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NewsX-The Sunday Guardian Hosts Fashion Conclave, Celebrates the Great Indian Fabric

August 6th, 2019, New Delhi, India: In an endeavor to propel dialogue among the fashion think tanks, policymakers, fashion icons and emerging talents and bring them to one common platform, NewsX, India’s leading English news channel by iTV Network, and The Sunday Guardian, India’s Finest Sunday Newspaper today hosts first ever Fashion Conclave at Hotel Taj Palace. 

NewsX-The Sunday Guardian Fashion Conclave celebrates the great Indian fabric and brings together policy makers and stake holders on a platform to discuss Indian fabric, fashion, art & culture. India’s top fashion designers including Ms Rina Dhaka, Ms Ritu Beri, Mr Shantanu Mehra, Mr Rohit Bal, Mr. Gaurav Gupta and Ms Archana Kochhar attended the event. 

The fashion icons discussed about the Indian fabric and the diverse fashion culture across the states, while they also discussed about various opportunities on how the global fashion and luxury brands are racing in large numbers to influx the Indian market and tap into the potential aspirational millennial Indian customer. 

While the discussion happened on the fashion and fabric during the conclave, there were series of dazzling fashion shows by the Silk Board, KVIC, TRIFED and UPKVIB showcasing the talent of Indian craftsmen, during the show Indian and international models walked the ramp for various Indian designers.

In an interesting session on Gandhi, Khadi and Fashion, attended by renowned fashion designer Ms Ritu Beri and Mr Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairperson, KVIC, discussed about the importance of Khadi in Indian fashion culture, while discussing Mr Saxena said “PM Modi is the real brand ambassador of Khadi, he is the second person after Mahatma Gandhi, who promoted Khadi across the globe.” While Ms Ritu Beri said “Every Indian should wear Khadi, my job is to design Khadi in such a way that makes it a fashionable fabric and make it trending amongst the youth.”

In another session on Celebrating Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb, Film Maker and Designer, Mr. Muzaffar Ali and Ms. Meera Ali discussed on how Bollywood and fashion are connected and how Indian fashion culture have evolved. Meera Ali said on her House of Kotwara fashion label “I had grown up watching Chikankari work outfits in my mother's closets in 1990s and then it disappeared. When we started, it was on a clean slate.” While Muzaffar Ali said “Bollywood has a long way to go in terms of couture.” When asked on the Bollywood fashion culture.

In another discussion, Designer Shantanu Mishra talks about men fashion and how it has evolved over the years while decoding wedding trends.

NewsX-The Sunday Guardian Fashion Conclave holds some important issues of the fashion industry which were discussed between renowned fashion designers, Ms Anju Modi, Ms Archana Kochhar, and Mr Gaurav Gupta. The panel on Masters of The Craft session open up about their journey in the Indian Fashion Industry. While speaking during the session, Archana Kocchar, said “Indian designers have come a long way globally, we are evolving but I am sure, the next Louis Vuitton Brand will come from India.” 

There was an interesting session on the fashion takes from the valley with Fashion Designer, Mr Rohit Bal and Ms Hina Bhatt, Vice Chairperson North Zone Khadi village industries. During the session, Ms Hina Bhatt spoke about the importance of Khadi fabric, she said “Khaadi Means Freedom. It is not just a white cloth worn by politicians, it is much more than that. Our fashion designers should take Khaadi to a new height.” While, Mr. Rohit Bal said “Khadi is the fabric of Independent India. It is an emotion. Unfortunately, it has not been marketed enough.” 

There was an exclusive discussion with Mr. Satish Mahana, Honorable Industries Minister, Uttar Pradesh, he spoke about the demand of Khaadi, and he said“There is a rising demand for Khadi bridal wear. We are planning to open Khadi stores in Lucknow and Western UP.” 

There was an interesting session on Polo & Fashion. The panel discussed how Polo and Fashion complement each other and how the game is evolving in India. The panel also discussed various aspects of the game and the launch of India Arena Polo League in India which will help promoting promotional Polo in India, while speaking, Col Tarun Sirohi (Retd) said “India Arena Polo League is an exciting blend of professional Polo and Fashion. I found a perfect synergy with Kartikeya Sharma and we came up with India Arena Polo League.” Mr. Pranav Kapur, Player, Indian Polo Team says “It's never too late to start playing polo, I started when I was 18. India Arena Polo League will definitely boost the Polo viewership in India.” During the discussion on the mix of style, fashion and Polo, Ms Monica Saxena, Captain, Indian women's Polo Team said, “I feel the most stylish Polo Player is HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur.”While, Ms Charu Prashar “Everybody wants to look fashionable and Polo is the perfect game for promoting fashion. To look stylish while watching a Polo Match, women should wear Long dress or a Kaftan and carry it off with sun glasses, a Hat and wedges.”

The conclave was attended by fashion icons, policymakers, entrepreneurs, corporates and experts who acknowledged the challenges and opportunities and lauded efforts that positively affects the fashion industry and the millions of consumers it serves. 

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