Indulge gives budding designers a chance to showcase their talent to the fashion industry’s elite
Celebrating our eighth anniversary with an effervescent concept, Indulge launched an inter-collegiate fashion competition, the Runway Code, on October 17—with the qualification- round as the curtain-raiser. Having teamed up with Iris Events (an event management firm), NAC Jewellers and Agami Bespoke Studio, it will serve as a platform for students of fashion to showcase their design sense.
With an impressive panel of judges, the Runway Code hopes to set the bar for aspiring designers. Adding a twist to the ramp action, the designers also have to fill in as models. “I think it’s a beautiful concept. The pride associated with that is fantastic,” says city-based Aishwarya Suresh, an established model, and part of the judging panel, along with renowned fashion choreographer Sanjay Asrani and designer Anusha Ranga, the creative director of Agami Bespoke Studio. ‘‘You never know,’’ Asrani adds hopefully, ‘‘some of the girls could go on to design or walk on the ramp for platforms like Miss India.’’ While the choreographer will also be grooming and mentoring the finalists, Ranga will be designing the ensembles for the Indo-western round.
The students from Inter National School for Fashion Design (INIFD), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National College of Design and Raffles Millennium International College (RMI), were split into teams of five for the qualifying round and given colour themes to work on. The final event will be held on November 6, and will comprise three rounds to showcase jewellery from NAC, Indo-western wear, and the students’ designs. The winner will claim the ‘Miss Breezee’ title (named after the new collection of light weight jewellery from NAC), the trophy and a cash prize of `50,000. Praising the early exposure the students are getting, Latha Krishna, MD of Iris, concludes, ‘‘It’s an amazing platform for the girls and they should make the most of it. They are being mentored by experienced professionals and will learn a lot from them.’’
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