IFFD’S India Runway Week: Spring Summer 2018 Highlights from Day 2

Few days back, I attended this amazing event in Delhi.

  • Second Day was dedicated to social message on the ramp, Laxmi Agarwal an Indian campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks walked the ramp for Designer Akassh K Aggarwal. 
  • Few old designers from fashion fraternity and newgen designers showcased their collection on Day 2.


At Day 2 of India Runway Week’s summer/spring 2018 edition, standout collections by designers Shravan Kumar Ramaswamy, Akassh K Aggarwal, Banka Silk and few Newgen designers made their way to the runway.

Here are the highlights from Day 2 that you shouldn’t miss:

Day 2 was opened by 5 newgen designer’s show. Label Arkya by Ankita Yadav showcased “SEHAR”.  Arkya’s Spring-Summer Collection 2018 titled “SEHAR” is inspired by the first ray of sunshine bouncing off the fresh green grass, the happy sunflowers dancing, the dew on the fences and the subtle blue skies are food for designer’s inspiration.  Sehar unleashes a colourful line of subdued hues like sage, olive green, blush pink, mustard yellow, and aqua blue reflecting the beauties of nature in all its colours & forms. The empowering and calming effect of nature on the soul is reflected in all the garments. There are vibrancy and playfulness in floral patterns hinting conventionality. 

Istuti and Vivek’s collection aims to give you the natural comfort and ease, where ever you go. The collection enhance one’s personality for various occasions, giving the feel home comfort. Designer believes in creating their trends by following nature. Their collection is the expression of love for mother nature and a step towards saving the planet Earth by infusing natural fabrics, which are scientifically proven best friends for human body.They presented latest styling trends, and beautiful silhouettes with natural fabrics. Their collection has many different cuts and drapes for various purposes. They have created stunning silhouettes by blending western influence on Eastern drapes. Sidh by Udayan Dalmia presented a fashion label that focuses on minimalistic Chic designs and utility while keeping sustainability in mind. The spring summer 2018 collection is fully made in natural dyes and organic cotton, keep the waste to minimum. Sidh is blend of craftsmanship and technology, a blend of depth and modernity. Sidh specialises in dyeing the fabrics in natural dyes (such as Lac, ratanjot, sappanwood, madder, catechu, indigo). Collection caters to both western and ethnic sensibilities.  Sunidhi Garodia’s collection was based on the theme “ IRO of life”. IRO is basically a Japanese word which means color and the whole collection is inspired by the different colors and the meaning that each individual takes from it to their life. It’s rightly said-“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” And so does the collection reflect the happiness, the joy, the darks of colors and what it reflects into our lives. Shefali Dhaka Sirohi- The Spring/Summer’18 collection is inspired by the pendulums. The silhouettes are asymmetric balances. Panelling and pleating techniques have been used at frictionless points to create equilibrium between the asymmetry. The drapes move over the body in cowls like the pendulums do. The embroidery motives are imbalanced triangular pieces hung on balanced wires. Rich Silks, chanderi weaves, Organzas and Chiffons are used which signify the two extremes of the pendulum. With their different flows coming together; they create a perfect imbalanced balance. 


Rig- Utility Clothing RIG showcased a brave new world of fashion at the India Runway Week 2018. The brand carries a philosophy of travelling to unexplored territories not just in the physical realm but through an individual’s imagination, as well. People often harbor dreams and desires that are a departure from their routine lives. There is a latent explorer in everyone waiting to be unleashed. Even though they might not take off on an expedition, subconsciously they wish to be pushed to participate passionately in their lives.


Saaj by Ankita’s collection brings forth the importance of ‘innovating the future, through design conceptualisation’ as each ensemble represents crucial fragments of design, gently unfolding a layered narration that speaks of the story of the ensemble. The collection celebrates the ‘coming alive of the modern era’, through the rhapsody of colors, that gently transcend into harmonious symmetries of vintage floral patterns in pinks, gold’s, gorgeous greens and yellows made of beautiful silk embroideries and futuristic cuts, that synchronise to fill the void for a vintage-contemporary bridal space. Through the layout of bold chrysanthemum flower motifs, cutting edge patterns, carefully deconstructed vibrant hues and vintage wall art inspired embroideries in luxurious silk thread; the surface topography of each ensemble vibrates opulent extravagance and highlights the subtle blend of different weaves.

Hyderabad designer Shravan Kummar showcased textiles of sunrise state Andhra Pradesh. His collection is organically dyed and all handmade. Shravan will be having master weavers from Hyderabad as his showstoppers.

ABOUT: India Runway Week

India Runway Week is Asia’s youngest fashion trade event. Each season of the much-awaited IRW introduce new talent and places young Indian designers firmly on the global fashion stage. IRW provides a platform for both established and upcoming talented designers but also introduce fresh designers to showcase their collections. This gives them excellent business opportunities from both bulk and retail buyers. In

Addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas and networking interactions between designers, buyers and affiliates, the event provides an enriching experience for everyone.

About Indian Federation for Fashion Development: IFFD provides the opportunity for fashion industry members, both new and old, to create networks that will facilitate action and inspire industry growth. IFFD provide useful & up-to-date information to keep the industry on top of what is happening locally and abroad, to make it more competitive and to encourage a thirst for quality education.

