Revels’17 – Haute Couture
Named after a phrase referring to the art of customizing clothes that pander to the elite class – ‘Haute Couture’ was an event not many wanted to miss. Held on the same day as International Woman’s Day, the event drew a fairly decent crowd to the Quadrangle but most of them left before the event concluded.
Being the flagship event of the first day of Revels 2017, the competition had an obligation to be high profile. If not for anything else, the Organising Committee of ‘Haute Couture’ lived up to the high standards that was expected of them. This was evident as the judge for both FBB Campus Princess 2017 as well as the fashion show was Miss Srinidhi Shetty. A Manglorean by birth, Miss Shetty acquired global fame – as Miss Supranational 2016 – in a tremendous feat that made the country proud.
The show was divided into two sections for the night. First, FBB Campus Princess was conducted – an event where girls studying in colleges nearby walked the ramp solo in a black dress yearning for the Campus Princess sash. Then, as the night progressed, the event transitioned into a fashion parade where teams strutted on stage in vibrant colours and fancy costumes. The theme of ‘Haute Couture’ was Carnaval. All the teams participating in the event had to bring forth elements of a carnival while on stage.
With well choreographed moves and interesting costumes, the first team on stage retrieved the attention of the audience. Flowing gowns and peacock feathers – essential features of the Rio festival – were well propagated. This, in addition to good coordination, pleased the judges and were appreciated by the same. The second team attempted to claim victory through bold innovation, which managed to impress some, but failed to be rated highly by most. The team decided to have a singer on stage, lending her voice to the loud and groovy music. Despite the novel idea, the concept failed due to a lack of synchronization between the beats and the lyrics. Adding to their woes was their poor portrayal of Harley Quinn, that failed to win the team much attention.
By the time the third team was done showcasing their talents, the excitement that had gone missing was restored to the Quadrangle. Revealed during an interview round with Miss Shetty, their performance was structured around ‘Mar di Gras’, which roughly translates to ‘Fat Tuesday’ in Spanish. It refers to events of the Carnival celebrations which begin during or after the Christian feasts and are held during the Easter period every year. With a concept like this, the performance was bound to be interesting. But what amused the audience the most was the characters on stage. Harley Quinn and the Joker walking to “Heathens” by 21 Pilots, though clichéd in its own way, was worth watching due to the incredible facial expressions of the two performers. Despite all this, it was the participant who portrayed the Mad Hatter that stole the show. True to the Hatter’s whimsical character, he was pushed around the stage by all the performers, while still maintaining his characteristic nervous expression.
The final team brought out hints of Rio as girls played with hoops and the music was representative of the frivolous nature of carnivals. Apart from this, they had nothing else to offer and with that the event came to a conclusion. Though Miss Supranational considered herself lucky to be amidst so much talent in the sphere of fashion, the exponentially diminishing crowd by the end of Haute Couture only meant that it certainly did not live up to the expectations of most.