Experience of a lifetime, Mumbai Trip by WLCI

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Road to Runway was a competition organized by WLCI and it was nothing less than a boon for me as the competition gave me a chance to visit Mumbai and be a part of one of the India’s biggest fashion events, Lakme Fashion Week!

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As share my experience of the Mumbai trip, I am infused with memories of the time spent at the Lakme Fashion Week, which passed in jiffy learning from the works of some renowned fashion designers.

Although, it was a short trip, yet, I enjoyed and learnt a lot. Moreover, it was a great experience to dream every fashion student has, all because of WLCI! I was delighted to attend the third day of Lakme Fashion Week, and the sight of impeccable works left me awe-inspired. I have recently attended numerous fashion shows in Delhi, but LFW gave me an experience to cherish for lifetime.

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The encounter with renowned designers of the Industry and learning about their journey of becoming successful were truly inspiring. The encounter gave me an insight into the environment of practical executions and the inspiring ambience gave me a positive energy which increased my self-confidence. The visit to LFW gave me exposure to the fashion industry, where the designs were amazing with beautiful, different and unique concepts.

The whole vibe and feel of the event was unique and cannot be compared to any other event in India, it is a compact and careful mixture of modern and traditional values. The first show we attended was by Divya Seth, one of the impeccable designers. The Rada collection by Divya Seth had mixed inspiration from traditional and modern art. The collection was an artistic merger of pichwai paintings and Frida Kahlo’s surreal art. Popular Bollywood star Swara Bhaskar ended the grand show in a metallic silver cowled midi with a long lace cover. After the show, we had an interaction with Divya Seth and it was interesting to hear about her journey of becoming successful and known.

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After witnessing Divya Seth’s show, we went to Payal Singhal’s Show. Her collection was named as ‘Lady M’ and it was inspired by Agatha Christie’s dark romantic murder mystery ‘Death on the Nile’. The show was brought to an end by the glamorous Bollywood beauty Diana Penty.  She walked down the ramp wearing an ash grey, georgette, fully encrusted kaftan tunic with a net Deco jaal embroidered Lehenga.

In a nutshell, the visit to Mumbai changed my perspective to many things. I thank my college, WLCI, which gave me an opportunity to attend such a big and prestigious event, studying with WLCI has been one of the best decisions of my life. I would also like to attend more shows like this in future to get more exposure and I am sure with WLCI, my wish will be fulfilled just like the dream of witnessing Lakme Fashion Week came to life!

Mamita Ali

RTR, the competition that took me to Lakme Fashion Week (LFW)

One month before RTR was announced; I absolutely had no idea that such big opportunity is coming my way. Road to Runway is the competition that was organised by WLCI, wherein, for the fashion stream, we had to create and present a trend board portraying our style and sense of fashion.

The price of winning the competition was quiet lucrative, the students that will present best board was to get a sponsored trip to Mumbai and an opportunity to attend the Lakme Fashion Week!

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It knew that this is the best opportunity that might give me a chance to be a part of Lakme Fashion Week. I immediately filled in the form and participated.  In the journey of RTR, I even discovered my love for writing on Fashion.

After the submission of my trend board, the jury had to decide the winners. My work was appreciated by the Mentors and the Director. The moment of appreciation was one that I will cherish for whole of my life. .

Below is the trend that board that I prepared for the competition:

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And here is the content that was curated:

I perceive fashion trends through eyes and I’ve always been fascinated about how eyes contribute to the idea of fashion trends. This might be a narrow interpretation of the concept of fashion, but I happen to believe that trends are truly executed on the face of a person. Using the elements on face makes it easier to reflect upon the uniformity of the fashion world and its divisive nature at the same time. This was an attempt to use my imagination to induce a sense of magic in creating a trend through eyes.

And that’s how it all began, I was chosen as the winner and I attended the third day of the Lakme Fashion Week.

There were some really nice outfits that were showcased on the ramp and were uniquely designed. But the mix of modern and traditional designs is what made LFW interesting, and also, you could find a lot of journalists covering different stories of their favourite looks and designers. I got interviewed by NDTV GOOD TIMES on the day, and it was a great experience, all thanks to WLCI for organising RTR!

