Shopping spree:‘Numaish’ witnessed heavy rush on Ladies’ Day on Tuesday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
Girls look like dolls walking straight out of showcase
There was loud music blaring out in the background and a select gathering eager to cheer models that were to sashay across the ramp.
The auditorium in hotel D.V. Manor reverberated with wild cheers at the first sight of the ‘tiny’ models covered in layers of frilly frocks taking to the dais. They were a set of young kids, all belonging to the 3-4 age group, walking the ramp to showcase garments designed by students pursuing P.G. diploma course in fashion designing and B. Sc Fashion Technology in Samana Institute for Design Studies (SIDS).
“Instead of waiting till the end of the course to showcase their works to the local public, we decided to do it after the first semester for an early exposure to the market,” said SIDS Managing Partner and CEO Samana Moosavi, who went on to explain: “We chose to focus on kids’ wear as there is no garments showroom exclusively for kids. In the absence of wide choice, the young ones are forced to rely on the limited designs available.”
Tiny tots of Delhi Public School (DPS) stepped into the shoes of models and showcased the rookie designers’ works with aplomb.
The girls, who outnumbered boys, looked like dolls walking straight out of showcases. Their heavily frilled frocks with floral strips and a hair band to match with a flower perched on one side made them cynosure of all eyes.
The doting parents sitting among the audience blew kisses as their children walked down the ramp in full public glare.
The entire premises turned peachy when girls emerged in peach-colour frocks and long gowns.
The clothes designed by the SIDS designers were all sold out at the venue itself. “This is the first time that the garments designed by SIDS students did not come back to the institute after showcasing them in the public. Most of the parents of kids who flaunted these clothes, bought them,” said Ms. Samana.
At the end of the show, Baby Tanmay was adudged as ‘Queen of Samana’, Ziya as first runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’ and Ruaina as second runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’.
General Manager Rakesh David cuts a huge New Year cake baked at Hotel Grand Nagarjuna in Guntur on Sunday.— Photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR
New Year festivities kick-started at Hotel Grand Nagarjuna where staff led by general manager Rakesh David made a huge cake measuring 18 feet in length and weighing 200 kg.
Mr. David said that the cake was prepared by a team led by master chef Prakash in less than five hours using traditional ingredients.
“We want to usher in the New Year 2014 in a novel way by making the biggest cake in the town,” Mr. David said.
The baking of the cake was done at ‘Balloons’ conference hall on the ground floor of the hotel and was completed by 4 p.m. Mr. Prakash said that traditional ingredients, a whole lot of almonds, raisins have been used in the making of the cake. The cake was later savoured and distributed by the hotel personnel.
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Children of fishermen learning to swim in makeshift boats made of thermocol sheets at Pedajalaripeta in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —Photo: K.R. Deepak
Peruri Suryanarayana (65) has been dependent on pottery work for the last 40 years. Life became difficult for him as he could not make more than 40 to 50 pots per day. “When I started my pottery work about 40 years ago, it was less than one naia paisa per a big pot. Then it slowly went up to Rs.3. The prices of pots have increased at a snail’s pace, but the prices of essential commodities sky-rocketed. I thought of leaving my community profession at one stage,” said Suryanarayana.
Then he got the idea of making pots with the support of electric domestic grinder. After getting it from one of his well-wishers, he removed its steel top and made a `sari’ wheel to make pots. To his surprise, from day one he had made 150 to 200. Now, with improved skill and expertise, he is making 300 pots per day.
After two days of making pots, he would dry them in an open area adjacent to his house.When asked about demand for pots, he said his product had all-time demand. “For example, when the marriages season starts, we are asked to make pots as our custom says that the bride has to perform pooja with pots only. During summer, we make pots suiting the taste of consumers. Our pots are used during funerals also,”. His son Hanumanthu, who is by his side, helps his father all the time.
Peruri Suryanarayana, using a domestic grinder in an innovative way, is making 300 pots a day and making a good profit.
This Christmas, Shoppers Stop gives its young customers a chance to know what it’s like to be inside Santa’s workshop by organising art and craft workshops across all its stores in the city. The workshops are free and will have activities such as making quilled bookmarks, fun Christmas cards and paper ornaments.
There will also be story telling sessions. These workshops will be held on December 25, 29 and January 1, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Shoppers Stop stores are located at Ramee Mall (Teynampet), Harrington Road, Shyamala Towers (Saligramam0 and The Grand Mall (Velachery).