I was recently invited to the VLCC Femina Style Diva 2016 presented by Maruti Suzuki Dzire Styled by BIBA and I took the opportunity to seize some latest fashion and styling tips and trends for you all from the fashionistas at the event. The glitzy affair was hosted at The Westin, Gurgaon offered the best in fashion, music and more.
While some were busy with their closings of financial year on 31st March, 2016 and others were tensed with India’s performance in the Semi-Finals, I was occupied with style, beauty and glamour all around. Femina Style Diva was a star-studded exclusive gala event that recognizes the young and aspiring fashionistas.
Femina, India’s leading women’s magazine provided a platform to 16 young fashionistas to showcase their personal style at VLCC Femina Style Diva 2016 presented by Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The esteemed jury panel included names like Bollywood Actress Huma Qureshi, boxer Vijender Singh, Ace designer Gaurav Gupta, Animesh- GM Westin Sohna Resorts and Spa , Femina Editor Tanya Chaitanya. The hallway was full at the seams with people from different walks of life fully clad in outfits reflecting the latest in fashion.
The show was aimed at unveiling young and aspiring fashionistas, and to assist them to take their stylish avatars to the next level. Femina Style Diva was looking for that chic, well-dressed woman who knows the difference between being a trendsetter and a trend follower. Chief mentor and Super Model Nayanika Chatterjee groomed the contestants during a gruelling 5 day training period and prepared them for the finale.
Guess what? The event was hosted by Sameer Kochhar, who is a popular anchor, TV actor and IPL presenter and had the audience keel over his good looks and amazing presentation. The show also witnessed some stellar performances by singer Aditi Sharma who enthralled the audience with her powerful voice and some foot tapping numbers and a stand-up act by Angad Ranyal that had the audience thoroughly entertained.
The contestants sashayed the ramp with oomph and grace. The esteemed jury quizzed the girls and marked them during the three rounds of choreographed catwalks – first round was presented jointly by our western wear partner Kazo, one of India’s leading fashion houses, and Casio, the elegance partner and one of the world’s most renowned and stylish brands; the ethnic wear round presented by the style partner BIBA, India’s leading ethnic fashion brand; and evening style round by avant-garde designer Namrata Joshipura.
In the first round contestants showcased the latest Spring Summer collection from kazon and elegant Casio Sheen watches. The ethic round saw the contestants in beautiful Biba outfits. The evening wear round had sinfully sheer, sensual and chic gowns from Namrata Joshipura. Footwear for this round was provided by Totesgalore.
Samir Kochhar, actor and television presenter, was the emcee for the evening and kept the audience, jury and contestants engaged with his wit and quick humour. After the three rounds and introductions, the judges shortlisted eight contestants, who were then quizzed by each of the five judges on topics that varied from favourite style icon to which actor they would give a style rescue to…! The guests included eminent personalities such as designers Samant Chauhan, Pallavi Mohan and Deepika Govind and many more…
Ms. Sana Dua was announced as the winner of the coveted title, a unanimous choice of the judges. Shreya Mahana and Nivedita were the first and second runners-up at the VLCC Femina Style Diva 2016.
The extravagant evening saw well-known guests like Shalini Kochar, Meenakshi Dutt, Vandana Vadhera, Bharat and Reshma among others.
HTMTNT Style Review – The colours on the ramp were a blend of solid dark colours and the summery cool pastels. The trends for 2016 will mark geometric patterns being featured on clothes, handbags, shoes. Black continues as a perpetual darling in dresses made with single shoulder, shoulder less and backless avatars.
Check out some exclusive pictures of the event that you might not get to see anywhere else!