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Desi couture showcases with flair

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India, Pakistan & London Fashion Show merges design, artisty and culture

A magnanimous entry onto London’s high-fashion scene has been made by Indian, Pakistani and British talent, who showcased creations influenced by heritage and design from Asia.

The India, Pakistan and London Fashion show (IPL Fashion) celebrated a special part of an epic industry merging global trends with style, fabric and current collections from the sub-continent. The events, which took place at the iconic Gibson Hall, brought the finest concept fashion venture, amalgamating design, artistry and culture from the East and West, to UK shores.

A symbolic concept that boasts luxury and celebrates the pure form of couture, IPL Fashion is unique in that it shone a spotlight upon the grandeur of the three distinct countries, allowing attendees to come up-close and personal with their favourite designers and stars in one city, London, a melting pot of diversity and inclusivity.

Brainchild of Gurbani Kaur, the launch of IPL Fashion has been a great success. She said: “We started this journey as an experimental offering of the luxurious South Asian culture and fashion to international audiences, which has now blossomed into an exciting high concept fashion venture.

“As a boutique event, we work towards showcasing the very best, handpicked designers of fashion brands offering bespoke designs to an elite audience. IPL Fashion 2017 is a continuation of the celebration of a special cultural relationship shared between the UK, India and Pakistan in an epic industry.

“We have had a phenomenal response thus far to the show and look forward to giving our attendees the opportunity to sample the latest in cutting edge design and fashion from the East and West.”

Faisana: Fashion Weekend wows UK audiences with the crème of Indian and Pakistani design talent

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2Nida Azwer, Aamna Lakhany, Umar Sayeed, Aisha Tabani ChowdhryThe UK welcomed a first of its kind entry on the fashion calendar, which saw three of India’s and three of Pakistan’s most celebrated designers from some of the most-lauded fashion houses all on one platform.

The Mayfair Hotel, London played host to the ‘Faisana Fashion weekend’, where  renowned Anita Dongre, Rina Dhaka and Bhairavi Jaikishan (India); and Umar Sayeed, Nida Azwer and Sania Maskatiya (Pakistan) showcased their collections.

The fashion weekend, curated for the first time together on one international satge, was a two-day event, hosted by South Asian fashion influencers, Radhika Hasan and Aamna & Aisha, launched with an exclusive Champagne, Canapés and Couture evening on 2nd May in Mayfair Hotel’s Crystal Room.

Influencers, VIP’s and celebrities such as singing sensation Kanika Kapoor; former Bollywood actress Madhoo; actress, comedian, writer and singer Meera Syal MBE; and one of India’s original supermodels, host VJ Nina Manuel were privy to a runway show featuring the latest collections from all participating designers, presented by the designers themselves.

Sania Maskatiya 1The evening also featured a classical dance performance by celebrated Kathak dancer Fasih ur Rahman of the Akademi institute.

A free to attend, open exhibition, The Grand Trunk Show, took place on 3rd May, showcasing a wide range of the designers’ pret and couture collections for the general public.

The Faisana Fashion Weekend marked the first event to combine Indian and Pakistani fashion from the respective countries, showcasing the high end of South Asian fashion. The participating designers are fashion icons in India and Pakistan respectively.

Their unique designs transcend the contemporary, the young and hip, hence a perfect fit for the London and wider UK market.

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A fashion show brought women together for a bit of fun last week whilst also helping to create awareness of the taboos surrounding mental health issues.

AWARENESS: The Hamara Centre in Beeston has teamed up with SAA-UK to help women identify mental health issues

AWARENESS: The Hamara Centre in Beeston has teamed up with SAA-UK to help women identify mental health issues

‘Khushi’ held its second event on the 4th May at the Carr Manor Community Centre in Leeds on behalf of Hamara and project partner SAA-UK.

At the ladies-only event, participants were able to listen to and talk about mental health and related issues such as post natal depression and coping with bereavement.

The relaxed atmosphere was deliberately created to enable women to hold conversations with each other and help lift their spirits around a serious topic.

The event proved to be very successful with a full house in attendance, hearing some background information about the national campaign by ‘Time to Change’ on challenging stigma and discrimination against mental health issues.

Tayba Azim, Mental Health Project Coordinator of Khushi, and Keran Virdee, CEO of SAA-UK, both spoke passionately about the issues facing women from minority backgrounds.

Fashion show gets ladies together and addresses some taboo issues

Fashion show gets ladies together and addresses some taboo issues

The audience were presented with a case study on child abuse - a very taboo subject in society and across all cultures, particularly in the Asian community.

Also, to provide inspiration, a lady talked about her personal story and drive to change her life for the better despite her experiences of child abuse and being involved in an abusive marriage.

The fashion show with the beautiful range of clothing by Nabila Rafique and organised by Rifhat Malik was followed by a ‘Zumba’ taster session, leaving everyone present in high spirits and demonstrating the positive impact of such events on the target group.

“It was great to see so many women here and so many conversations taking place about mental health and I really want to thank Keran, Rifhat, Nabila and the ‘Give a Gift’ models for contributing to a great event,” commented Tayba.

Watch out for the next event taking place on the 24th May at the Bangladeshi Community Centre from 7.30pm-9.30pm, where we will be entertained by Shaheen Khan, the leading UK Ghazal and Sufi singer.

Fashion show gets ladies together and addresses some taboo issues

Fashion show gets ladies together and addresses some taboo issues

For further information on the Khushi project and if you would like to get involved please contact Tayba Azim on 0113 249 7762 or email: