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Indian designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi, who have been named the winners of the International Woolmark Prize India award, will now compete with international designers at the final round in London next February.

The duo won the contest Thursday by defeating the likes of Aneeth Arora, Arjun Saluja, Gaurav Gupta, Rahul Mishra, Rimzing Dadu, Ritesh Kumar, Samant Chauhan, Smita-Himanshu and Zubair Kirmani.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges including Simon Lock, founder of Australian Fashion Week; Sunil Sethi, president of Fashion Design Council of India; Pradeep Hirani of Kimaya Fashion and fashion editor Priya Tanna.

“We look forward to supporting and working with Pankaj and Nidhi in the lead up to the finals in February where they have the chance to be awarded with the once in a lifetime opportunities that are on offer for the winner of the International Woolmark Prize,” said Stuart McCullough, CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, owners of The Woolmark Company in a statement.

In February, Pankaj-Nidhi will compete with candidates from the US, Europe, China and Australia at the grand finale of International Woolmark Prize. The international winner will get a chance to retail through international stores including Harvey Nichols in Britain and Lane Crawford in China.

Congratulations Pankaj and Nidhi on winning the regional round of the International Woolmark Award. Wish you very good luck in London. Make us proud!

Source IANS

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‘The Methiyadi Stop’ is an innovative retail concept introduced by Josco ( founded in 1972, Josco is an established Footwear Company operating in South India and the Gulf Countries. Josco has been carrying out its operations under two brands Miami Cushion and Fischer).

Choose from classic, acupressure and kids soles, mix and match your favorite colours and show off your creativity! The ‘STOP’ offers the fun and excitement of creating a unique Methiyadi of your choice. Here you can MIX nMATCH from an array of delightful colours ranging from Hot Pink To Cool Blue To Funky Orange…

Methiyadi, inspired by the ancient wooden Padukas, is made from a blend of natural rubber from the world famous rubber plantations of God’s Own Country-Kerala. Methiyadi is designed for total comfort. Methiyadi’s are joint free to minimize breakage. The mushroom shaped knob in front is designed to fit snugly between the toes to provide a firm grip, while the rubber straps are designed to fit comfortably around the contours of the feet.

Apart from being made from natural rubber, Methiyadi has a social touch too:

Every ‘Paper Bag’ at the Methiyadi Stop has a story to say as these paper bags are made by Not- For- Profit Organizations, Special Schools and Differently Abled People. To name some:

Papertrail is a not-for-profit organisation that organises women in making newspaper bags and products from donated newspaper, ensuring a livelihood for women from all backgrounds.

Vimukti is a non profit organization, set up in 1989 with the sole intention of providing basic education and training to children with special needs. For the older members at the school,Vimukti provides vocational training and subsequent employment within the organization. And, Ramani is a physically challenged girl, who makes paper bags along with a few other girls in her village.

Shop online:

If you live in India, you have the privilege of shopping on the Methiyadi STOP site directly. But, if you are elsewhere in the world and would love a pair or two, feel free to get in touch with me and I could organise shipping for you.

Get your pair now!

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Its time for the biggest fashion event in India, the WLIFW spearheaded and organised twice every year by the Fashion Design Council of India.

WLIFW SS12 October 8th to 12th 2011.

This is an invite-only event so do not attempt to gate crash, to avoid any disappointment. This time, we are very excited about the large number of participants- 130 of the best talent in India in the fashion circuit. You can expect great surprises and some seriously good fashion statements.

Event Venue: Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Hall No. 18, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 8-12 October, 2011.

Commenting on the participating designers, Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “Continuing our legacy of bringing the best names of the fashion fraternity to WIFW, an exceptional business of fashion event, we are once again proud to introduce a host of talented Indian designers. We look forward to five days of splendid fashion put together by an array of brilliant designers and wish them the best.”

The schedule for the event is:

08 Oct 2011

  • 04:30 PM Gauri & Nanika / Malini Ramani / Nandita Basu
  • 05:45 PM ‘my village’ by Rimzim Dadu / Rahul Reddy
  • 07:00 PM Nachiket Barve / Peró by Aneeth Arora
  • 08:15 PM Rina Dhaka
  • 09:30 PM Tata Manza presents Rajesh Pratap Singh
09 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Hi-5 by Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma / Manoj Dubey / Shipra Gupta/ Surbhi Chawla / Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi
  • 02:00 PM Manish Gupta / Preeti S Kapoor
  • 03:15 PM Samant Chauhan / Urvashi Kaur
  • 04:30 PM am:pm by Ankur & Priyanka Modi / Morphé by Amit Aggarwal
  • 05:45 PM Kavita Bhartia
  • 07:00 PM Sanchita
  • 08:15 PM Label – Ritu Kumar
  • 09:30 PM Namrata Joshipura
10 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Divyam Mehta / Ela by Joyjit Talukdar / Tanvi Kedia
  • 02:00 PM Hemant & Nandit / Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan
  • 03:15 PM Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal / Nikasha Tawadey
  • 04:30 PM Charu Parashar / Nida Mahmood
  • 05:45 PM Raj Shroff / Raakesh Agarvwal
  • 07:00 PM Pankaj & Nidhi
  • 08:15 PM Onkar presents Shantanu Goenka
  • 09:30 PM Fiama Di Wills presents Wendell Rodricks
11 Oct 2011

