘Sportsista’, the ones from CMR Law College donned an Indo-Western attire to bring out the best of both worlds. They showcased a confluence of colours and elements like Rajasthani jewellery, Gujarati  dandiyas and Kerala dhotis and matched them with shorts and tube tops.  The students of Seshadripuram Institute of Commerce and Management walked the ramp dressed as cowboys and cowgirls. “We wanted to wear western outfits and decided to do this theme as we knew it would be different,” said Shubam

Arora, one of the participants.
The girls of Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College set the stage on fire with their theme — ‘Masquerade’, while the students of Sindhi College chose a gothic look to create awareness about the violence against women.

Parikshit, one of the models, said that the team wanted to highlight the crimes against women. St Joseph’s College of Business Administration sported a vintage collection. Roger from the team added that they want to showcase a mix of chivalry and class on stage and had been practising for about two weeks for the show.

The students of Acharya Institute of Graduate Studies wore clothes made out of paper and neon fabric while CMR Centre for Business Studies showcased a multitude of Western costumes and called themselves the ‘Wild West’ to display a different culture altogether. As they walked the ramp in traditional silks to represent the rich culture of the country, it seemed like the students of Aurobindo First Grade College for Women hadn’t forgotten their roots. In the end, the students of Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women emerged as the winners. Garden City College came second with its ‘Inspired-by-the-Oscars’ theme.

Army Institute of Fashion and Design, with their quirky concept of ‘Meera turns Madonna’, and Acharya Institute of Technology, with their confident stage presence, won the third and consolation prizes respectively. These teams will be now be competing in the grand finale of the show.

The students of Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, who sported an Indo-Islamic collection and CMR Institute of Management Studies
(CMRIMS), who walked the ramp in clothes made of paper, also got a special mention.

Said Vinita, “We chose the theme ‘Paper-razzi’ because we thought that clothes made of fabric have become too cliched. It took us 20 days to design the collection.”

The judges said that they were happy to see a range of themes. “A lot of thought and creativity has gone into the clothes of many teams but a few haven’t designed their own clothes. The teams should research more about Indian textiles,” said Prasad Bidapa. Nimirta said, “A few teams did a great job in terms of innovation but many should have focussed on fashion rather than style.” Roopashree rued, “Many teams haven’t paid attention to minute details like matching their footwear or accessories with their attire.”

Sumanth said that he liked the Indo-Islamic theme the best.  “Some teams worked differently and also had a creative walking style. However, teams should design their own costumes rather than rent them because only then do they stand out,” he advised. 

The evening culminated with fusion dances by the enthusiastic students of Sindhi College and CMRIT.

The stage is now set for the South Zone round that will take place at Oxford College of Arts and Science, HSR Layout on September 13. The grand finale of the event will be held on September 20 at Dayanand Sagar Institutions.

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