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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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Short term Courses in Fashion Designing

If you are in the fashion industry you’d be aware of the pace at which this industry undergoes change. It thus becomes important for you to stay updated with the latest changes that are taking place. This is where joining short term courses in fashion designing will help you ride over competition. We at International College of Fashion (ICF) have been at the forefront of fashion designing and entrepreneurship in India and bring to you courses that help you build strengths and competitive edge in this fast changing industry. Here are some of the benefits of enrolling into our short term courses in fashion designing –

  • They are convenientShort term courses are popular as they are very convenient. You don’t have to invest lot of money to join these courses and neither quit your regular job. Few weeks of break from your regular life is all that’s required to learn about the new things in the industry and acquire skills that would help you push your career forward.
  • They refresh your knowledge – You will need to constantly update your skills and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve in the industry. You may have been employed with a big fashion label or running your own business but you need to constantly acquire new knowledge on a constant basis and this is where these courses help you.
  • They offer specialized training – If you are into merchandising you may wish to learn only about this and not spend your time leaning about other concepts in fashion designing. This is where these courses by helping you acquire specialized skills.
  • They offer insight into upcoming trends – Success is the fashion industry belongs to those who are aware of the upcoming trends in the market. How do you spot for these trends? How do you filter out the dozens of signs and signals that you come across in the market.
  • They prepare you for challenges – As with any business that is undergoing constant change there are also new challenges that emerge. What worked for your business or career in the past may not work in the future. To survive in this market you will need to know about these challenges beforehand and deal with them.

By joining our short term courses in fashion designing you will lend a new dimension to your career. You must bear in mind that in this industry things around you are constantly changing and you need to keep these things in mind and choose a short term.

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Part-time Fashion Designing Courses in Delhi

Should you or shouldn’t you? This is one dilemma that most people face when they hear about part-time fashion designing course. After all these courses tend to teach you things in a nutshell compared to a full-time course. At International College of Fashion (ICF) we believe that the very idea of comparing these courses with full-time courses is wrong and both full-time and part-time courses have their own place in helping you shape your career. So who should enroll into part-time fashion designing courses in Delhi? Let’s find out -

  • Boost skills mid-career – You may already be in the fashion industry and have achieved considerable success in your career so far. But as times change and the industry goes through an evolution you may have to add new skills to stay ahead of the curve. This is where part-time fashion designing courses in Delhi can help you. By acquiring new skills you will be able to compete with youngsters who are entering the industry with the latest skills and knowledge and not face a mid-career crisis as many people face with new trends and business models emerging in the market.
  • Add value to your business – There are thousands of proprietary businesses that are being run by people who have no formal training the in fashion business. While you may have run your business successfully so far lack of advanced knowledge in the business especially with the advent of ecommerce and other technological developments might restrict your growth. You can’t go back to the college and enroll into a full-time course and this is where part-time courses would be your perfect resort.
  • No sacrificing on source of income – There are many people whose dreams of becoming a fashion designer may have been cut short due to responsibilities. While you would definitely want to chase your dream but at the same time you can’t afford to take a break from your career and stop the primary source of income. If this is the exact situation you find yourself in, you can sign up for part-time courses that let you add to your skills as per your own convenience.

At International College of Fashion  (www.icf.edu.in) we have been able to shape several careers with our part-time fashion designing courses in Delhi. We regularly update these course programs to keep them in sync with the latest trends and developments in this fast changing industry and keep you ahead of the curve.

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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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JOY OF GIVING

October’s second week was appeared a lot special as International College of Fashion celebrated ‘JOY OF GIVING WEEK’. All the students teamed up and went to the different organizations and orphanages to celebrate this moment with a lot of essential stuff. They organized Art Competition and other few activities to make this event even more interesting. All the students donated stationary items, their clothes, funds and obviously the sweets for the kids. We even noticed that how much enthusiastic our kids are and have the urge to learn more.

The people handling those organizations deserve a salute from us for creating an energetic youth for the country. These organizations and day led us see the reality of life. Seeing them enthusiastic, our students became excited too and they loved to support and help them. The Joy of giving Week made us realize that we do not require any special occasion to help anyone or bring smile on anyone’s face. We can do it wherever and whenever we realize it.

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Sarojini Fashion from Sarojini Nagar

On 3rd October, 2018, We the students of BBA(F.E.) first semester visited the Sarojini nagar market to do a market survey. We all reached the place around 11 in the morning, which is usually the time when the market opens. We all collected as a group in front of a store called Big C, which is a popular showroom of clothes in the area. Then to effectively work as a team, we all divided ourselves into smaller groups and began searching through what the market had to offer.

