Guwahatians were left asking for more as north-east’s biggest fashion event, TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend, came to a grand conclusion at Pragjyoti Cultural Complex, Machkhowa yesterday evening. Organized by Mega Entertainment, north east’s largest fashion and pageant event organizer, in association with TRESemmé as the title sponsor, the two-day couture fashion event saw the presence of the crème de la crème of the region’s fashion fraternity. The fashion weekend is also supported by Crafts of North East- a society promoting the handicrafts and handloom of northeast, Vodafone and Ponds White Beauty, a brand of Hindustan Unilever Limited.
TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend had an impressive lineup of designers that was a wholesome combination of leading fashion experts of India and promising talents from across the north eastern region. The concluding day of TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend 2014 mesmerized the audience as 30 top models sashayed the ramp adorning brilliantly coloured and uniquely designed collections. The line–up of the day’s designers in order were:
- Khrielasier Liezietsu from Kohima
- Goswami Gurumayum from Imphal
- Pushpanjali Dutta from Guwahati
- Amritraj Bora from Delhi
- Vikas Grover from Delhi
- Robert Naorem from Bangalore
The youngest designer of the lot, 18-year-old Khrielasier Liezietsu showcased a ballroom collection comprising of bright shades of pink, green, yellow, orange, blue etc. The fabrics used in the collection are traditionally woven materials, satin and chiffon. The signature of the collection was combination of bright colours, speaking about the richness of colours. Commenting on his collectionKhrielasier spoke, “Fashion should not be a piece of cloth to cover our body; fashion is also an art. The designs in my collection are western artistic costumes with Indian inspired prints bringing more glamour to the collection. The unique and futuristic feel in this entire collection left the audience speechless.
Another noteworthy collection showcased during the first half of the show was Goswami Gurumayum’s collection. His collection comprised of recycled materials like dry flower seeds, straw, bamboo leaf, coir, peepul leaves, handloom and handicraft with appliqué work, polythene, snail shells, etc. The fabrics used in the collection were net and pure cotton. Natural dyes were used for the entire collection. The jewellery worn with these designs were non metal and well as original jewellery. Goswami wanted to promote the use and promotion of used and disposed materials in a better way. He also showcased many unique ways to use various natural products which, generally are not used in apparel designing.
The great American poet Maya Angelou had once said, “We wear the mask that grins and lies. It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes”. Pushpanjali Dutta brings onto the ramp a unique theme, ‘The Mask Magic’, an apparel collection inspired by the masks from the culturally rich seat of Vaishnavite culture- Majuli, the largest river island of the world. In Majuli, these masks are worn while performing Mukha Bhaona, the traditional theatre. These are masks of epic mythological and historical characters and are made of clay, bamboo, cloth etc. The hue and expressions of these masks are reflected in this collection, and it is a small effort to capture the essence, a tribute to the timeless beauty and traditions of the river island Majuli. The masks are coloured in Black, White, Red and Blue, and the fabrics used are georgette, natural silks and endi/eri.
Delhi-based Assamese designer Amritraj Bora showcased a collection of evening wear comprising of dresses, gowns, sarees, anarkalis and lehengas mostly in shades of black, white, beige and gold. His designs philosophy stems from his deeply rooted love for the romantic era, nostalgic yet progressive, every piece a reflection of subtle beauty and old world sensuality.
Theme of Delhi based designer Vikas Grover’s collection presented today was ‘Traditional Meadows’ inspired by traditional embroideries, patch work and zari work. His collections are made of chiffon, georgette and jute, with base colour of black and red with different coloured embroideries like golden, silver and different coloured beads, which added an extra spark to the evening.
Robert Naorem presented the Grand Finalé of the show with his designs in three categories. He opened his designs with ‘Dusk and Dawn’ theme which was a fusion of Manipuri collection. His second lot of designs also had motifs of Manipuri designs in‘Indian Saree collection’ using bright neon colours of pink, yellow and orange which marks happiness. The fabrics used in this collection were net with different colour dyes which were inspired by Manipuri designs yet can be worn by every Indian. His last lot of designs was the ‘Black Collection’, dedicated to the title sponsor – TRESemmé, which included gowns made from chiffon, nets, georgette, cotton and silk keeping in mind the theme – couture.
During the first day of the TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend, designers Sanjay Choudhury from Guwahati, Karan Thokchom from Imphal and Sumit Dasgupta from Mumbai showcased their vibrant collections.
This season sees the hottest trends in ethnic, casual, formal, outdoor, active and party wear from around the world come together. Inventive themes like Carnival, Tropical, Aztec and Monochrome weave their way through the collection, each adding a fresh twist for a never seen before look.
The collections presented at TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend is an inspiration of fresh colours and unusual patterns, recycled, botanical motifs, ethnic and tribal art brought to life, fabulous fits and fabrics to die for. TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend collection will feature an eclectic style and harbors a distinctly creative attitude. There will be four shows in the two-day fashion extravaganza and the floor and backstage in-charge of TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend, Sweety Sharma and Y. Dipika Devi, are putting in all their efforts to make the show a splendid success.
Talking about the event, Abhijit Singha, Founder Proprietor of Mega Entertainment said, “TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend is a platform for dreams to take flight. The show exhibits those designers who have achieved nationally and to celebrate the outstanding talent emerging out of this region. We are bringing brilliant designers from across India, so that they can understand the culture, and be aware of the handicrafts and handlooms of this region and take it further to the national and international level.”
Priyanka Choudhury, Show Director and Choreographer, TRESemmé Couture Fashion Weekend, said, “Through this event, we aim to support those artists of the region who are capable of excelling in the international arena, and must continue in its endeavor, thus creating awareness and also establishing the credibility of artistes of the region. Besides, we are also bringing a number of nationally acclaimed designers who have their roots in the northeastern region. This will not only encourage investment and help in the cultural market but also enable our artistes to earn well while pursuing their passion and interests.”
Day One Highlights:
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Day Two Highlights:
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