I got a chance to attend shows of Divya Seth, Sonam &Paras Modi, Monica &Karishma and Payal Singhal.

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We also saw some of the Celebrities and some renowned bloggers at the event. We got a chance to meet Divya Seth and heard her inspiring journey to the Lakme Fashion Week.

The perfect word to describe my experience at the Lakme fashion Week would be ‘incredible’. I say so because I got a chance to meet some of the most amazing people from the industry and some renowned personalities that I find extremely inspiring. It also made me value the talent Indian designers have and their success stories were equally inspiring.

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All of the fun and learning experience wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing faculty who came up with the idea of competition and gave me this opportunity which I never would have imagined to experience. I thank WLCI for this experience.

Anam Khan

Why is internship becoming a mandate

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It is a matter of zero debate that the best way to invest in your career is internships. Internship is a period of work experience, provided to the student by any company or college that gives them an insight into the working culture. WLC College India is a professional institution that has a special traineeship program to nurture students and turn them into professionals before they finish the degree and step into the professional world.

Here are 7 reasons to prove why internships are becoming mandatory in today’s scenario.

  • Gives an edge in the Job-world – The professional training offers a hands-on opportunity for the students to work and get experience in their fields. They learn how the curriculum and theoretical knowledge applies to the real world and this makes them stronger candidates for various jobs after the degree is over.
  • Enhances your network – Internships provide with an opportunity to interact and learn from the individuals who are from different institutions and are studying in the same field. By attending meetings and events with the professionals, the students are able to meet stalwarts of the industry and increase their networking. A great network is always helpful in developing references and for exploring opportunities.
  • Teaches Time Management – There is a huge difference between study and working environments, and this is learnt by the student when he/she enters the work field after completing the degree. Internships provide an opportunity to experience the environment beforehand, learn and grow while managing the time efficiently.
  • For trying out a career – Internship is a great way to try out a career if you are looking to change your field. It can be a risk to start pursuing a job in a field which you are not thorough with. It is always a better option to get a sneak peek into how the world works from inside and what better can be a way than professional trainings?
  • Earn while you learn – Most of the organisations that provide the opportunities for internships also pay a handsome stipend which is profitable for students’ resume and for boosting the confidence as well. WLCI has a special programme named just the same which ensures every student gets the deserved value for their time investment.
  • Boosts confidence – Apart from developing skills galore, confidence is another accessory that is essentially required to excel in the work field.  With an experience into the work world, the fear of facing the professional world goes away and you can step in the Job-world with an aura of confidence all around you.
  • Enhances perspective – When you meet new people who come from a different organisation, the angle of thoughts and perspective gets a new dimension. Newer thoughts and ideas enrich the brain and they are nothing less than a boon for creative fields!

The exposure to real world problems and perspectives that are probably not found in the textbooks can cultivate adaptability and creativity in the dynamic world!

WLCI is a professional organisation that provides fashion designing courses, business management courses, graphic designing courses and mass communication courses in India. Enrol in innovative programs of WLCI and be a part of curriculum that offers lucrative internships.

JUTE-SILK – Big or Bland?

“Jute-silk” is a new range of textile in the market; a beautiful blend of 60% silk and 40% organic jute material. The cloth of this material is woven gently by hand by craftsmen and then it is fashioned by stylists to make bold and fresh designs.

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 The founders of this product belong to a firm named Har.yarn.v. Founded in 2015, and established in Gurgaon, the firm produces fashionable and unique designs of clothes for modern Indian women. In order to make this fabric, the Jute is first stripped from the plant and scrapped to remove the extraneous fibers and then, it is treated with chemicals to bring smoothness and softness to the material. The core jute fabric properties such as its strength, coarseness, roughness and thickness make it a great raw material for sarees, sacks, ropes and so on, while the blended jute fabrics (combined with either silk or cotton) are usually used to manufacture garments and accessories for people. 

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 Merchants from Ballabgadh are hired to head the manufacturing of jute-silk cloth work by hand, and then, they contact designers to complete the rest of their designs. The company displays its latest products at the Dastkar Nature Bazaar each year in an attempt to increase the sales and get a foothold in the market. The company tries to showcase new and interesting designs each year. 

