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Victorian Era with an Indian Twist at Asian Designer Week – 2019

Victorian era, a glamorous time period for rich Indian textiles. The fusion of these two far apart poles was the theme of our project this time. The challenge at hand was to bring to life, a garment which was set in the victorian era but fabricated in authentic Indian Textiles. It may seem like an easy thing, in theory, it did to us too, but when it came to practicality, this was the hardest thing about the project.

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We began our quest with updating our knowledge on everything related to the victorian era fashion: the silhouettes, the fabrics, the colors, all design elements, accessorization, utility wear, etc. The Victorian era was a time of flowy, fluffy ball gown, of lacy parasols, of large, feathery hats, of elegance, of feminity. People of that era had dress codes for specific occasions, there were high societal expectations for women, and to fit those expectations women’s fashion was changed drastically.

Next came our research on Indian textiles, which was an eye-opening experience because we happen to neglect our beautiful collection of textiles every single day. Indian textiles are rich in culture, color, and history of their origins.

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This collection was to be displayed at the Asian Designer Week 2019, so our deadlines were tight. I personally believe in practical learning, and taking on a challenge to stitch a garment to be displayed in a fashion show, was on my list for long. This time, I was able to successfully take that challenge head-on. After all the approvals in line, and the fabric ready at hand, I drafted patterns for my design with the help of my wonderful faculty always ready to help me. It took me around 4-5 days to completely perfect my garment, and another couple of days to complete my accessorization. I chose to make a parasol on my own as part of my accessorization, along with a waist belt and a ruffled necktie, which completed the whole look.

Our show was scheduled on 6th October 2019 at Hotel A Dot by GNH, ambiance island, Gurugram. We reached the venue around 1 pm the same day, with all our things ready for the show. After a few minor issues backstage, we were able to get our models ready for the display in time, which was a feat in itself, but also a nerve-wracking experience, because that entailed that the show was about to begin.

Our display went wonderfully well, without any mishaps, which made us all let out a breath we didn’t know we were all holding in.

To me, this whole project will always be dear to my heart, because it was an amazing concept, brought to reality by my own hard work, day and night, and I’ll forever cherish it as a student, and furthermore.

Abhilasha Sharma
3rd Semester, BBA FE (2018-2021)

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Startups Get Major Boost In Budget 2019

The government will set-up another TV program on DD, solely for new businesses in the Nation.  Many changes crosswise over work laws, instruction, and rental lodging to directly affect new businesses in the nation.

In a noteworthy lift to a large number of new entrepreneurial ventures in India, the administration declared a large group of motivations to “liberalize the enterprising soul” as expressed by India’s first woman finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman.

These incorporate a TV program solely for new businesses, facilitating remote direct speculation rules in startup portions like staple, online business and sustainability conveyance, proposing a large group of upgrades to the advanced installment frameworks biological system that helps new companies guaranteeing new companies don ‘t feel the warmth of heavenly attendant expense from IT experts.

Like the first, the administration will initiate a new TV program on national telecaster Doordarshan, solely for new companies in the nation, which will fill in a stage to match financial speculators with growing new businesses. The TV program will be planned and executed, and be run by start-ups, Sitharaman said.

Aside from this, the administration will help set up around 80 “work business incubators” and 20 technology-based business incubators in FY19-20, which as indicated by Sitharaman will make 75,000 talented business visionaries in horticultural industry divisions.

The finance minister has additionally proposed 100% FDI in insurance-mediators, a category that most new businesses fall in. Aside from this, the legislature has additionally allowed 100% FDI in single-brand retail and proposed expelling the 30% nearby sourcing standards. Experts state that new businesses like Pepperfry, Urban Ladder, Home Lane, Livspsace and other people who operate through the physical stores will likewise be profited by the new recommendations.

Also, Sitharaman declared a few measures to streamline work laws, instruction, and rental lodging clause which will directly affect new companies in the nation. The finance minister also said that work laws will be modernized into a lot of “four work codes” so as to “institutionalize enrollment and recording of profits and loss disputes”.

