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Amazon India Fashion Week : Art inspires Pankaj-Nidhi’s news fashion collection

Pankaj & Nidhi's collection was inspired by the paintings, sculptures and craft they saw at the exhibition

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Fashion model representing fashion collection.(Representational Image)

New Delhi, October 16, 2016: Attending an art exhibition while holidaying in London inspired popular designer duo Pankaj & Nidhi’s new spring-summer collection titled Chromatiqu, showcased on the penultimate day of the five-day Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Spring-Summer 2017.

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Pankaj & Nidhi’s collection was inspired by the paintings, sculptures and craft they saw at the exhibition. The line, which included dresses, high-waisted pants, pencil skirts, off shoulder tops and peplums, was dominated by pastel hues like white, red, green yellow and metallic colours such as silver.

Talking about the collection, Pankaj told reporters: “We wanted to do something different for spring-summer this time and we were in London in an art exhibition so that inspired us to think more like artistes…sculptures and painter related things. So we used chrome and steel elements…We had Alot of fun doing this collection…It is very art and craft inspired.”

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Since the pair completed 10 years of their journey in the Indian fashion industry, the designers decided to share the excitement with the guests. The ramp was set decorated with white balloons and as soon as the show ended the designers were called with loud cheers on the runway.

Asked about their 10-year-journey in fashion, Nidhi told IANS in a group interaction: “That’s why we were in a celebratory mood. We thought Aof a big party and we did a big set up because that was out frame of mind.”

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“What we enjoyed with this collection was the abstract and spontaneous way of doing things, which we were very inspired by this art exhibit,” she added.

AIFW, presented by the Fashion Design Council Of India (FDCI), commenced on Wednesday and will end on Sunday evening when ace fashion designer JJ Valaya will be bringing the curtains down.(IANS)

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Eco-friendly Fashion: Should India Contribute on this Booming Global Market?

Changing the face of Indian textiles

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Eco-friendly fashion: The Golden Book Gown made of recycled book pages. Wikimedia
  • Designer Nandita Mahtani says that the fashion industry over the years has changed in many ways
  • The designer also has an international reach with participation in events like Australia Fashion Week, Colombo Couture Fest and Chivas Fashion Tour
  • Mahtani has recently come up with her new line White Wash and her fondness for white is the inspiration behind the collection

New Delhi, June 21, 2017: Designer Nandita Mahtani says sustainable and eco-friendly fashion is a booming market worldwide and India as a country can contribute to that segment in a big way.

“A huge booming market worldwide is sustainable and eco-friendly fashion, which I feel is something India can contribute in a much bigger way than it is now,” Mahtani, who is in the industry for over a decade, told IANS in an interview.

She has styled celebrities like Virat Kohli, Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif and Sushmita Sen.

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“We have some of the best cottons, khadi and organic fabrics available at our disposal. The main issue is the processes tend to be very expensive. But soon enough, we should be able to find a balance and do our part,” she added.

Known for her mastery in luxurious resort wear, Mahtani’s USP lies in her using Indian embroideries subtly translated into feminine western silhouettes and a progressive style acumen shown in fashion shows like Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) and Blenders Pride Fashion Tour.

The designer also has an international reach with participation in events like Australia Fashion Week, Colombo Couture Fest and Chivas Fashion Tour. The latest is an association with Mercedes Benz for a Luxe drive where she will showcase her collection.

Mahtani says that the fashion industry over the years has changed in many ways.

“The fashion industry was difficult to get in when I started. Today people are more open to experimenting with their styles and standing up for their beliefs and ideology through fashion.

“Also, initially people were more influenced by the west, but now even India has a great domestic market for export and buyers. In general, globally, smaller countries are exporting fashion all over the world,” she said.

She also feels that with the availability of so much technology, sky is the limit for the designers nowadays.

“With all the tools and resources available today, designing can be very innovative. Educating oneself and being updated has become so easy with the internet and outstanding tutorials. From creating graphics, prints on your desktop to choosing any shade of any colour — everything is a fingertip away,” said Mahtani.

She has also done various interior projects in India and abroad.

Recalling her journey from when she started designing, she said: “It’s been over a decade since I launched my first resort wear line and I still remember the overwhelming response I got at my first fashion show.

“At the time, no one was really aware of resort wear in India as a line that can be worn to a brunch or night out. People were excited to see something different… We started selling backstage. Then there was no looking back,” she added.

Mahtani has recently come up with her new line White Wash and her fondness for white is the inspiration behind the collection.

“I absolutely love white — from my wardrobe to my house interiors, everything is white. The main idea behind the line is breathable fabrics like cotton and easy to slip on silhouettes that can be taken from a day to night look with a blink of an eye,” said the designer, who is currently working on a pret and couture line for her label and store apart from working on an international project. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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