Ravi, the regional manager claims “this jute-silk blend is a new breakthrough in the textile industry for the use of making clothes.” When enquired on whether the garment would be uncomfortable to wear due to the harsh jute content, Ravi replied: “There are many types of jute fabrics used in the fashion world. Pure, untreated jute is rarely used and if used, it is typically covered with some other type of cloth to make it more comfortable for the skin. The garment is thin and hence, the silk over shadows any discomfort that jute may cause, the fabric is light and comfortable to wear as well.”

Whatever might be the variety of jute, it has a distinctive golden sheen which is why it is called the ‘golden fabric’. The jute-silk garment has an appealing and distinctive look, this kind of fabric still retains the interesting golden aesthetic element of jute but has a softer feel which is why it is used to manufacture all types of stylish and affordable daily wears such as kurtas, kurtis, salwar kameez and kurta pyjamas.

Blended jute fabrics are also used as a raw material for formal garments such as sarees and dresses, though; these apparels will tend to be a bit more colorful in their look. The most favored technique for decorating this fabric is printing, because too many heavy embellishments will not suit the homespun, earthy vibe of jute. Printed jute fabric comes with many types of western as well as ethnic motifs and designs neatly prepared in vibrant colors like red, orange, blue, pink, purple and green. Har.yarn.v has achieved success in bringing the unbridled Indian look to its fashion. However, the question that still stands intact is that will the new experiment succeed to get a foothold in the market or it will lag behind in the fashion trend race? Well, time will tell the answer!

Written and photographed by Akanksha Soni.

How Road To Runway brought my dream to life!

When Road to Runway, a competition organised by WLCI was announced, I felt every emotion – ranging from anxiety to excitement. It was a platform that gave us a chance to show our talent and bring out the best in ourselves! The RTR competition demanded us to create a trend board in order to articulate the trend perspective and ideas while including certain elements that were provided to us as pre-requisite instructions. I was quite impressed with the idea of creating something new and innovative. I researched a lot on the topic and came up with the best that I could.

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I was extremely glad when my idea was appreciated by the mentors at WLC College India and the Director himself. And when the results were announced, my happiness knew no bounds as I was going to Mumbai to attend the biggest fashion event in the country, Lakme Fashion Week!

Lakme Fashion Week is every aspiring fashion designer’s paradise. From getting inspired by the works of renowned fashion designers to interacting with peer group, the event had everything that can make you dream big. I was fortunate enough to witness, first hand, the hard work, organization and meticulous planning that these celebrity designers put into their work. This was indeed inspiring. Witnessing Lakme Fashion Week was an opportunity to come face-to-face with some renowned designers; an opportunity inspiring and encouraging to a great extent.

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The theme of the attire for all the participants was predefined and it was in tones of Khadi and Checks. I was in a real dilemma what to wear, but, after juggling for some time, I decided to go for the traditional Khadi silk coat with Aari work. After all, I was to represent my State as well. It has always been my priority to be able to reflect my ethnic background and cultural peculiarities in my apparel. 

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The two shows that I attended were by Divya Seth and Payal Singhal. I can never forget to mention how keenly I was looking at their creations. In a nutshell, I was honored to see all that, first hand.

All the experience and opportunities wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t come to WLCI. The college has not only educated me in the fashion field, but has also provided me with great opportunities and helped me grow. I’m extremely grateful to all the faculty members of WLC College India and the team for their relentless efforts in creating our careers.

I have already planned and vowed to make my dream a reality now and with WLCI, the path is really easy. I’ll work hard to one day showcase my work at the Lakme Fashion Week!

Iqra Ahmed

How short term courses provide long term benefits?

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“Change is the only constant in life.” – Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. The quote has been valid in all spheres of life and especially in the professional world. Most of the times, the degree field of the job role is not in alignment with the degree pursued. Training is provided by the organization but to stand out, the training is not enough. Short term courses come to the rescue at this point of time. One can take these courses at any age and they provide information concentrated around one topic. The precise information sets the individual apart and gives him/her an edge over the others.