The ‘Stand up India’ scheme, launched in 2016, to back entrepreneurship in women and the lowered segment of the society, will be more long-drawn-out during the whole extent of 2020-2025, according to the finance minister.

“To further empower the women entrepreneurs, women SHG Interest Subvention Program to be expanded across India,” Sitharaman said while declaring the budget.

New businesses won’t be exposed to any sort of examination in regard to sharing esteem premium. A system is additionally being set up for e-confirmation, Sitharaman said. Indeed, even the valuation of Category II AIF reserves (Real domain reserves, private value reserves (PE assets), and assets for distressed resources are enlisted as Category II exchange venture assets, or AIFs) out of IT investigation, the account minster proposed in her Budget Speech.

Prof. Gulbash Duggal

Associate Dean, ICF

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Internship opportunity with Fascino Kids Fashion Week 2019

Right from our very first day at ICF, we have been gaining experiences in the fashion world and this July got us one very exciting one.

An opportunity to work at the Fascino Kids Fashion Show, an exclusive Fashion Week for children between 3-14 years of age, with a series of interactive workshops leading the participating children with sessions on Personal Hygiene, Etiquettes, Personality Grooming putting forward a holistic, confident personalities on the ramp.

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This was an exciting opportunity for me and my other enthusiastic lot of friends since none of us had ever had the experience of handling these little bundles of energies. Glad we all enrolled ourselves for this and were prepared to take this new challenge head-on.

The show was scheduled from 25th-27th of July 2019 and was held at Eros International, Nehru Place.

We were involved from day one….from the trials to training and practice days for the child models and handling schedules for all the participating designers.

Time management was one of the major factors that we needed to learn and report to work an hour early than the kids’ schedule since all the arrangements for the day were to be organized and put in place to avoid any delay or glitch during the sessions.

We were about to be hit with a real challenge of handling small kids throughout the day while helping the Organizers. The kids started to pour in and some of them came in “like a wrecking ball”. Some of the kids were not ready to leave their parents at all and kept wailing and crying. That was truly a challenge, to get them separated from their mothers, get them changed and make them practice along with everyone else. But we were not there to give up easily. All through the days this cycle continued, designer after designer, kid after kid, and we would generally wrap up the day around at about 9 in the night right after a short meeting with our team heads….just to repeat the whole process every day for the next couple of days; but the second day was less chaotic, thanks to our experiences gained the day before.

Then came the big day, the actual show on Saturday the 27th of July, 2019. We all reported at the venue sharp at 8 am, dressed and ready to work in our Fascino Kids Fashion Show custom t-shirts, that gave us the sense of responsibility to shoulder the brand we were working for.

We began readying up the first lot of kids for our first scheduled show at 11:00 a.m., which was actually delayed by an hour due to technical issues, but hiccups like this are common in such fashion events. With each show, our work gradually got easier, and we had a smooth functioning through the fashion shows……. till the finale show……That was when chaos broke. We ran out of hands to help backstage, and 3 people barely kept the kids in control, but with immense help from one of the team heads, we were able to deliver an amazing finale of the day that was widely appreciated and adored.

The after-party to celebrate the success of the show had us all as a team had us all danced and celebrate the successful line of shows the whole day, and we all retired to our homes in groups and pieces, to finally rest our feet which had been working on and on through the week.

Even though the whole experience was tiring and we ran out of energy to function by the time we got to leave, it was all worth it when we received our certifications when we rejoined college.

We were also awarded a beaming trophy to represent all the hard work we all collectively put in, and it was truly an amazing moment to be able to hold it in our hands.

The trophy now rests in the office of our Chief Mentor, Ms. Jaivani Bajaj’s office, as a beautiful memory of something so demanding and challenging yet so rewarding and full of knowledge.

This was an experience gained, that will forever be with us all.

Abhilasha Sharma- BBA FE 2018

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A WARM WELCOME TO ICF

Oof! With a mix of thoughts and high spirits I carried the load of my pretty bag and started my day with a classic smile. I rushed through the metro and headed straight to the college. As I moved towards my class, probably every new face I saw could hear me breathe heavily. I entered the class, greeted my new mates and took a seat to catch my breath. Within a moment, my teachers came in with a big smile and I could sense a lovely vibe of aspiring learners ready to embark on this new journey. The teachers introduced themselves and their respective subjects to us in a very semi-formal way. It was way better than I expected it to be. I enjoyed their session as they gave us an inside sneak peak of the industry we were going to step into.