The Sarojini nagar market is a fairly huge market to cover as a whole in one day, with shops offering the latest off-run branded clothes. These are clothes which are rejected from high rise showrooms like Zara, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Mango, United colors of Benetton, etc. just due to a minute production defect which cannot be sold at the prices and clothing standards such brands offer. Such clothes then trickle down to markets like Sarojini, where they are sold for a lot lower prices but are totally wearable.

Apart from a large number of large sized showrooms for various international and local brands, the crux of the market is formed by street side shops which sell accessories such as footwear, belts, jewellery and garments of all sizes, designs, and colors. In fact, the most famous Export Bazaar/Market for clothes is located in the backstreets of the Sarojini Nagar market. It is surrounded by 3 markets -Subzi Market, Central Market and Mandir wali side. This place is a hub for the trendsetters of colleges, from students with a tight budget, to bored housewives, tourists from other Indian states and even from abroad– they all converge here.

When it comes to shopping in budget, Sarojini Nagar undoubtedly stands to be the perfect destination! It is one of the Delhi’s famous and imperative markets and off course, a fashion destination for every girl who hunts for trendy clothes at killer prices. Right from designer bag to fashionable clothes, Sarojini Nagar never disappoints. And yes, what’s the madness behind shopping without the healthy dose of bargaining? There is no other place that can be as cheap as Sarojini Nagar.

Moreover, the concept of bargaining can be very well experienced at this place. Have you ever thought of purchasing a Mango or Zara apparel at 1/4th of its original prices? If not, then I have to suggest you to visit Sarojini Nagar. Furthermore, it will always stun you with the latest fashion trends, may it be in terms of cuts, style or color – Sarojini Nagar will turn out to be a mindboggling destination. It is always a win-win situation for you and if you’re looking for accessories, belts, clothes, shoes, sling and many more things just at the cost of your pocket money!

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AMAZON FASHION WEEK

Talking about this week, yes it’s special. Infact, very special. The India Amazon Fashion Week is happening so who wants to attend the classes! Barely anyone! So we all headed up to the fashion week and attended almost every possible show we got to grab all of it.

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The world out there is another dimension in itself where every character is unique and has its own style of complimenting the society. Every season, this week creates a lot of employment as well. It’s not only about hitting the ramp, but there are a lot of hopes, excitements, enthusiasm, creativity, efficiency, rebel and confidence. I am different and many more moods just appear together in this week.

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The social media gets crazy with the postings and uploading. A lot of people, who cannot make up to the event, wait eagerly for the images to get uploaded on social media so that they can see their admirer in beautiful attires at the earliest. Every celebrity, entrepreneur, socialist, models, journalists and what not, you meet every possible person you ever wanted to meet out there.

The hard work of the designers shows the dedication of what people will like.

 

Ritika Raj

BBA-FE(2017-20)

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INKTOBER

Here comes October or I should say ‘Inktober’! In 2009 Jake Parker started Inktober, a popular annual celebration of ink drawing during the month of October. In 2014′s Inktober, over 100,000 inked images were tagged on Twitter by participating artists. Inktober continues to be a popular social media phenomenon in 2018, with people appreciating the positive drawing habits and creativity that the concept of Inktober brings out.

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INKTOBER RULES…

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2018

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

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VIJAYA ASWANI

Vijaya Aswani is an illustrator who belongs to Bangalore. She is a great observer yet creates a pun in her every illustrated art. This Inktober, Vijaya participated in an exhibition in Bangalore where she came up with her creations like bookmarks, stamps, cards, and many more. Vijaya has an ability to just observe the people and illustrate its funny side instead of portraying them. She has her Instagram account named @spreefirit and owns a website www.spreefirit.com with 6,850 followers following her.

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She says that, ‘Spreefirit is the heart child of Vijaya. She expresses feelings and emotions through her weapons of mass creation viz. pencils and E-eccentric sense of humour.

Her aesthetic celebrates our idiosyncrasies and imperfections, making quirky drawings of feelings the real portrayal of humans, free from all existential dread.’

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According to Vijaya, an illustration is a way to express oneself with a pun in it that makes it attractive and expressive. People like Vijaya Aswani have taken art to another level. Inktober is a time of year where all the ‘arty’ people participates and celebrates it with the INK.

Ritika Raj

BBA-FE(2017-20)

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ORIENTATION WEEK MBA FE 2018

Our ICF orientation story began with the instant connection we had with our mentors and were immediately made comfortable. Everyone bonded over the fact that although ICF was a small campus, we were all just as lost and confused. It was fairly easy to make new friends during orientation because despite where we all came from, we were experiencing things we’ve never encountered before, together. Despite not getting a chance to get to know every single person at orientation at a personal level, we merely felt at ease when we later walked through campus and recognized those same friendly faces which we found kind and approachable.

Our first tryst with our future in the world of fashion started with a tête-à-tête with the Industry leaders, addressing our wondering thoughts on our careers in the fashion industry.

