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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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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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As much as I stopped myself from writing this post, I just had to.  I have led myself into brawls with quite a few “change-makers” recently and today I’m writing to you about just one of the many incidences that I decided to avoid.

The season of fashion weeks has begun. This is the time most people from the industry wake up from their deep slumber. Fashion writers want stories and the designers try hard to create these stories. By hook or by crook- they try hard to get a few media mentions and a couple of a hundred sales. That’s how the industry works and I have no problem with it. It has become a familiar scene and hardly matters today. Then why am I writing about it?

I advocate a “niche” segment in fashion- The Ethical fashion industry, Fashion that is made with a conscience, has no guilt involved. The kind that has a heart and soul, for real!  It starts with an emotion and turns into a habit and yes- I am an addict now.

A journo friend called me this morning to give me “news I can use”. A designer who I dreaded (from a past experience) has surfaced again and has started branding herself as an “Ethical fashion designer”. She has paid all the possible media resources back home to get this printed in every leading newspaper. What’s better? A renowned person In Bangalore is now her God father. Well, this Godfather apparently can endorse anyone who sends a fat cheque his way (or maybe use cash to be safe). “Money rules!” said my friend and money rules, I agree. She has succeeded in her attempt and the godfather has made a few bucks for his dope. I am not unhappy about that. I don’t think I care now- “To each, his own”

That said, I have questions in my mind and I don’t even know if I’m looking for answers anymore. Call me a cynic, but I’ve just come to understand that I can’t change the world; maybe I can change the way I live and be an example for people who care.

I can’t stop from wondering, why would you try to brand yourself as an “ethical” fashion designer, first of all? Doesn’t being just a designer do the trick?  You can use the branding for a while to earn you those five minutes of fame but in the end- how will you answer yourself?

Contribution by Brian Li to "The things I have learnt" project.

What will you gain from these articles in the newspaper? Is the end consumer blind not to check that you make garments illegally at home without running a commercial set-up? Or would the consumers fail to see that the silk used is the toil of the poorest of the poor, mostly women and kids who barely make a few bucks a day? Think again.

Of course, there is a market for everything and so there will be a market for such spin doctors too, but I believe in Karma and Karma shall take care of the rest. For me, I need to check and check again before I can vouch for someone. May be you should too. It is impossible to check each and every detail of the stuff you use each day but there is no harm in checking the things you can!

I really wish you would.

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