Then arrived the snack break and we were served with some authentic Delhi street food alongside some soft drinks to fill in our young stomachs.

The seniors came in and initiated an ice breaker activity to help us interact and perhaps improve our social skills. We enjoyed playing different character roles, singing, dancing and mimicking comic characters.

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The college organized a few designer talks for us to get pumped up with inspiration and zing to work hard and brace ourselves for the course. The teachers seemed so determined and energetic to impart their knowledge to us. This gave me a feeling of satisfaction and that very moment I knew I came to the right place to learn. Down the week, the college had many activities for us. This helped us to get more comfortable with the college atmosphere.

Alumni students dropped in to share their experiences with us and we got a chance to clear out our doubts regarding different job/business aspects after college. The exposure we had in the first week was outstanding. We got exposed to the people from the industry and got to clear view of the life ahead waiting for us.

To be honest, in the beginning, I was a bit apprehensive about college life at ICF. But now, after 3 weeks I can proudly say I am at the right place. This place is a metal and it means education at its best. The teachers are hardcore and willing to give the best they’ve got. I hope to experience a wonderful educational journey with ICF along with memories to cherish throughout my life.

Moin Shaw BBA 2019 – 2022

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India is a country with various cultures and tradition

It was around 1980s; the late 80s and the 90s saw a spurt growth of fashion in India.

It was only in 1999 that India showcased its first-ever fashion show. Of course, there existed many designers before the 90s but the fashion industry was never that widespread until the late 80s and 90s.

The main trademark of fashion in India is because of the Bollywood industry. Since its inception, people get really inspired and keep trying to copy the designer’s styles.

In the year 1986, the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India opened the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi with the help of the Fashion Institute of Technology in India.

The word fashion brings the glamour. There are 100s of designers now. Some are really popular and some are still expanding. India today is one of the mostly dense countries which are mainly giving a hand to the fashion industry in order to magnify.

The western culture has most influenced our fashion industry. However, Indian cultural fashion has not loosened its popularity too.

Our fashion industry has started to grow and is expected to propagate exponentially in the next two years.

The growing population itself is predicted to hand the fashion industry to develop manifold. The love for brand names has already gone crazy and that will increase the consumerism.

In a nutshell, it can be said that the Indian fashion industry is budding at a high pace. This industry is offering a wide range of opportunities to the creative people, artists, hard-working and innovative people.

There are plenty of job opportunities in this sector; so what I personally feel about this is that the Fashion Industry is totally going to be a professional’s career choice with a lot of fascination. Rest, the time will showcase what the industry beholds for us.

Saloni Sharma

BBA-FE (2019-21)

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Trip to Jaipur

Recently, we, the students of international college of fashion, along with our faculty, went on an educational trip to Jaipur.
Jaipur, also known as the pink city, is full of visitors’ attractions, including the famous Amer fort, Hawamahal, Jal Mahal etc. Jaipur also offers a wide range of learning opportunities for fashion students like us, including educational workshops on block printing techniques, anokhi museum of hand painting, handicraft markets, etc.

Our trip was scheduled from 25th of March to 28th of March. On 26th we attended a workshop on a block printing technique called Dabu print, which involves use of a specially prepared mud mix with ingredients like babool tree gum, lime water and mud, etc. It is prepared in advance and is quick dried with the help of finely grated wood remains to speed up the process. All the students made their own products like stoles, scarves and dupattas through Dabu. A special feature of Dabu is that in the dyeing process, we only use natural dyes, no chemical dyes are used. Most widely found color is indigo, since it’s the most commonly found natural dye. In the workshop we had a hands-on experience of Dabu printing, which was an enriching learning experience as a fashion student.

