Fabulously Funky and Futuristic Designs Spotted on the Ramp at the L.S. Raheja Technical Institute Fashion Show

Ranjit Rodricks , 20 Jan 2012
Anabel Almeida 's collection - Queen Bee
Anabel Almeida 's collection – Queen Bee
Kushal Parmanand, Rita Dhody, Ranjit Rodricks and Payal Khandwala pre judge the collections
Kushal Parmanand, Rita Dhody, Ranjit Rodricks and Payal Khandwala pre judge the collections

We at MissMalini love to promote and encourage new talent, more so if they are young and dynamic college students with bright ideas and dreams that soar sky-high! So, when my dear friends, Preeti Doshi and Navneet Patil, Head of Department for Fashion Design at the L.S. Raheja Technical Institute (Worli, Mumbai) asked me to be on the jury panel to judge the collections by the graduating students, I was most excited to see the brilliant ideas the young designers of tomorrow have created after their three-year course!

Model Romey Kshall wears a creation by Tarka Patil
Model Romey Kshall wears a creation by Tarka Patil
Model Alesia Raut strikes a pose
Model Alesia Raut strikes a pose

So on a crisp and cool winter morning, I joined artist Payal Khandwala, international fashion consultant Rita Dhody, stylist Kushal Parmanand, Kosha Vora of Melange and designer Shahid Dattawalla to sit down and view almost twenty collections by a group of visibly-nervous goung girls.

Their theme for the collections was Synergy and quite frankly it was really hard for us to pin-point a single collection that would go on to win the coveted prize – Collection Of The Year.

Gaurav Arora dazzles in ethnic wear designed by a student
Gaurav Arora dazzles in ethnic wear designed by a student
Fashionable footwear designed by students
Fashionable footwear designed by students
Model Kavita Kharayat stands tall
Model Kavita Kharayat stands tall

With inspirations that ranged from ancient Egypt to a Queen bee and from shadows to mirror-reflections, the girls outdid themselves with their fantastical silhouettes, surface texturing and specially designed bags and shoes. They explored fabrics like velvet, silk, cotton, leather and even ikkat-weaves with much enthusiasm.

Gaurav Arora wears a creative tunic, made from little bits of fabric, stitched together
Gaurav Arora wears a creative tunic, made from little bits of fabric, stitched together
The designers enjoyed exploring vivid colours for men
The designers enjoyed exploring vivid colours for men
Soni Kaur strikes a pose
Soni Kaur strikes a pose

The final fashion show, held yesterday, was choreographed and directed by the inimitable Achla Sachdev at the Classique Club in Andheri, Mumbai. The audience clapped loudly and cheered during the Bollywood sequence (see video) where the models dressed up as Zeenat Aman, Dimple Kapadia, Gabbar Singh, Don and Basanti (from Sholay).

Achla brought glamour to the showing by using top models like Shruti Aggarwal, Kavita Kharayat, Gaurav Arora, Alesia Raut and even ex Miss India Parvathy Omanakuttan (who will soon be seen on the silver screen).

Achla Sachdev
Achla Sachdev
Preeti Doshi and Navneet Patil - Head of Fashion Design Dept. L.S. Raheja Technical Institute
Preeti Doshi and Navneet Patil – Head of Fashion Design Dept. L.S. Raheja Technical Institute
Ex Miss India, Parvathy Omanakuttan
Ex Miss India, Parvathy Omanakuttan

After much deliberation and scrutiny, we decided that Tarka Patil’s collection, called Gaia’s Pantoum, had a slight edge over the others and hence, voted her outfits for Collection of the Year. The insanely creative student cut her silhouettes in a circular pattern and embellished them with a lot of surface texturing, applique and embroidery techniques. Lady Gaga would have definitely gone gaga over these dresses! My pic from her line? A pair of pants with ladybug motifs. Too cute!

Winning Collection of the Year - Gaia’s Pantoum by Tarka Patil
Winning Collection of the Year – Gaia’s Pantoum by Tarka Patil

The clothes and accessories will be on sale on the 2oth, 21st and 22nd of January at Infinity Mall (Andheri) from 10am onwards. Go get them and support the students!

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