Threads in Heritageľ Silhouettes 2015

Celebrating the Textile Treasures of India

May 3th 2015,

It was indeed a celebratory revival of our rich handloom and handicrafts at SILHOUETTES 2015 – a dynamic fashion presentation of the graduating batch of B.D. Somani Institute of Art & Fashion Technology.

The Graduating design students enthralled the industry stalwarts and fashion connoisseurs like Fashion critic – Ms. Meher Castelino & celebrity brigade of designers from Archana Kochhar, Monica & Karishma of Jade, Shyamal of designer duo Shyamal & Bhumika, Digvijay Singh, Payal Singhal. They were all enthralled with their innovative design skills and imaginative creativity.

Chief Guest, Hon’ Ms. Kiran Gupta - IAS- Textile Commissioner Ministry of Textiles and celebrity designer and stylist, Ms. Anju Modi along with political figures like designer, activist Mrs. Shaina NC and Mrs. Sharmila Raj Thackeray graced  the event, cheering  the new wave of graduating young designers.

Also, respected Industrial figures from crucial fashion business bodies like Mr. Naren Mukhi , Exec. Committee Member – CIAE, Mr. Aneel Murarka MD & CEO- Mirachem Industries along with international fashion buyers like Ms. Premal Badiani (USA) also attended the event to support the fresh talent of fashion.

Renowned Celebrities like Television actor Sharad Kelkar closed the show for Alumni designer Satyam Waghela and the reigning beauty queen MRS. INDIA 2015, Mrs. Priyanka Khurana Goyal dazzled as the Showstopper for designer Shraddha Vora.

Top Runway faces like Sucheta Sharma, Parvathy Omanakuttam, Sanghya Lakhanpal, alongwith Taheer Ali, Raj, etc strutted the student’s dynamic creations.

The sharp black and white Ikat resort wear – “Monochrome Mischief” created the maximum buzz and stole most of the awards amongst the basic first year category. In the second year segment, the graphic geometric prints of “Pop Madhubani” won many accolades along with earthy resort line entitled “Cruise Kalamkari”. Also, the elaborated section of stylish kids wear created the maximum buzz.

The graduating batch of BTEC 3rd year created magic with two collections – ‘Peshwai Panache’, which redefined saris from Maharashtra and ‘Noma-Diva’, a funky clothing line crafted from shawls of north east India. Designed around the theme ‘BTEC Walk of Pride’, the spectacular collection showcased the enormous talent of the young BTEC designers. On the occasion, Ms. Smita Chaudhary, Director, Pearson India and Mr. Kevin John, RDM, Pearson India, were felicitated for their valuable contribution towards the association with B.D. Somani.

BTEC, the internationally recognized work-related qualifications from Pearson, aim to enhance the skill-set and employability quotient of students in the fields of fashion, art and design.  BTEC is accepted by over 200 prestigious universities across US, UK and Australia for direct entry into degree courses and is also recognized by professional bodies and international employers.

Under the star Alumni category, rising emerging talent namely - Harshal Gala, Anish Bhargav, Satyam Waghela & Seema Mehta showcased their premium debut line. Also, showcased were collection by our fashion partners – C Singh, Shraddha Vora and Manish Reshamwala.

On this occasion, taking forward their fashion for a cause initiative, the alumni designers pledged to auction their show stopper garments to curate relief funds for the recently affected Nepal-Earthquake. Aishwarya Design Studio whole heartedly came forward to donate the wholesale proceeding of their sponsored student’s collection – “Jute Jazba” for the relief fund campaign.

It was another proud moment for the institute’s charming director Mrs. Aradhana Somani on yet another successful silhouettes edition. The dynamic runway presentation was directed by choreographer Utsav Dholakia.

It was indeed a mesmerizing fashion journey captivating the audience with sheer hard work and amazing creativity from the future of our fashion industry!