Splendour on stage

Splendour on stage

Turning 100 is surely a rarity, a great landmark in itself. So when that milestone is achieved, it calls for a grand celebration, a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Capturing the same sentiment, the centenary celebrations of Century Club commenced with a magnificent fashion show followed by a mind-reading session and a DJ night.   
 
‘Couture 100’, the fashion and music extravaganza, witnessed a large turnout as many came to celebrate the grand achievement of the club. “This is a specially curated show depicting the fashion of the Royal House of Mysore. The jewellery and attires of the erstwhile royal family will be showcased here. The Wodeyars have always supported Century Club from the time of the Diwanship of Sir M Visvesvaraya and we felt that this is an apt occasion to celebrate their fashion sense,” said Shoba Neelakantappa, president of the club.

The event started on a glittering note with designer Ashok Maanay showcasing his label ‘Maanay’. His collection ‘Regalia’ inspired by the royalty of Mysore comprised rich ‘saris’ and royal Indian menswear.

Following that, designer Shloka Sudhakar came up with her collection of elegant ‘saris’ and gowns named ‘Oasis’. Women walked the ramp in ‘sari’ gowns, bridal and casual ‘lehengas’ and wedding gowns. “The theme is inspired by ‘oasis’, a fertile tract in a desert. Similarly, this collection also has a mix of rich and subtle colours with elegant handcrafted work and sassy cuts to enhance the beauty of each outfit,” highlighted Shloka.

In the third round of the fashion show, designers and mother-daughter duo Kaushalya and Raina exhibited exquisite outfits for the bridesmaids from their collection ‘Kara’, comprising Indian dresses and ‘saris’. 

The last round saw creations, mainly printed dresses, by young designers Shilpa and Kaveri. Passionate about painting, the two artists decided to change their medium from canvas to cloth sometime back. They showcased some unique work by the artisans of Karnataka and Benares who use various materials, dyes and hand embroidery on silk to bring forth their heritage and culture. With a hint of Indian vintage weaves as well as modern silhouettes, the collection garnered much applause from spectators.

The show was skillfully choreographed by Rahul Dev Shetty and won much appreciation, especially from the younger crowd.

Following this, Deepak Rao led the spectators on to a show of mystical and highly enjoyable experiments in telepathy, intuition, premonition and clairvoyance. This surely held the interest of many curious souls in the crowd.

DJ Ravish enthralled everyone with many eclectic numbers till late into the night.
Nikhil Tiwari, a third generation member of Century Club, said that of all things, he was happy to experience something new and different in the mind-reading session.

Another member, E G Jaideep, was happy to be a part of the celebrations as a whole. “The fashion show has definitely been glamorous and even the mind-reading was interesting. However, for me, it’s the overall joy of being part of a historical event as this that counts. Very few generations are fortunate enough to experience that.”

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