On 27th we visited the Anokhi museum of hand printing. The museum is home to the history of various forms of hand printing and block printing, including techniques like Bagru print and Sanganeri print. The museum has on display different examples of historic clothing of India and parts of now Pakistan, the reasoning of why people wore what they did, in what areas, what season, etc.
All combined, this trip was full of new learnings, and we have now gained knowledge that is going to prove useful to us as students in the future. This trip to Jaipur opened new gates of opportunities and possibilities for us in the industry in future.

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Partners in Crime

It’s time to stop overbuying and instead choose stuff you love, and invest in it. We believe there is a better way.

partners in crimeThis time it’s an alert for shopaholics! Where we girls spend so much to buy our clothes now there is a better way to do the wardrobe makeover. Partners in Crime(P.i.C) style is a place where you can recreate your outfit by just having some of them. These people has emerged with a thought and applied it as well in a very appropriate manner.

P.i.C Style was born out of an obsession to do fashion in the right manner. Simply put, people want to know where their clothes come from and who makes them. As they say,

‘Buying with us gives you more. Our P.i.C collection is rotatable and interchangeable, giving you more flexibility than a lifetime of downward dogs. You can create over 50 clean looks from just eight beautiful pieces.’

We people always think to mix and match but at last it just end up with our general taste and does not look that much appealing or different but according to P.i.C style we can create 50 looks from just eight pieces.

“WE ALL NEED TO CARE FOR THIS PLANET.

BUT NOT IT’S POSSIBLE TO CARE AND LOOK CHIC”

It’s always hard to balance things like- to spend or to save or to get better in less, to be different in the same. All these things just create a fact in our mind to let go off the things but now it’s possible to care yet look elegant by spending less but getting more. Even if you people are not able to buy stuff, there are plenty of videos available of various tutorials to create new styles.

Join us. Rebel.
Be part of the slow fashion revolution.

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P.i.C style travelled around the word to explore more and find out the people that match there ethos after starting their setup in London. The partners they have with them are- MVDT, Mud Jeans, SUITE 13, MIRABELLE and more. Together these all creates a family to save the planet by keeping fashion in mind.

The category named ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ have the styles and their different ways to put on so if you guys ever wish to spend less yet want more, just roll over the website and see how creatively it is possible in fashion world to roll with few outfits.

FASHION FOR THE FUTURE

Simran Dhingra

BBA-FE (2017-2020)

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SUSTAINABILITY THIS TIME

The fashion industry today is a multi billion dollar business which is affecting everyone around the world in some way!

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, following right after oil. Due to speedy production and over consumption, the fashion industry has landed itself on an environmentally damaging path, much different than 100 years ago. It was not until fast fashion took over our closets, that the real numbers started to show. In today’s world sustainability is a very important factor to focus on as the fashion industry is growing day by day.

Many organizations are working in the favor to promote sustainability. One such great example is PETA! PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in laboratories, in the food industry, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.

Every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry—all in the name of fashion. Whether the clothes come from Chinese fur farms, Indian slaughterhouses, or the Australian outback, an immeasurable amount of suffering goes into every fur-trimmed jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater.

This tells clearly that we are heading to wear the living ones after killing them, just to wear! No one will get agree that we all are involved in killings just to look nice and different.

In the year 2018, people took a step towards getting vegan moreover to promote and get awareness of sustainability. Organizations like Arture, which is vegan fashion accessories brand, are in the running to make this world sustainable by using materials like 100 per cent Mediterranean-derived natural cork fabric, which is sustainable and cruelty-free, to design sleek wallets, handbags and travel accessories for women and men.

It’s very harsh to listen and see that just to look good, people do killings; to obtain materials in this fashion industry, they do not care of lives. But on the other side it’s true that people are working over it as well. We should keep in mind the following things at the time of starting over a garment-

  • Think of organic fabrics
  • Ignore fabrics like fur, pure wool and more
  • Try to design the garments which do not include animal skins
  • Think and look twice for the fabrics and it’s blends
  • Last but not the least,

Love animals with the real smile not the greedy smile!!!

