Fashion Designer Gaurang Opens High-end Couture Store


Inspired by ancient Indian art of Jamdani weaves Award Winning Designer Gaurang Shah opened his newest Hi-end couture store in upmarket Jubilee Hills in city today. The store is set in a unique leisure ambience where customers can engage, interact and shop in calmness. Label Gaurang has become one of the most wanted and sought after brand by celebrities, high end fashion society from across the globe.

Gaurang’s store will showcase ‘ready to wear and practical’ fashion clothing lines across womenswear, accessories with approximately 100 new contemporary, traditional and bridal, Indo-western wear completely hand woven inspired by ancient southern, eastern, western and northern Indian heritage like kanjeevarams instilled with classic kalamkaris and zardozi crafted by master weavers and embroiders and styled by vibrant fashion stylists guided by Gaurang.

For instance the jamdani weaves with flowers, leaves and birds in his creations have a varying tonal quality with the colours gradually moving from pastels to darker tones through the breadth of the sari. The three-shuttle technique he uses bring different colours in each border.

The designer uses fine khadi of 80 to 100 counts to make his fabric malleable. His Khadi collection is far from simple and predictable. He uses vibrant floral blooms, birds, butterflies and foliage themes. And none of these are prints. Each pattern is meticulously woven, in a combination of colours.

This is his first own label store branded as Gaurang in India showcasing what ancient India can offer to the world of “High fashion”. Gaurang hopes to expand his label stores presence in other metro cities in the next 2 to 3 years. Gaurang Designer store features a rustic, traditional look reminiscent of the Old and New India famous for its textile craftsmanship. Interestingly the store look is Gaurang’s own idea. His store will also feature unique works of paintings and ethnic home décor products.

I have realized a dream to do what I love most and create what a woman likes to wear, hand-woven sarees in Khadi, Silks and Cotton, and even better, creating jobs for Indian handloom weavers and weaving the wonderful fabrics in a traditional way Gaurang said. Designer Gaurang held a preview of his newest collections to an array of celebrity guests in Road No. 36 Jubilee Hills.

The store promises something exquisite for a very exquisite clientele which include a range of kanjeevarams, khadi, kota, organza, uppada saris and in outfits Anarkalis, Ghagras, Short Kurtas, straight cut suits and western dress and gowns.

A lot of Indians and International clientele swing by appreciating the quality of the hand-woven sarees and dresses in colours of whites, black and vibrant bright colors that are more classical – and more exquisite. The collection starts at Rs.8,000 and can go up to hundreds of thousands.

“I wanted to create a weavers and art enthusiast’s universe, go back to the traditions of womenswear that women wore years ago with a touch of modernity.” Presently, the focus is on brides as the wedding season is on. The store has graceful sarees and blouses to make brides look like a princess. Gaurang said. Gaurang nature inspired store, besides sarees, will have uniquely woven anarkalis, ghagras, shawls, stoles changing each season linked to fashion and its ever changing moods.

Fashion Design Student Named for Emerging Leader Award


Stephanie Butta, a fifth-semester student majoring in Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), has been named a recipient of the first SUNY Emerging Leader Awards. The news was announced by State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

The SUNY Emerging Leader Awards acknowledge students who have best demonstrated significant leadership on campus and within their community. Butta received her honor in the Entrepreneurial Century category, an integral part of the Power of SUNY program, which has been designed to foster ideas and actions that improve the lives of New York State residents.

In addition to her studies, Butta is a student ambassador/aide in FIT’s Student Life department and president of the Merchandising Society, FIT’s largest club. Her entrepreneurial endeavors include arranging for associates from Macy’s to address the student body.

Butta earned her AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management from FIT in 2011, and is currently working toward a BS degree in the same major, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2013. Butta, an Old Bridge, NJ, native, holds a 3.62 grade point average.

The Emerging Leader Awards have recognized 17 students from 14 SUNY campuses in its inaugural year. The recipients were selected for bolstering the Power of SUNY’s strategic efforts in six areas: Seamless Education Pipeline, Healthier New York, Energy-Smart New York, Vibrant Community, the World, and Entrepreneurial Century. To be eligible for the award, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and have been nominated on their campuses.

“We are proud to offer this new award, which recognizes SUNY students who have proven to be leaders in the areas that SUNY has identified as the driving tenets of its own strategic plan,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Our first group of emerging leaders has set the bar high for future honorees: decreasing campus energy use, promoting a charitable blood drive, and even helping usher local students through the GED and community college enrollment processes. Congratulations to all of our emerging leaders.”

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe.

FIT is a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology, with a wide range of programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries.

Face of Fashion4Africa Gambia 2012 begins in Senegambia


Face of Fashion4Africa Gambia 2012, an international modelling competition that aims to bring young boys and girls of Africa to the forefront of glitz and glamour industry, is set to begin with a spectacular showcase of aspiring models strutting down the runway clad in fantastic apparel creations by a range of African fashion designers.

 Organized by the Face of Fashion4Africa founder Anna Njie in the Senegambia Confederation, the event will showcase garment collections from Nigeria-based ethnic brand Asake (Asakeoge Designs), which specializes in bright, bold and vibrant clothing for fashion forward African ladies and gentlemen.

UK-based and Nigeria born designer Grace Iwobi would feature the latest creations from his label Uchenna London. The designer is known for combining African, Asian and European ethos in his designs.

Congolese born, Marie-Chance Gallimoni will present her desert climate inspired second collection titled ‘rising strength’ from her clothing line Chancie Style at the event.

Other designers like Maureen Amooti from Moryn Designs, Racheal Kisti and Dzaina Designs’ owner Zaina Ahmed will also present their eclectic creations at the event.

