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Silver jubilee shimmer

Models walk the ramp sporting creations by Kedar Maddula to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of NIFT, Hyderabad. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu  

Nine designers. Forty five minutes of fashion. Mint-fresh collections. The silver jubilee celebrations of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad, couldn't have been better. At the NIFT campus, the energy was infectious on Friday evening as past and current students came together to celebrate the occasion with the fashion event, Unfolding Our Wings.

White magic: Ishita Singh opened the evening with her collection in whites, Saafa, showcasing flowy evening gowns. With minimum highlights, she let the shimmery white fabric cast a spell.

Perky and colourful: In contrast to Ishita's feminine whites were the girly, young collection presented by Kedar Maddula. Tunics and pleated dresses in shades of pinks, oranges and purple were targeted at teens and early 20s.

Little princesses: Shruti Reddy's collection, The Little Princess, had tiny tots walking the ramp in colourful dresses in silks with hand embroidery. The idea was to let the kids have all the fun dressed as ‘fairies in an English garden' as the audience cheered on.

Lounge around: Can any fashion event be complete without summer lounge wear? Deepti. B's lounge wear comprised tunics styled like kaftans, Turkish pants and boat necked dresses. Departing from structured silhouettes, her line was relaxed and ideal for holidays.

Lucknow chic: Some things never go out of vogue, like chickan dresses and saris. Aanchal Suri's line paid an ode to Lucknowi chikan work. Understated cotton saris with chikan work and golden thread borders and tunics with chikan and kantha embroidery teamed up with leggings made for a classy collection.

Go eco-friendly: Arvind Jashua, known for his work on khadi and hand-spun cotton, didn't disappoint. His collection was a mix of ethnic and western wear for both men and women in khadi. Pleated khadi trousers, tunics, halter-neck tops and dresses in muted shades of purple, whites and deep maroon were pick-me-ups.

Three for one: Asymmetric dresses and tunics in two tones dominated the collection of Ashna Lala, Nitya Surekha and Nitesh Kumar, retailing under the label Tritiya.

Bling for men: For once, male models got their due flaunting Sagar Tenali's bling line of tunics and Sherwanis teamed up with colourful dhotis and Jodhpur pants. Sherwanis with heavy brocade embroidery were fit for the kings.

Demon meets Devi: Ganesh Nallari closed the evening with his spunky line, Demon meets Devi: The split in me. The ‘demon' was characterised by silk dresses in black with purple and red checked detailing. Contrast this with flowy gowns in pastels and models sashaying down the ramp with a lotus in their arms and you get an essence of the ‘split'. The surprise package was actress Taapsee Pannu closing the evening in a half sari designed by Nallari.

The organisers earned brownie points for starting the event on time and putting up a show without glitches.

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