IFFD provides a marketing platform for all within the industry; from the student who want to share her talent to the household names we have come to know and love. By increasing local and international awareness of Indian brands and talent, IFFD hope to inspire increased demand and brand loyalty. With these primary directives IFFD hope to assist in creating a positive knock on effort that will facilitate job creation and growth for the industry.



India Runway Week-2018

Hello Guys!

I am super excited for coming weekend. 😀 What about you?


India’s one of the reputed fashion event is just few days away and the 10th IFFD’s India Runway Week Summer 2018 has revealed its interest in Indian textile, designers that are all set to take the country on a different textile trip. IRW Summer 2018 will start in the Capital city on April 20 at the DLF Place, Saket and conclude on April 22.

Textiles designer Bibi Russell from Bangladesh will kick start the fashion extravaganza showcasing her collection ‘Rajasthali’ in association with Rajasthan Khadi Udyog. The celebrated designer from Bangladesh who brought the humble gamchha to the international runway has for the last few years directed her focus on working for the heritage crafts of Rajasthan while Hyderabad favourite designer Shravan Kummar will be showcasing textiles of sunrise state Andhra Pradesh. His collection is organically dyed and all handmade. Shravan will be having master weavers from Hyderabad as his showstoppers.


There are other fresh designers who are showcasing for the first time also have kept their focus on Indian Textile, Weaver Soul by Shravan Gajam will be showcasing hand-woven wrap faced denim fabric made in ikat produced from home run units in Telangana. Peeli kothi by Ambica will be showcasing banarasi saree collection. The collection is based on make in India textiles.

The Bloom collection by Vaani Raghupathy calls to one’s elegance as it takes its inspiration from motifs that depict the natural shape and color of fruits, flowers ,birds that are an  absolute delight for the summer.The skill of infusing contemporary fashion trends with traditional couture is the pride of Magnoliaá and the Bloom collection is all about bringing in appealing fabrics along with their pleasant and refreshing pastels in a mix of organza,chiffon and weaves of silk from Kanchipuram.

Spring a season when even nature doesn’t hold back, going all creative and so are We!! Drawing inspiration from nature itselfSoniya Chandorkar set time for this summer.

*Lucknowi Chikankari* a symbol of elegance , class , tradition & a heritage and we are bound to redefine the beauty of this historical fabric with a touch of Mukaish work.   *Mukaish*- an almost forgotten craft beautifies the Chickenkari work by its signature embroidery. When paired with Chickenkari it revamps and elevates our creation to a whole new level of chic and class. Also Sonnets of nature are threaded onto lights with combination of Banarasi brocade ,rich skills & exquisite fabric flaunting the crafts of India. Motifs of Flowers, creepers , birds , foliages all scenic gifts of nature come together weaving their magic into intricate tonal stories on the fabric. This Fashion season stay tuned, stay stoked as classic redefines trendy ( Indo-Western ) collection for Soniya Saanchi’s “Summer Vibes”

Then there is a organisation named ‘Banka Silk’ which works with the weavers of Jharkhand and Bihar is also showcasing its collection ‘Bahar’ in association with designer Poonam Dubey. Balancing the tradition of the handloom weaves through cotemporary silhouettes and sensibilities. Banka Silk also partnered with India Runway Week to provide Indian Handloom fabrics to designers at weavers’ rate at their doorstep.

Avinash Pathania, Founder, IFFD (organiser of the event) in a statement said: “With each season of India Runway Week, we aim to push Indian Handloom & Fresh designers to set new trends in fashion. With this season we continue to put more focus on Indian handloom fabric with these fresh and amazing designers

See you there!!




DKS introduces HVDS

DKS introduces HVDS to reduce technical and commercial loss in power distribution system


HVDS is an innovative step taken by DK Shivakumar for the speedy replacement of failed distribution transformers in rural areas and to reduce technical and commercial losses in the power distribution system.

High Voltage Distribution System is a technology where the electricity is distributed to the consumers at a Higher Voltage level (11kV) instead of the Low Voltage (400/240V).

Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued directives with a view to reduce the high level technical and commercial losses in the distribution system. Thus, Energy Minister DK Shivakumar came up with an innovative scheme HVDS.

Political Activity

On the work front, BESCOM has already issued work awards for implementing the scheme in Chikkaballapur RSD (6 feeders) Sub-division, Tumkur RSD-1 & RSD-2 (25 feeders) Sub-divisions, Doddaballapur (9 feeders) Sub-division.

Mission & Vision of HVDS program

  • To reduce high levels of technical and commercial losses in the distribution system, implementing High Voltage Distribution System by replacing the existing LT distribution is taken up on pilot basis across all distribution companies.
  • Though highly beneficial in terms of reducing the losses this project is cost intensive. Energy Minister DK Shivakumar to evolve a scheme through which HVDS project can be funded or subsidized.
  • HVDS is an innovative step is taken by DK Shivakumar for a speedy replacement of failed distribution transformers in rural areas.
  • Distribution company namely BESCOM has taken up the largest Distribution Automation program in India. It aims at automating the entire distribution network of Bangalore city. The total cost of the project is 564 crore.
  • HVDS is an Innovative step is taken for speedy replacement of failed distribution transformers in rural areas by establishing 79 nos. of repair centers along with 172 nos. transformer banks in all sub-divisions and divisions to ensure reduced interruption time.