As I made my way through Opulent Hotel for the India Runway Week Season, I saw many celebs and socialites making the event glitzy and glamorous. The event was organized by Indian Federation for Fashion Development and all the 35 designers got a chance to showcase their collection here.


The first day started with ‘My Best Friend’ by Jenjum Gadi and he showcased all the bridesmaids in ravishing indo-western attires. I remember the work of Designer Masumi Mewawala, which spoke about innovation and style.

Other designers who showcased on Day 1 were Manish Patel, Vishala Shree, Megha, Varija Bajaj, Anvita Deo, Rohini Gugnani, Mukti Tibrewal and Manish Gupta. Manish Gupta’s show was spectacular with a mascot walking the ramp with a social message by PETA to avoid leather.

Manish Gupta with Designers and PETA Mascot during day 1 of India Runway Week

The second day was dedicated to the hard work of students of Fashionista, The school of Fashion Technology. The collection spoke of modern and traditional elements. Then it was Kaaisha Studio by Shalini Gupta for whose collection actress Madhurima Tuli walked the ramp. Other designers who showcased their brilliant work wereFarzana Rahman, Ashfaque Ahmad, Rajdeep Ranawat, Deeksha Sharma, Surbhi Jain, Sanya Garg, Rifali Chandra, Jigar & Paneri Gosar, and Sagar Tenali.

Fashion Show by Fashionista School Students on Day 2 at India Runway Week (14)

Then came the grand finale, which had celebs like Amyra Dastur, Ajaz Khan & Taapsee Pannu walking the ramp in beautiful ensembles. Designer Sameer Junaidi made actress Amyra Dastur look like a portrait of rare art and with her was the Ajaz Khan of Bigg Boss fame.

Showstoppers Ajaz Khan & Amyra Dastur

Later in the evening, actress Taapsee Pannu walked for designer Tanieya Khanuja. The collection was summery and Hawaiian like lime & neon green with mustard, peaches and white. There were backless gowns and dresses, peplum flirty frill chic tops paired with trousers. It was indeed a wearable collection. There were jackets and capes and beachwear. One particular garment, which caught my eye, was a black and white swimsuit paired with a jacket. There were red and black dresses with asymmetrical pattern. With the use of net and feathers, contrast between gold, black and beige and was very gen-x in its outlook, its sexiness and its oomph.

The showstopper Taapsee was dressed in a flower vase type gown that was innovative and unique.


The designer Ambreen Khan showcased colors like maroon with black plastic sequence; very different & contemporary with ruling colors being Navy blue and black. The models danced & swirled around the chairs and kept the audience mesmerized & glued to their seats. She showcased beautiful saree gowns with full sleeve blouses that looked sophisticated, chic and sexy.

On the finale day collections by Vanica Chhabra, Govinda Raju, Neha Yadav, Sweta Kedia, Rahul Kapoor, Samyuktha, Anup Bisani, Suvagata Saha, Bani Khuranna, Akassh K Agarwal, Moet Barar & Rajni K Sethi were also showcased the received the appreciation from the fashionistas.


Avinash Pathania, Founder, IFFD said “As the IFFD team is young and we know it’s difficult for young entrepreneurs to survive. Everyone talks about youth but no one is doing anything substantial for him or her. Young Fashion Movement is one small step to give more opportunities to young talent in the field of fashion”

It was a great event. I look forward to the next season.

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