The cream of Chennai society mingled with prominent members of the city’s fashion fraternity over the weekend at the Fifth Season of the Madras Couture Fashion Week. Over two days, 9 aspiring designers and 7 premium brands displayed the best of their work at a glittering event organised by Hamsa and Satish Jupiter.
Satish tells us “We started this event to give aspiring designers from the south a platform for their work. There was nothing like this in Chennai before. We are extremely happy that this is our fifth season with many of our earlier designers enjoying great success as designers and even as tinsel town stylists.”
Beautifully choreographed by ace fashion organiser Karun Raman, we saw gorgeous models from across India sashay to spirited international and Bollywood beats. Special mention must be made of the statuesque showstopper from Bangalore, Jackie, the lovely Veena and young Chennai girl Esha whose graceful figure and professional demeanour impressed everyone.
Six premium lifestyle brands including design house Satya Paul introduced the latest in women’s and menswear on the first day. The audience loved the vibrant sherwanis from Raymonds and preppy menswear from Rare Rabbit.
The second and final day of the MCFW introduced several upcoming designers including Lokesh and Shalini and footwear brand Gabicci. We liked the resplendent bridal wear from designer Praveena whose showstopper was the ebullient DeeDee Neelakandan.
The event’s emcee was the lovely Michelle Shetty who called on some of the MCFW’s most ardent supporters to the stage during the interval. Distinguished fashion photographer G. Venket Ram, Manoj Beno and Hindustan College’s Susan Sindhu Marthandan were among those who shared their praise for the organisers.
The piece de resistance, however, came from Hamsa Satish who concluded the evening’s festivities by joking she was the ‘perfect wife’ as she was able sit back and have her husband — a renowned PR personality in the city — execute her dream! We are delighted that Chennai’s fashion quotient is on the rise with this ably executed and very stylish event....