Along with a number of catwalk shows and exposure to the world class modelling platform, the winner amongst the participating 10 boys and 15 girls will play an ambassadorial role as a representative of African beauty throughout Africa and beyond.

The winner would also get an opportunity to catwalk at the prestigious London Fashion week 2013.

Montreal Fashion Week Announces Partial F/W’13 Program

Groupe%20Sensation%20Mode_logo_119074140461Groupe Sensation Mode has announced the partial program for the fall-winter 2013 edition of Montréal Fashion Week (MFW), taking place February 4 to 7 at the Arsenal. The initial list includes 13 hand-picked designers and more than 30 are expected for the complete F/W 13 program. This international spotlight on creativity is presented in collaboration with P&G Beauty & Grooming and is held twice a year, bringing together industry influencers from across Canada.

The first designers that have registered for MFW fall-winter 2013 to date are: Mélissa Nepton, Harricana, Ralph Leroy, L’autre couture de Luko Marion, RUSH COUTURE by CLAUDETTE FLOYD, Nisse, Pedram Karimi, Matière noire, COKLUCH, Symbiose by Hinda A., Maryline Baril, Jennifer Glasgow Design and Voyou.

The event serves as a launch-pad for designers to showcase their upcoming seasonal collections and is known for its quality program that stands out from other fashion weeks around the world. In addition to runway shows, MFW also presents a series of exhibitions, conferences, artistic performances and fashion films during the four-day event. Carly Stojsic of WGSN will present a conference looking at macro-trends for the 2014 spring-summer season, with others to be announced.

“Our team is very excited about the upcoming edition of MFW,” said Chantal Durivage, co-president and co-founder of Groupe Sensation Mode. “The success of spring-summer 2013 left us inspired and so we have kept the stand-out elements and are working on adding new ones. One of these additions is the creation of a new room for the small collections that will feature a more intimate format, giving the designers a greater level of creative freedom.”

The Target Emerging Designer Award will also make its debut at MFW in Feburary. The five designer finalists will show their creations at a fashion show, with the grand-prize winner announced at the end of the event. The winner will be presented with a $25,000 grant and the opportunity to create an exclusive collection that will be sold at Target stores in Québec.

3.2 km Long Runway & 343 Models Set New Catwalk Record

danishfashionweek_118805140146The last model stepped off the podium of the World’s Greatest Catwalk in Hong Kong, sealing the world record that the Guinness Book of World Records had arrived to register.

With a 3.2 kilometer-long runway and 343 models, the World’s Greatest Catwalk is now officially the greatest catwalk ever recorded with its amount of models. And that’s something to be proud of, because the record-breaking event has spurred a collaboration between Danish Fashion Institute and Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association. The fashion displayed on the runway was, for this reason, from both Denmark and Hong Kong.

A proud Eva Kruse, CEO of Danish Fashion Institute, says: “We had 158 models dressed in Danish fashion on this extraordinarily impressive catwalk today. I was very proud when I saw them walk down the runway with the gorgeous Hong Kong skyline as backdrop. Simply put, it was the best of Danish Fashion presented in the most beautiful of international settings.”

Pia Allerslev, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Culture, who together with the Hong Kong administration’s Financial Secretary opened the catwalk officially, says: “I have been in Hong Kong today to support the creativity and professionalism found in the Danish fashion industry, and the efforts and ambitions of Danish Fashion Institute. Once again, Danish Fashion Institute has managed to give Danish fashion international visibility. That’s something I’d like to commend.”

Pia Allerslev also highlighst the unique thing about the catwalk being the meeting of two cultures: “The physical meeting halfway on the runway between models dressed in Danish fashion and models dressed in fashion from Hong Kong was beautiful and symbolic. It ws a cultural meeting between East and West.”

When the World’s Greatest Catwalk was over and the models counted by the Guinness Book of World Records, the record was officially marked by the presentation of the Guinness diploma to representatives from both Danish Fashion Institute and Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association.

Courtesy of Danish fashion institute

Rihanna Set to Produce Fashion Competition Series on TV


Rihanna, the young singing sensation and style icon, is all set to venture into the world of American reality TV by producing a fashion centric show titled Styled to Rock.

 According to the format of the fashion design competition series, the 24-year-old singer would personally handpick twelve aspiring designers, who would further be assigned with the task of creating outfits for some of the A-list celebrities of the world.

A set of fashion experts would also be enlisted in the show to mentor these wannabe designers to attain their maximum artistic potential.

The ten-hour-long show would be divided into twelve episodes and will be produced in collaboration with the popular Hollywood star Will Smith’s production company Overlook Entertainment.

The series would be aired sometime in next year on the American basic cable and satellite television network the ‘Style Network’.

A different edition of Styled to Rock, which was again executive produced by Rihanna and co-hosted by British artist Nicola Roberts as well as designer Henry Holland, was earlier telecasted on UK network Sky.

Courtesy of News Desk – India

World’s Richest Black Woman has Fashion Designing Roots


Folorunsho Alakija, the West African oil baroness who has been recently termed as the world’s richest black woman, boasts of a strong connection with fashion designing and is a well-known designer in her native country Nigeria.

The fashionista, who has dethroned the American media proprietor Oprah Winfrey from her position of the world’s wealthiest black woman, studied fashion designing from England in the early 1980s.

The 61-year-old tycoon, who owns a fortune worth US$ 3.2 billion, runs a premiere clothing label called ‘Supreme Stitches’, which caters exclusively to Nigeria’s elite clientele.

Considered as one of the pioneers in Nigerian fashion, her designs focus mainly on intricate colourful printed apparels.

Owner of FAMFA Oil Limited, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Folorunsho Alakija holds a respectable position in the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FDAN).

Courtesy: Ventures Africa


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