  • 12:45 PM Hi-5 by Chandrani Siingh Fllora / Dolly J / Niket & Jainee /Rahul Singh / Saaj by Ankita
  • 02:00 PM Anand Bhushan / Dev r Nil
  • 03:15 PM Atsu by Atsu Sekhose / Alpana & Neeraj
  • 04:30 PM Mynah’s Reynu Taandon
  • 05:45 PM Rahul Mishra
  • 07:00 PM Savio Jon / Petanu by Pashma
  • 08:15 PM Anita Dongre
  • 09:30 PM James Ferreira
12 Oct 2011

  • 02:00 PM Joy Mitra / Rajdeep Ranawat
  • 03:15 PM Amit GT / Soltee by Sulakshana
  • 04:30 PM Vineet Bahl / Virtues by Ashish, Viral & Vikrant
  • 05:45 PM Geisha Design by Paras & Shalini / Rehane
  • 09:30 PM Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

A stunner by Amit GT

Looking forward to not only the already established designers showcasing their Spring-Summer 2012 trends but also ten new designers showcasing under the Hi-5 Category of the event and ten new models starting their bright careers thanks to this renowned platform.

The new designers selected under the Hi- 5 category are:

1.    Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma

2.   Chandrani Siingh Fllora

3.   Dolly J

4.   Manoj Dubey

5.    Niket & Jainee

6.   Rahul Singh

7.   Saaj by Ankita

8.   Shipra Gupta

9.   Surbhi Chawla

10. Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi

There will be two dedicated slots in the shows schedule for the Hi-5 category which will give these upcoming, promising designers an opportunity to showcase their splendid collections.

Those who wish to catch the event LIVE go here to Fashion Fad- the official webcast partner.


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For a country where fashion is almost non-existent, to have a fashion week for Men’s wear alone is quite a brave move. FDCI has taken up this challenge for the 3rd year (and season) and this time around they have managed to get a whole list of interesting designers participating for them. While it is rather dampening to see that my favorite men’s wear designer Mr Samant Chauhan is missing from the list, it is a pleasure that many other commercially sucessful bridal wear designers are trying their hand on men’s wear too. The event will be opened by Arjun Khanna who until now was famous only for his interesting website, more than anything else; followed by Tarun Tahiliani who will be the highlight tonight (perhaps with men dressed in severely embroidered attire from head to toe).

Here is the schedule for the three-day gala event:

02 Sep 2011

  • 07:00 PM : Arjun Khanna
  • 09:30 PM : Tarun Tahiliani
03 Sep 2011

  • 02:30 PM : Rajvi Mohan / Zubair Kirmani
  • 04:15 PM : Krishna Mehta
  • 06:00 PM : Anky by Ankita & Anjana Bhargav / Sanchita
  • 07:45 PM : Abraham & Thakore / Abhishek Gupta / Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna / Rajesh Pratap Singh
  • 09:30 PM : Ashish N Soni
04 Sep 2011

  • 03:00 PM : Rohit & Abhishek / Troy Costa
  • 05:00 PM : Shantanu & Nikhil
  • 07:00 PM : Manoviraj Khosla
  • 09:30 PM : Karan Johar + Varun Bahl for Van Heusen

The best of the lot have all fallen under one slot (Abraham & Thakore / Abhishek Gupta / Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna / Rajesh Pratap Singh at 7.45 pm on 2nd September 2011) which is both good and bad for us. The good part is that we will not have to waste any time trying to catch the rest of the shows missing our favourite Indian festivities in this season of Eid, Ganesha and the St.Mary’s feast. The disappointing part however, is that each of these designers could have given us good-quality shows for the whole day instead of just one show!

Besides the usual bridal wear suspects covering most part of the schedule, for those of you who have the time and enthusiasm, do check out Troy Costa’s tuxedos and perfectly-tailored suits on the finale morning.

Oh! I have to mention this- expect a lot of Bollywood crazy folks thronging the venue for the crowd-puller Karan Johar+ Varun Bahl show where we get a glimpse of what fashion really means to the common man (or the Mango people, with love) in India.

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