Lakme India Fashion Week 2002

The Lakme India Fashion Week was a great success which featured basically the PrÍt-a-Porter (ready-to-wear) and iffusion (a line between ready-to-wear and couture/bridal) collections of 53 designers whose creations were brought into life by 48 leading Indian models. The arresting and wonderful creations of the designers need the best of modeling talent to present them which has culminated into a success story at the Lakme India Fashion week 2002. Fashion industry, with a spectacular gala to launch the JJ Valaya Fall / Winter 2002-03 Couture collection (September 8, 2002 at the Le Meridien, Delhi and on September 14 at the Taj, Mumbai).

In its third consecutive year, the Lakme India Fashion Week 2002 was held from August 2nd-8th, 2002 at the Taj Palace Convention Centre in New Delhi. The collections were showcased through seven days of frenzied solo, two-designer or three-designer acts. A schedule of 35 shows were interspersed with interactive seminars and workshops on the 'Business of Fashion', make-up, style trends, hair, grooming and other fashion related topics. With five shows daily - at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. - the seven-day event culminated in the Lakme Grand Finale.

Top designers like JJ Valaya, Ritu Kumar, Rocky S, Aaliya & Arshiya Fakih, Abhishek Gupta, Anamika Khanna, Anita Dongre, Anjana Bhargav, Anju Modi, Anshu Arora Sen, Jattinn Kochhar, Manish Arora, Manju & Bobby Grover, Meera & Muzaffar Ali, Niki Mahajan, Payal Jain, Poonam Bhagat, Priyadarshini Rao, Ranna Gill, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Suneet Varma and others participated in the Fashion Week.

While the models participating at the fashion week were Sheetal Mallar, Aditi Gowitrikar, Jesse Randhawa, Viveka Babajee, Nethra Raghuraman, Tapur Chaterjee, Diandra Soares, Shivani Kapoor, Bhawna Sharma, Sampada Inamdar, Tinu Verghese, Michelle Innes, Ayesha Prem, Poonam Nath, Shruti Sharma, Udita Gosawami, Fleur Xavier, Nina Manuel, Vidisha Pavate, Yana Gupta, Tupur Chaterjee, Kiran Rao, Shonali Rosario, Joey Matthews, Sapna Kumar, Indrani Dasgupta, Laxmi Rana, Vandana Saras, Tina Chatwal, Neha Dhupia, Shrishti, Bhavna Singh, Rahul Dev, Inder Mohan, Zulfi Sayeed, Rajiv Singh, Tarun Arora, Ajay Balhara, Rajat Raina, Aditya Bal, Vijay Balhara, Praveen Sirohi, Niketan Madhok, Shawar Ali, Vishal Singh, Rajat Chanderlal, David Gaden and Rahul Bhasin..

"The modelling talent at this year's mega fashion showing," said FDCI Executive Director, Vinod Kaul, "matches the mix of the designers' showing. Many are well-known names and for others it's a launching pad towards fame. However, both are equally professional and gifted, and we at FDCI would like to acknowledge the hard work they will put into the week ahead and bring attention to our designers creations."

Introduction: Top-notch professionals in the fashion industry came together in December 1998 to form the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), with the key objective of fostering the growth of the entire fashion industry in India and internationally. Under the aegis of the Textile Ministry and in close working relationship with institutions like NIFT, FDCI provides a platform for designers, encourages investments and professional input in design labels. It helps bolster the growth of the designer ready-to-wear lines by developing the entire fashion supply chain through backward linkages with suppliers, mills and others, as well as forward linkages with the retail and distribution networks. The Council's primary objective is to provide a cohesive platform for Indian designers and act as the mouthpiece of the industry at all relevant platforms, in a bid to promote Indian fashion-both at home and abroad. Its support for according corporate status to the fashion business in India is paralleled by its efforts to consolidate the Indian fashion industry's position in the global marketplace.



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