The Indian fashion domain is as monumental and chivalric as the nation’s demography, and is looked upon as one of the most influential podiums for global industry. And my fashion forecast withstands valid reasons then India will soon rub shoulders with Paris, Milan, New York and London. As a tribute to grandiosity of Indian fashion domain, I offer you top 10 fashion shows in India that are gushing out nothing but beauty and brilliance.
The credit for this sumptuous victory indeed goes to the Indian fashion designers, who are the forerunners to have shaped India as the melting pot for global fashion industry.
As FashionLady is celebrating India’s glorious transformation from a demure damsel into an impelling dark horse, let’s go through the list of top 10 fashion events that are taking place across India!
1. Lakme Fashion Week
Did you know Lakme Fashion Week is the first fashion show to have taken place in India?
LFW, which is organized in Mumbai, is a bi-annual Indian fashion event. The first show – Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort takes place in February and the second event Lakme Fashion Week Winter Event takes place in August.
The most prominent of all the top 10 fashion shows of India, LFW is controlled by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and sponsored by Lakme.
India enjoyed their first ever fashion show back in August 1999 at Delhi, Taj Palace. Since it was the first national event, country’s leading designers had geared up for the show.
Around 33 designers including Rana Gill, Ritu Beri, Monisha Jaising, Anamika Khanna, Tarun Tahiliani, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Malini Ramani, Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Ashish Soni to name a few had participated to showcase their creations at national level.
Ranna Gill was the first designer to open the show with her Fall 2000 collections, which was then followed by Gudda’s (Rohit Bal) winter line for men, Ritu Beri’s shimmering numbers, Monisha Jaising’s mirror works and bridal trousseau by Anamika Khanna.
Today the LFW is the most popular Indian fashion event, thanks to the designers like Manish Malhotra, Vikram Phadnis, Sabysachi Mukherjee and Rocky S to name a few, who have effortlessly managed to bring Bollywood and fashion on a single runway.
2. Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week had celebrated their 23rd edition in March at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Just like Lakme Fashion Week, WIFW is also a bi-annual event showcasing both summer and winter collections respectively. The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2014 witnessed 118 prominent as well as young designers offering a grand total of 31 shows for the event.
The bi-annual prêt weeks for women’s wear is run by FDCI and is sponsored by Wills Lifestyle and was established a year later in 2000 after LFW.
While the Autumn-Winter is held in March, the month of October celebrates their Spring Summer show.
WIFW is an all-encompassing fashion event, exhibiting works by eminent designers including Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Guari & Nainika, Alpana & Neeraj, Janavi, Nikasha, Joy Mitra and Amit Aggarwal to name a few.
Irrespective of all the controversies such as wardrobe malfunctions, the WIFW is still considered as one of the notable Indian fashion weeks, offering great opportunities to the budding designers.
3. India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW)
India Bridal Fashion Week held both in Mumbai and Delhi, is among the top 4 fashion events being held in the country twice a year. Sponsored by Aamby Valley these days, this bridal fashion event boasts some of the country’s best available trends and designs in bridal couture from leading fashion designers. The most aspired destination for India’s couture lovers and wedding trousseau inspirations, IBFW has also become a favorite event for legacy brands, Bollywood celebrities, socialites and other A-listers.
Through this 5-day grand fashion event, the country’s leading as well as aspiring designers come up with endorsements, collaborations, whilst strengthening network with consumers.
Wedding, which has now become a lifestyle statement for the affluent class, is the integral part of the Indian fashion domain. While the opulent class is ready to spend a fortune in the wedding trousseau, the designers leave no stone unturned in offering them the extravagant creations.
4. Rajasthan Fashion Week
Although the Rajasthan Fashion Week was established in 2012, it has quickly found its place among the top 10 fashion shows in India. The eponymous event of royalty and grandiosity is flanked by doses of glamor and new age elements.
Ever since it has been launched, it’s getting better and bigger with every event. After basking in the success of the first two seasons, the RFW is all geared up to exhibit a grand extravaganza this year.
Rajasthan Fashion Week (RFW) is an extended venture of Starlite Entertainment, Mumbai and not only pays tribute to the native designers but also invites other fashion gurus to showcase their magnificent creations.
RFW is aimed at retaining the aesthetic values of Indian tradition, while coordinating with the new age fashion requisites.
Every year, the Rajasthan Fashion Week showcases shows by Charu Parashar, Himmat Singh, Kavita Bhartia, Kirti Rathore, Lina Tipnis, Neeta Lulla, Pam Mehta, Payal Jain, Ritu Kumar, Rohit & Abhishek, Vikram Phadnis and Shaahid Amir.
