Ludhiana Fashion Week – Grand finale and awards night. After two days of magnificent fashion presentations at the Ludhiana Fashion Week – the Annual Design Contest organized by Inter National Institute of Fashion Design Ludhiana concluded with an exhilarating Grand Finale.
The second Season of the event, which began on 20th of April 2018, showcased the final collections of passing out students and alumni designers in a jam-packed venue at the INIFD Campus lawns, next to Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. The show concluded by giving away awards like the Best Collection of the Year, The Thematic Collection of the Year, Director’s Choice Award, Most Appreciated Collection of the Year, Most Stylish Collection and the likes.
The third and final day of the Fashion Week witnessed 13 collections designed by INIFD students. The student designers picked up inspiration from young and mischief-bound themes like chewing gum, school uniform and the flappers to more elegant, traditional and royal ones like traditional miniature paintings, Punjabi culture, Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda and the Art Noveau, moonlight and gold-work on outfits.
1. The KIDS’ ROUND began with children covered in black carrying placards, to express their anger and pain towards the atrocities on Asifa, the 8-year old rape victim from Kathua. Their soul-stirring walk was an appeal to the masses to give them the love, care and protection they deserve from such heinous and horrendous acts.
There’s lot’s to watch through cool statement pieces, which formed the first ensemble. Along with the bright colors and dazzling prints there were subtle shades and nude tones. Accessories, shoes and bags style the little humans and made them look fashionable and on trend whilst being comfortable at the same time.
The collection had been designed and created by young designers from the First Year.
2. The collection “Chewing Gum” by Sheenam Malhotra, Arvinder Kaur, Jasmine Kaur and Lovepreet Kaur banked on the softness and flexibility of the bubble gum to design naughty and trendy outfits. The models catwalked in check button-downs, vintage cartoon appliqués, button buddies and fluffy pastel and sculptured dresses with a chewing gum theme executed in couture.
3. Pallavi Gaba combined the elements of the unconventional Bohemian culture with the colors and traditions of Punjabi lifestyle in her collection BOHOPUN to create unique pieces of coats, skirts and trousers embellished by fringes, tassels, machine embroidery and metal work.
4. NADEEM AHMAD attempted to revive traditional miniature paintings of flora and fauna through beautiful prints in his collection THE MINIATURE TWIST, where necklines varied from ban to jewel necklines with straight to ruffled hemline long tunics, dhotis & tops.
5. NIGHT QUEEN by Rajat Rai created a romantic mood by showing the colors of a full moon night like white, tones of blue and black in georgette, scuba and satin fabrics to create knee to floor length dresses with high slits, embroidered necklines and deep backs, making for sensual and sizzling evening wear pieces.
6. GOSSIP GIRLS by designers Chananjeet Kaur and Anita Gupta focused on creating a ready to wear collection for young girls who want an edge in their outfits, taking different colors and checks inspired from different schools. Badges used as accessories completed the whole look and rendered the collection a classy style.
7. Harpreet kaur adorned each piece of clothing in GOLDEN EDGE with golden accents, some simplistically while others overwhelmed with the bright and yellow hue to make the collection a unique combination – that of simplicity with luxury. The collection overtly displayed golden bomber jackets and bralets used with handwoven fabric Khes.
8. ‘The Stile Floreale’ by Vatika Jain was inspired by the highly decorative style of the Art Nouveau with its trademark whiplash curves, which is believed to have freed art of its outdated belief and helped to change the role of women in society. The collection comprised of both organic and geometric forms evolving into elegant designs that resembled the stems and blossoms of plants.
9. Paying homage to the roaring twenties, designer for “Flap To The Future” Anshul Malhotra explored the journey between the flappers and modern enthusiasts. The backs and the bottoms of the ensemble were re-evolved by using ‘backless’ and ‘cold’ elements in the corsets. Minimalistic yet detailed, the silken satins and velvety suede had a furry touch in them, accessorized by metals, tassels and vintage cloche hats and boots.
10. The designers Bhawdeep and Priyanka Rawat were conscious of the fact that the fashion industry is the second largest cause of pollution and environmental degradation. They brought the concept of sustainable fashion into picture by up-cycling old garments into jackets, skirts, capes and shirts.
11. THE BOSS LADY by Smiley Sethi comprised of Structured and balanced silhouettes in Scuba and Satin fabrics, depicting sharp and bold feminine look. Created in a neutral color scheme i.e. black, white and grey, the garments aimed to render power and poise to the modern lady, who possesses the spirit to fight against all the limitations and oppositions she is subjected to in a patriarchal society.
12. Shivam Katri and Paavan Sohar created a complete menswear collection Hipster with an Old Hat inspired by latest trends and style but with a retro touch. The designer gave an entirely new twist to daily wear clothing by using thread work on traditional kurtas instead of checks, embroidery on bell-bottom trousers and loose fitting coats.
13. The alimni designer Gagandeep Singh Tuli weaved a story of wedlock deeply inspired by Maharani Sita Devi’s royalty, aesthetics and her grand lifestyle. The collection was a combination of ancient royal tradition with contemporary versatile and embossed embellishments. The outfits attempted to add a beautiful description to the persona of young girls, to highlight their real worth and encourage them to walk in confidence in their quest to find their life partners.
Since it was a design contest, the jury comprising of fashion experts had selected various collections which won prizes in different categories.
A special appreciation award called “The Director’s Choice Award” was bagged by the designer Amandeep Kaur for her collection called “The Unspoken Twist”,
It was bracketed with another collection- ENGINE ART designed by one of the most talented designers Parnika Bansal.
The next award for the category “The Most Experimental Collection” was won by Arshjot Kaur for the collection Tekusucha.
Even this award had been shared by another collection The Stile Floreale by Vatika Jain which was found to be equally experimental.
The Mergirl Secret by Pushpinder Kaur was adjudged as “The Most Appreciated Collection.”
“The Most Researched Collection” award went to Surbhi Garg and Gunjan Kalra for “Gond Art.”
The jury declared the collection “REBEL” by Bhawdeep Singh and Priyanka Rawat as THE MOST INNOVATIVE COLLECTION”.
The Runner up award for the Best Collection Category was bagged by “The Tribal Regina” by the designers Manpreet Gill & Simran Kaur.
The members of the jury had a tough time deciding the most prestigious award. Not able to reach at a conclusion which one was better than the other in this category, they unanimously decided that each one of them qualified equally to be declared as The Best Collection of INIFD Ludhiana Fashion Week- 2018.
The Best Collection of Ludhiana Fashion Week 2018 was won by the collection “THE BOSS LADY” by Smiley Sethi.
The award was bracketed with the collection “Ju Jitsu” by Yukti Gupta.
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