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Shubhi Goel

BBA-FE(2017-20)

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3 Challenges Every Entrepreneur Must Overcome

No matter the industry, these universal roadblocks require business owners to balance immediate needs with longer-range strategies.

entrepreneurshipIn this entrepreneurial world people are running crazily for their start ups and because of this race, they have not considered the key points to survive. This race is a never ending one and always gets longer and difficult. We face challenges every second in our lives, some of which gets resolved and some we just let go off. But, is it the right thing to drop the challenge when you think you’ll face a lot of difficulties to complete it? Doing this is nothing but loosing entrepreneurial identity.

This means that we are somewhere getting unfocused and demoralized, in fact not facing the reality of being motivated.

Let’s focus on the three challenges that every entrepreneur must overcome-

1. Avoiding burnout.

The passion that often makes entrepreneurs successful is their downfall. Many of us devote time, money, passion and energy to our ventures. We run the risk of being consumed if we stay plugged in all the time. We need time to disconnect and get some peace to motivate ourselves and to regain the ability to think politely and not in the chaos. Many entrepreneurs employ the 80/20 rule while on vacation, i.e, 80 percent of time is dedicated to relaxation, and 20 percent is spent on work.

No matter which solution you choose, it’s essential to carve out time to relax, truly recharge your batteries and maintain a healthy mindset. If you don’t take care of your mental health, your business ultimately will suffer.

2. Tracking cash flow.

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business. In fact, poor cash-flow management is one of the main reasons businesses fail. Tracking cash inflows and outflows may not be the easiest or most glamorous part of running a small business, but it does separate a good entrepreneur from a great one.

Cash flow, profit, money, goodwill, business and more, these terms always get into our minds just to remind us that we have to be serious and earn money in a better way. Despite this fact, our mind ignores the real phase that it’s not about being serious it’s about being dedicated yet motivated to run the business successfully.

3. Raising capital.

At pivotal moments in your business’ lifespan, you’ll need to raise funds so you can innovate and grow. While many people consider only the traditional bank-loan route, the modern entrepreneurial landscape offers alternative funding streams. You could consider equity or rewards, crowd sourcing options, incubators, loans or grants, angel investors or investment companies.

Not every option will be right for your business, so it pays to do some research to find out which is the best fit.

It’s easy to run the business, raise a business but to raise funds it’s also something where the actual challenge lies in this world. Your goodwill will be your final aspect which will decide you future of the business.

We will face such challenges every now an then but again, we have breathe, think, understand and listen to ourselves to solve it as every hurdle in this era so that it will take you higher and higher after jumping over it and not falling down.

 

Ritika Raj

BBA-FE(2017-20)

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Asian Designer Week ’18

Vaatsaalyaa Charitable trust presented their DSYN Bloom season 4.1 contest winners with Asian Designer Week  at ITC Welcome Hotel, Dwarka, New Delhi on Friday 26 th October 2018.

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International College of Fashion being the Institutional Partner , gave its design students an opportunity to participate in  the contest and showcase their collection which they had made with hard work at the fashion week. The winners of the contest got the chance to showcase their design collection  along with a professional photo shoot by a famous photographer Rohit Suri.

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Ananya from International College of Fashion presented her collection on Revival of Faded Art inspired from Indus valley Civilization which showed immortality of that period.

Other students Shivangee, Ruchika, Shravya, Abhilasha and Priya designed a collection on monuments of India with artist Prem Raj Meher.

A unique collection on LGBT theme by BBA-FE third semester students worked on with rainbow colours by decriminalizing gay sex and giving hope to LGBTQ  community for their bright future. Miss World Diversity – Naaz Joshi walked out the ramp as showstopper for the collection.

Another collection was from BBA-FE third semester students inspired by Jackie Kennedy. They experimented with different Indian Handloom Fabrics, in conservative yet very modern and stylish independent woman.

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All the Collections were made under the supervision of  Prof. Gulbash Duggal.

Special thanks to Founder Chairman of Vaatsaalyaa Charitable Trust , Mr. Kappil Kishor for giving this platform for showcasing student’s talent.

The show was sponsored by HP Singh Agencies, Zoom Delhi , Singer, Oriflame and IDOSG.

 

ANANYA VANDANAND
MBA-FE(2018-20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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