Here’s why you should go for a short-term course:

  • Depth of the topic – In full time degree courses, you have the whole syllabus to cover and the syllabus usually has plethora of topics. There is no time left to gain the knowledge in depth of one particular topic. In short term courses, the focus is on a single topic. For example, if you are pursuing a short term graphic design course, all the software and tactics of the field can be learnt in short period of time.
  • Less investment – Long term courses demand huge investment both in terms of money and time. Three to four years are required to complete the course and the fees is usually high, while short term courses provide more benefits with less capital investment in a short period of time.
  • Supports Hobbies – After entering the professional world, a lot of professionals have the urge to develop professional skill-set in their hobbies. Short term courses support the concept of ‘better late than never’. You can evolve in the field that is close to your heart at any point of time with a short term course in that particular field. For example, an engineering professional can take up a short term fashion designing course and step into the fashion industry.
  • Networking – Short term courses encourages networking for professionals who have similar interests. For further opportunities and for knowledge transfer, these connections can be used. It is generally interesting to converse with people who share same level of passion for same topic or interest.
  • Enhances creativity – If a person is in a creative field wants to enter it, a short term course can be a booster. New and fresh ideas hold an undeniable importance in creative fields and opinion of people with similar interest can add to ideas. With a short term course, the person also updates himself or herself with latest tools and technologies.

WLCI is an institution that provides short term courses in the field of fashion, media, business and graphic designing. Lean, stay young and discover the endless possibilities with one of the best institutions of India.

3 ‘mantras’ for handling work and studies together efficiently

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Whether you are a college student trying to manage your tuition fee or an employee seeking a career change, managing work and studies can become a tedious task. As a matter of fact, a lot of people back out because of the dedication required by the combination. But, thousands of students and professionals have also proved it to be a simple task.

While pursuing short term courses such as a short term course in graphic designing or short term business management courses, the balance of work and studies can play a major role in deciding the success of the course.

The most important ingredient in this recipe is discipline. However, apart from discipline a lot of other factors also contribute. Here, we bring you three mantras that will take you through the journey of this combination smoothly.

1)    Time management and setting priorities – At least once in a lifetime, a phase comes when you have to prioritize your life. Adopting a combination of work and study is one of those phases. 24 hours is not enough to complete every activity you want to and hence, priorities have to be there with precise time management. The first step could be completing the office work before time and leaving for home as early as possible so that you can devote the time to studies. Second step could be cutting down on Friday outings and dedicating the same time to learning something that helps with the work or with studies. The priority may vary with the individual and course but what’s important is that you stick to it once decided.

2)    To stay on top, plan smartly – Once you are acquainted with the work schedule and chapter targets, start setting small goals weekly, and then monthly. These goals will give you inspiration and the time management will improve because of the motivation that comes after completion of goals. Even though achieving the goals is a necessity, you should remember that you have to be fresh for work every day and that’s where smart planning will come to your rescue.

3)    Once in a while, don’t forget to take a break – While preparing a schedule for the combination of work and studies, don’t forget to include small breaks for refreshment. While fighting with busy lives, most of times you will feel tired and will wish to quit, give yourself some time to relax at this point. Keep aside a small amount of time, such as half an hour for relaxation each day. You will notice that the mind works better and the efficiency of body is higher after the break.

To sum up, it is evident that it’s not easy to manage both work and studies with efficiency but it is not impossible too. Once you have decided that you want to take up both at the same time, there will be a whole new meaning of time and management. A good schedule, proper time management and love for what you do are enough to make it work!

7 tips to ace the entrance examinations

‘All work and no play, makes jack a dull boy’, similarly, all inputs and studies without any strategy can let your hard work go to waste. Apart from proper focus and clarity of thought, metal and physical fitness is also important to ace any entrance exam. For entrance examinations such as AICET that provides admission into graphic design courses, fashion designing courses, business management courses and journalism and mass communication courses, the preparation is not as easy as it seems.

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Now that AICET is approaching and catering to the fact that it is one of the toughest examinations in India, we bring you some tips that will take you through. Follow these and give yourself the best chance.

