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Anuj Sharma on Lakme Fashion Week 2010

NIDians win Montana World of Wearable Art award!

FIRST-TIME entrants Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve from India have won the Montana World of WearableArt Supreme Award.

The winners’ garment, Loops, also won the American Express Open Section.

During last night’s awards show, international guest judge Mark D’Arcy said the World of WearableArt made Lady Gaga look like a librarian.

A total of 191 garments from around the world including 130 local entries and 61 international entries took to the stage this year with international designers winning thirteen of the thirty-five prizes on offer.

Peter Alwin is the winner of the Electrolux Design Lab 2010

Peter Alwin from National Institute of Design in India is the winner of the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition for inventing The Snail, the Micro Induction Heating.

Electrolux, a global leader in home and professional appliances, selected The Snail as the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 winner. The announcement was made at the finals in London on September 23, 2010, at 100% Design London, the UK’s leading architecture and design event.

The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents.This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Integrated sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

Congratulations Peter!

Global Age-Friendly Design Awards 2010 competition announced

Global Age-Friendly Design Awards 2010 (GADA 2010) invites students, design professionals, design firms and the general public to submit their ideas on products that can change and enhance the lifestyles of the elderly.

Previously known as International Design Awards in 2008, the competition drew interest from more than 200 participants from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. This year it hopes to increase the number of entries from local and international design communities and agencies.

Submissions must be the original design of participants and must not have been previously released commercially or submitted to other competitions. Designs from both group and individual work can be submitted for this competition.

Entry to this competition is free of charge.

Judging Criteria

• Innovativeness in design
• Creativeness in solutions
• Commercial value add and manufacturability
• Relevance to the elderly market
• Ease of use and relevant aesthetics
• System and environmentally sustainable and friendly

Diminutive Paromita scores big on Lakme Fashion week 2010 !

It was story time when NID alumnus Paromita Banerjee unveiled her collection for Winter/Festive 2010 at Lakmé Fashion Week. Featuring a blend of ethnic yet contemporary looks inspired by stories of the past, there was a great Indo-Global twist to the garments.

Mixing the old Gharana with the shawl drapes and the Mughal touches with simple shift dresses with resist dyed khadi or layered silks, the fabrics had a tale to tell all their own. From matka and tussore from Bengal to handloom mangalgiri cotton from Andhra Pradesh and discharged printed silks; Paromita brought forth the beauty of Indian textiles in an interesting and innovative manner.
The embellishments were the highlight with Mughal patkas and the leaf from the pichhwai temple hanging. Placement embroidery, zari gopur or gold temple top borders appeared for textured waistcoats and lehengas which were teamed with collared shirts while French cuffs gave a new more interesting look to fashion.
Colours were restrained with black and white with a bit of red. The silhouettes were influenced by a Kosode the short sleeved kimono to the Mughal jama and angarkhas both popular in men’s clothing. Resist dyeing in the indigo story appeared for layered asymmetrical tunics, bolero wraps and patchwork kimonos.

Divided into three segments the blackm white and red story had khadi dress with asymmetric hemline layered with red mul inner and crushed stole, a kalidar collared angarkha kurta with conifer leaf embroidery and striking cotton dupattas. The indigo story had versions of the patchwork kimono, khadi dyed shift dress, discharge calico print dress, teamed with layered gheras. The final colour story featured Mangalgiri for capes, kalidar kurtas with embroidered placket and discharge print flared dress in green/red worn with cotton half dyed salwar pants.

For a fusion look that works on the “glocal” platform, Paromita Banerjee’s collection presented a strong definite fashion picture.

Updated – Alumnus Digvijay Singh’s Lakme FW collection 2010

Digvijay Singh for Bhusattva has inspirations which are always organic in nature and this time for the Winter/Festive 2010 season at Lakmé Fashion Week his theme was the rare Rafflesia flower with the collection having an unusual name like “Tidak Ada Lagi” which means “there are not many left” in Malay.

Staying true to his theme, the silhouettes of the collection were inspired by the flower but with a marked Indian touch giving a flowing elegant look to the creations. The fabrics were of course organic in nature and so were the dyes. Pastels played with greasy whites and purple with just a few touches of red and green for the very natural fabrics like cotton satin, blends, kora, modal and matka silk.

Surface texturing is a strong point with Digvijay which was very evident on the elegant garments. French knots added class to the shapes of the motifs using the flower as the central theme. Giving the apparel a very feminine touch, Digvijay added on amazing texturing which gave a unique depth and beauty to the creations.