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GenNext impressive at WLC show

The WLC students showcased stunning outfits making Rohit Bal see red, reports Sajjan Singh Thakur.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 16:58 IST

Fashion Technology as a career option is on boom these days. It would not be any exaggeration to say that it is already making big inroads into the traditional courses. It's an in-thing if you wish to be different.

One had to witness the passing out parade -- they call it Annual Graduating Fashion Show -- of the students of Wigan Fashion School to really feel the impact that Rohit Bals, Ritu Kumars and their ilk are making on the young, impressionable minds, nay the GenNext.

A model poses for the shutterbugs at WLC show.

The designers of tomorrow, who had gathered at Quintessence06, on Wednesday, showcased some stunning outfits of international look and feel, making chief guest Bal see red.

Surely, they will give the fashion giant a run for his money, if one goes by the appreciation that was writ large on his face for the budding talents.

Bal had few encouraging words for the fashfrat which has just joined the big brothers' league. He was effusive in his praise for the promising designers who he believed 'could make a mark for themselves'. And when Bal talks, fashionistas listen, in rapt attention.

Some of the young designers merit immediate attention: Swati Rekha Selvan, Himanshi Chowdhary and Jenjum Gadi. While Gadi's collection for males was making young women drool, the biggest applaud, backed by whistle, from men's section was reserved for Himanshi.

And yes, few of these designers looked ravishing themselves, to say the least. They can try their luck in modelling too. The designers made a statement of their arrival in the big fashion world with chic and gorgeous summer collections.

They ranged from resplendent saris to body-hugging jeans, tops and white skirts, that dazzled. Pink, white and green looked as the dominating colours of the evening.

A model walks down the ramp at WLC show.

The other designers who showcased their creation included Roseline Dhanwar, Kumal Diwan, Ira Lalit, Pallavi Singh, Jyoti Sharma and Fazilat Bano. The awesome designer pair of Divya and Nidhi Gambhir, in the special section -- Walnut -- stole the thunder.

The jury comprised Jattin Kochar, Ricci Roshan, Mona Gupta, textile revivalist, Naresh Kapporia, painter artist, Punnet Gambhir, GM, Marketing Bhartiya International, Anish Tahim, fashion consultant, Mamta Sehgal, N Roshan Singh, fashion technology, Tina Guleria, business head, Triburg.

Earlier, while inaugurating the event, Vinay Pasricha, chairman, Wigan & Leigh College, said, "It's my proud privilege to present the fashion industry a group of talented youth who are deserving recipients of the Advanced Diploma in Fashion Technology from the college."

"As part of their training, may of our students have already had industry exposure through internships at prestigious firms. It has been possible through our unique traineeship programme, where students get a deep grounding in actual work environments, and also earn while they learn," he added.

First Published: Jun 16, 2006 16:58 IST