It’s that time of the year again when the students of the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD),Chandigarh offer a peep into their creativity. For this years annual showcase,the students have put together 22 collections with myriad themes. From Origami,the art of paper folding to the powers of alchemy to Punjabs prized craft,phulkari,students have sought inspirations from various fields. A special preview was held on the campus on Tuesday with students slipping into the shoes of models as well.
The show INIFD Designer Medley 2013 will roll out in a few days with leading models of the country donning the creations. The collections vary from all-out ethnic to Western dresses and include resortwear lines as well. The themes have been well researched and among those that catch our attention is Its a beautiful life by Kavita Sharma. Having showcased at the last edition of the Lakme Fashion Week as part of the Gen-Next show,Sharma has applied the technique of burning the raw edges of pure silk fabric pieces to create scenes from her surroundings.
Another group of designers have been inspired by the power of alchemy and it reflects well in the use of jute and wool. Adding a touch of floral fun is a collection inspired by the book The Secret Garden,which has ensembles highlighting handmade flowers,ruffles and petals. Noor-e-ayaat by Ramandeep Kaur brings in the bridal bling with lehengas,shararas,anarkalis and also showcases traditional embroideries such as aari and dabka. The collection Fold-Unfold by Mansi Pahuja,Pratibha Kamboj and Sandeep Kaur is based on the techniques of origami. The collection Dont Worry,Be Hippy by Abhibav Gautam,Nisha Nair,Reema Chhabra and Salil Sharma is fun and free-spirited in design. For Mehak Dhawan,Gurkeerat Kaur Bedi,Sheenu Batra and Manveen Kaur,it was all about exploring phulkari through their collection Jugni Mast Kalandar. The vivid colours of the craft have been brought alive in ensembles that have contemporary silhouettes.