Excited about the experience, we stepped into the campus the next day greeted by the seniors, who were there to make our first day at the campus a flawless experience.

The entire week was well planned by our mentors to walk us through some Industry know-how, scenarios and networking with the professionals and our subject guides.

Day 1

Meena Balija

Ms. Meena Balija: Founder of Hand in Hand, visited as guest speaker for our first day of orientation week. We all were extremely delighted by her knowledge and thoughts. She very well explained how to start a business by pre-planning with the right resources. We all were very glad to have her gesture.

Day 2

We were blessed to have this day included in our orientation week. As it was Teacher’s Day we came to know about our college faculties better.

Altogether, it was a fun day with lots of dance, drama and determination.

Day 3

Praveen Tiwari

This day was more about interaction with our guest speaker and college faculties. Firstly, we had Mr. Shivraj, owner of Label AASK. He began the session by introducing himself and gave a brief on his label. Further up, we had an interactive session in which students asked questions which they had in their minds related to fashion and entrepreneurship.

Day 4

Vikas Malik

As we moved along time to our orientation week, it was more into creating enthusiasm. Firstly, we had Mr. Vikas Malik, the owner of label ‘House of Tara’, as our guest speaker today. He portrayed his journey in a very mesmerising manner that we all were charged with positive vibes. It will definitely help us to go through to all ups and downs in our entrepreneurial journey.

Next up, we had Mr. Praveen Tiwari, a weaving technologist, to introduce us to the textiles and how to identify them. Weaving was in the bloodline of their generations. He explained about Indian Handlooms and Power-looms with samples, he also introduced us to the varieties of textiles.

We enjoyed our orientation week. It was very learning and inspiring from all the guest speakers and faculties. Hope their words will be throughout with us in our own entrepreneurship journey as well.
Ananya Singh
MBA-FE(2018-20)

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ORIENTATION WEEK BBA FE

In the week of fashion’s orientation, the students are really excited to learn more and more! And like every year, ICF here gave it’s students a warm welcome. On the Monday of our orientation’s week, all the students went to Delhi Haat to learn, explore and find out what their stream of interest is. Students were really enthusiastic and curious to know about the product from the scratch till its final version. The outing was totally filled with explorations, observation and not to miss the shopping and food.

 OUR LAST GENERATION OF THE 90s[TASK]

As they are the last generation of the 90s, they were supposed to give a presentation of their role models in fashion and were supposed to dress up like 90s. The fun part in the air of ICF was the appearance of students in 90s. They were literally in their role.

DAY1

Manu Sachdeva

On Day 1, our newcomers met two renowned designers Manu Sachdeva and Bharti Mishra. Manu Sachdeva shared the journey of his designing career till now. The journey enlightened a lot about the struggle, hard work and the tasks the students will have to perform in their everyday life to grow in the fashion world. The session was really helpful for our students and even encouraged them a lot. Bharti Mishra, who is specialized in textiles, told them about the fabrics by relating the culture of India with the techniques and colors of our country.

DAY 2

Kriti Mehta

The second day was really enthusiastic and fun. Students met their own reality that how creative can they become and what can they do with their skills. Ms. Kriti Mehta, faculty of ICF, helped out the students to open up and to feel free with their ideas by a game named ‘GO ON’. The game was about to make something and hide it partially so that the second person continues it by creating something else. At the end of the day, they met a designer Mona Kapoor again with an interesting story.

DAY 3

Day 3 was fun to go out. Our newcomers went to the Doll Museum to explore the art in their surroundings with faculty with a heart of ‘let’s look something for fun’, Mrs. Sunita Chauhan. Apart from this, the guest speaker for the day was Ms. Oshana Kewal, Photographer and Multidisciplinary Designer. She graduated from NIFT Delhi in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in fashion communication. Ms. Kewal addressed the class with her experiences and gave a lot of tips regarding fashion.

DAY 4

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Day 4 it was! This day was somewhere more special, as it was started by our Prof. Gulbash Duggal, again with a fun activity. The day went forward with a guest speaker  Mr. Mayank Sehgal, an ex-Pearlite, who has his own designer label. He explained a lot of interesting elements of the struggle of a designer’s life. The day ended well with a small talk by Mr. Vinod Kaul. He is a really experienced man in the industry and has worked with a lot of known brands like Louise Phillipe, FDCI, Benetton and more.

Day 5

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The last day of the orientation week came up with a sunshine as the students got addressed by designers Ms. Sneha and Ms. Ankita. These designers ended up the orientation week with a bag full of knowledge for our newcomers.

We wish our newcomers all the very best for their journey with ICF and hope that they make the most out of the opportunities that they’re going to get in here and make ICF proud.

Ritika Raj
BBA-FE(2017-20)
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