1)    Organizing the study space – The study space should be such that keeps all the distractions away. Phone, sleep and computer games shall have no scope of coming in your way.

2)    Take a proper diet – The habit of not eating while studying is quite prevalent amongst students in the current scenario. But the truth is, not only eating but eating the correct things and in correct amount and on right time is the key to maintaining the balance for success. By correct diet, we mean include right amount of proteins, carbs and fats in the diet. Eat lots of vegetables and salad. Never skip your breakfast!

3)    Keep time for revision – Set a date, mark it on your calendar, phone or stick a note to your table. Plan your mind and schedule in such a way that there is enough time left for revision. It is better to have learnt less and remember all of it than to study everything and remember half of it.

4)    Schedule your subjects smartly – Whenever you start schedule of the day, start with the most difficult subject. The mind is fresh and the concentration is at par in the beginning. Do not align one difficult subject after another as it will drain out all the energy at once. Keep the simpler subjects for lazy hours. Always remember, smart work is the key to success.

5)    Prefer short study sessions over long strenuous sessions – The mind has the ability to perform better and efficiently when it is stressed for less amount of time. A study has also confirmed that the brain absorbs information automatically without any efforts while it is on a break. Preferably, while studying specific information such as dates and time, study not more than 20 to 30 minutes.

6)    Neat handwriting and presentation – However, this point is invalid for OMR based examinations but with them too, the habit helps in saving the space for calculations. With subjective examinations, presentation can impress the invigilator and lead to less deduction of marks.

7)    Stay hydrated – A lot of studies have confirmed that dehydration leads to inefficient mind. Keep a water bottle handy, it is one of the most important steps to score well!

If you keep a hold on right strategy and focus while including the above habits in your learning schedule throughout the preparation, success is bound to be with you. Keep on working hard and have confidence!

We wish you all the best for exams!

Entrance Test (AICET) 2016 – Fashion Design, Media and Graphic Design

The WLCI Creative School All India Combined Entrance Test (AICET), applications are invited for the following programs for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

Important Dates

  • Date of Written Test: 26th June 2016

How to Apply

The WLCI Creative School offers programs for undergraduate and graduate students. These programs are designed to build a wide range of competencies, which enable students to join the creative field of their choice and develop into a well-rounded professional

WLCI Creative School aims to develop professional expertise and aesthetic aptitude in students to become successful professionals in their respective creative fields Application invited for the following course.

  • Fashion Technology
  • Advertising & Graphic Design
  • Media & Mass Communication

Examination Cities

The entrance test – AICET for all UG and PG Programs of WLCI will be conducted on 8th May 2016 in 31 cities at:

Ahmedabad; Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore,Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Kathmandu (Nepal),Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Surat, Vadodara, Vishakhapatnam, Shillong,Srinagar (J&K), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Colombo (Sri lanka) and Dubai (UAE)

For more details, please visit http://admissions.wlci.in

Advantages Of Fashion Technology

Technology is making things advanced and is making the world smaller. The world has become techno-savvy and it is not a breaking news. Technology is taking hold of every industry and every industry is taking advantage of technology for its betterment then why should fashion industry be left behind? With the help of technology;

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- Better fabric would be developed which will improve the quality and increase the trust of the customers and the end-users as well.

- Technology today helps to connect to the furthest corner of the world which not only helps to market the services which can be offered but also helps to organize activities such as fashion shows, launch events, charity shows and the list goes on.

- Printing & designing are two important aspects which are now to a large extent taken care of by fashion technology.

- Merchandising of various textiles too is handled below the umbrella of fashion technology.

- Future needs are also to be analyzed to understand the changes in the customer taste and requirements which is done by conducting market researches and this also helps to understand the changing trends in the fashion industry.

WLCI plays an important role at the first step by making students aware of the use of technology in the fashion industry. Following this is the hands on training which is important for the trainees to know in order to implement their learning. WLCI also understand that fashion is not only about the clothes hence required knowledge is provided related to garments, accessories, footwear as a perfect combination of all of these brings out a perfect outcome which is welcomed with open hands. If you have a mind with technical bent and have the basic fashion sense then fashion technology is the apt choice of career and WLCI College is the right place for you.