5. Van Heusen India Men’s Week
Fashion Design Council of India sponsors three major fashion events in the country every year and they are as follows –
- Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week – The bi-annual prêt weeks for womenswear
- Van Heusen India Men’s Week – A week for men’s fashion
- Synergy 1 Delhi Couture Week – The annual platform for couture
It’s not that Indian fashion is only for the lovely ladies, but it’s the gentleman’s game as well.
Securing India’s position as the world’s 4th fashion capital for menwear, FDCI launched the much awaited first ever men’s fashion show in 2009 with the Van Heusen India Mens Week.
This 4 year-old men’s fashion event showcases the best of Indian designer talent in menswear.
For four years now, the Van Heusen India Men’s Week has been offering us an excellent show of creativity and élan from the likes of Rajesh Pratap Singh and Raghvendra Rathore, who are the pioneer in taking the Indian menswear to a whole new level.
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This particular India’s mens fashion has earned recognition in offering a grand scale platform of cutting edge impulses that define India’s growing market for menswear. The men’s fashion is slowly taking over a large percentage of branded merchandise sales in the nation and with such male-oriented fashion shows; the market is just flourishing at great pace.
6. Synergy 1 Delhi Couture Week
Here is an excerpt from the Indian Express journal on Synergy 1 Delhi Couture Week,
“There are few things that steal your breath like an unabashed, insane passion for fashion. And very few people in this country are privy into the magical world of Synergy 1 Delhi Couture Week a place where the country’s top-notch designers congregate to do what they do to its penultimate potential.”
The couture culture, which was introduced to India by fashion connoisseurs like Tarun Tahiliani and Ritu Kumar, has become the most sought after luxury element today. This longest standing Indian convention was revamped after the boutique culture was introduced with Ensemble.
While the world had already admired and appreciated the French couture through the works of John Galliano from Christian Dior; India got its own couture king in Tarun Tahiliani.
FDCI-organized Synergy 1 Delhi Couture Week is a tribute to Indian couture, where giants like Ritu Beri, Varun Bahl, JJ Valaya, Tarun Tahiliani and Feroze Gujral create the same impact liberated by Dior, Gucci, Valentino and Givenchy.
Powered by Aircel, this 4-day fashion event highlights the finest elements of the Indian fashion along-with inspirations from overseas at the fabled couture city of Delhi. However, the essence of this show has always been royalty that is assimilated with magnificence, fantasies and imperial craftsmanship.
If we ignore the few glitches like too much of commercialism or disconnected elements on the runway; the Synergy 1 Delhi Couture Week comes out as one of the high end fashion weeks in India. And its elite list of guests that includes Kalyani Saha of Christian Dior, Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Louis Vuitton, Feroze Gujral, Simmar Duggal and even Shahnaz Hussain and not to mention Bollywood sirens, the event becomes much more glamorous and charismatic.
7. Bangalore Fashion Week
BFW is another bi-annual fashion event that is held every year in the IT capital of India. Established in 2009, this fashion was conceived on the concept of festive platform for Indian designers.
The BFW enables maximum exposure to buyers, and media to connect with the Indian fashion domain. On the other hand, the budding designers are offered a noticeable debut, thereby strengthening their foot in Indian fashion industry. The BFW also organized world tour to showcase India’s craftsmanship, of which the 1st international event took place in Bangkok in 2013 followed by Dubai in the same year.
8. North India Fashion Week
Apart from the prominent events, the start ups also have their share of success. The North India Fashion Week is a fresh venture launched with the philosophy of concept to commissioning.
The NIFW operates in the commercial verticals of retail, exposure and consultancy for aspiring designers and enthusiastic fashion-forwards alike.
As the name suggests, this particular fashion event aims at showcasing the best talent and rich craftsmanship from North India at different parts of India including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta and parts of Uttar Pradesh.
The fashion event also claims to offer a ‘one stop solution’ in fashion, events and lifestyle space through their in-depth talent and market-driven strategy.
9. Indore Fashion Week
Powered by Blenders Pride, the Indore Fashion Week is another au courant event taking place every year in Indore. This premier fashion week is controlled by Storm Fashion Company and exhibits shows by giants like Rocky S, Jatinn Kochhar, Riyaz Ganji, Poonam Vora and Sanjana Jon.
Apart from showcasing Madhya Pradesh’s handwork including Begham and Anarkali Collection, the event also displays western and bridal trousseau.
The Indore Fashion week 2014 was held in March, displaying a robust line-up from 9 eminent designers.
10. Hyderabad Fashion Week
The Hyderabad Fashion Week is the brainchild of SAS Media Pvt. Ltd. The show is run in partnership with Marvel Events. The top designers of HFW include Neeta Lulla, Sanjeet Anand, Pria Kataria Puri, Abdul Halder, Swapnil Shinde, Jatin Varma, Kiran and Meghna, Koushik Ghosh & Sajda Rehmani, Arshad and Sonia.
So those were the top 10 fashion shows in India that are increasing the visibility for Indian fashion at the International level.