Standing out in style

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Standing out in style

Glitz, grace and glamour ruled the ramp as the ‘Metrolife Fashion Show’, presented by Reliance Trends, kickstarted its sixth season with stunning performances put up by the colleges in the first preliminary round.

Held at CMR Law School, the show saw innovative concepts and colourful costumes adorning the runway in a fun-filled evening which enthralled the audience and judges alike.

Bangalore City College walked away with the top honours for their science-fantasy themed collection titled ‘Steampunk’. Inspired by 19th century industrial machinery, it showcased edgy leather outfits in shades of brown and white and an array of eclectic props.

The second spot went to Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women for their Scotland-inspired series. From the collection dominated by checks and the perfect choreography to the similar cardboard photo frames used as props, the ladies symbolised the meaning of being in sync.

The third place was bagged by Army Institute of Fashion and Design. Their collection, titled ‘Kalpavriksha’, lit up the stage as models sashayed down the ramp in ethnic wear in different hues of rich reds, gleaming goldens and burnished browns, coupled with intricate mirror work and ornate jewellery.

Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology claimed the fourth spot for highly innovative costumes based on psychedelic kaleidoscopic art. The predominantly black outfits coupled with floral prints in intriguing shapes and the use of long mirrors as props delighted the audience.

The fifth place went to St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) who presented fashion in a deck of cards. The highly creative collection, which showcased a myriad of costumes, bags and other accessories made up of cards, stunned the gathering.

Other colleges too put up a stellar performance and impressed everyone present with well-thought out concepts and innovative ensembles. Cambridge Institute of Technology put up a show comprising exotic costumes and eye-catching headgear, in keeping with their theme of a westernised tribe.

Indian Academy Degree College brought down the house with an unusual group of models and traditional wear with a twist based on their theme of ‘be yourself’.

MR Institute of Management Studies presented a black and white collection combining monochrome and gothic styles for their collection titled ‘Gotham City’.

St Anne’s First Grade College for Women showcased elegant ethnic wear which comprised long flowing skirts and a lot of bling. Garden City College took one back in time with their long flowing gowns made up of soft satins and white fur giving the feel of a vintage English countryside.

Goodwill Christian College presented a concept called ‘Antaragini- the fire within women’ and literally set the stage on fire with the flaming reds and oranges that dominated their collection.

Acharya Institute of Technology introduced their self-designed collection of funky formals and fun casuals.

Koshy’s Group of Institutions pumped up the energy levels with their collection inspired by the colours, patterns and motifs of African tribal art while CMR University closed the show in style with blue, white and gold outfits in an Indo-Egyptian inspired theme.

While the various forms of western and ethnic wear unveiled on the stage fascinated the audience, they were also equally captivated by the two high-octane dances presented by students.

St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science and the hosts for the evening, CMR Law School, presented powerful and passionate performances that livened up the evening.

It was an illustrious panel of judges who selected the winners for the North Zonals. Actor Sruthi Hariharan, actor Suraj Gowda, supermodel Rahul Rajasekharan and model Rhea Subbaiah were all praises for the hard work put in by the teams and the wonderful encouragement they received from the enthusiastic audience.

Sruthi talked about how there was a clear demarcation between the teams who won and those who did not as the winning groups had put in exemplary effort which was visible on stage.

The second preliminary round for colleges under the South Zone will be held on September 3 at the Oxford College of Arts and Science in HSR Layout.

The winning teams from the zonal rounds will compete at the grand finale on September 10 to be held at Dayananda Sagar Institutions, Kumaraswamy Layout.

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