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Here’s How A Runway Model Should Walk

A runway model must have a good body, but more importantly she must have confidence, attitude, style, grace

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It has a lot to do with your attitude, how you carry yourself and your confidence. Pixabay

A runway model must have a good body, but more importantly she must have confidence, attitude, style, grace and versatility.

IANSlife spoke to the jury who selected fresh faces for the upcoming Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (LMIFW) SS’20 to find out what it takes to be a runway model. The 34th edition of India’s biggest fashion event will be held from October 9 to 13 at the National Stadium in the capital.

*Payal Jain, Jury: It’s in the attitude

Arresting looks and personality count for more than a pretty face when it comes to picking a model. Good looks help for sure, but it doesn’t stop there. It has a lot to do with your attitude, how you carry yourself and your confidence. I have seen women of different ages, sizes and shapes. Some have been short; other plus sized. Some were young, some old. I believe all are beautiful. But finally, it’s the attitude that counts.

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She must have a good body, of course, but more importantly she must have confidence, attitude, style, grace and versatility, or the ability to carry off whatever is given to her. Pixabay

*Sunil Sethi, President FDCI: Inclusive Diversity

This season, LMIFW is all about “My Fashion My Tribe”, and “My Fashion My Vibe”; it’s all-inclusive. After 20 years, there are no height or weight restrictions when it comes to choosing the models. And the response has been terrific. Nearly 400 girls came for the FDCI auditions in Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi, not just from these cities but also from Shillong, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Chandigarh and Panipat. We have shortlisted 38 models in all. They include petite girls, transgenders and plus-sized models. I don’t want to say any more; you will see our selection on the ramp.

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*Anjana Bhargav, Jury: Ability to carry off any ensemble

There are five things that a model needs to master before showing up for an audition. She must have a good body, of course, but more importantly she must have confidence, attitude, style, grace and versatility, or the ability to carry off whatever is given to her. That last factor is very important. (IANS)

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Creativity, Not In Business For Indian Fashion

As his fraternity scales up brands and diversifies its product ranges, designer Rocky S sits pretty – he broke that ground years ago

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Santa Fe Indian Market Fashion show 2014. Wikimedia Commons

As his fraternity scales up brands and diversifies its product ranges, designer Rocky S sits pretty – he broke that ground years ago. The designer insists that creativity is always serious business.

“I diversified my product range and brand almost five years ago. The Rocky S brand has a high street label called ‘RS’ and I tied up with Shoppers Stop for retail in its over 60 stores across the country. Everything is under Rs 2,000. I also have a perfume line, a furniture line and I have also launched my own resto-bar,” said the designer.

Asked whether he is also looking to scale up the Rocky S brand, he said, “I’m always looking at the possibility for new things, one of which is to establish my brand internationally. But for that I need to build the brand to the level, where I can engage with an investor, a partner who knows the international space and can spearhead the collaboration, leaving me to do the creative work. I do believe there is a right time and a place for everything, and when my time for an international collaboration comes, I will make the best of it.”

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A model wears a Naga costume designed by Thunyatorn Ng at New York Fashion Week 2018. (VOA)

At the moment, the designer, who has dressed the likes of Beyoncé, Paris Hilton and the Pussycat Dolls, is gearing up for his seventh showcase at the prestigious London Fashion Week. And his collection is inspired from a royal Bougainvillea garden with summery colours such as fuschia, hot pink, dusky orange and a hint of the dark side with hues like black, grey and ivory. “The style is easy with loose trousers, anti-fit shirt, flirty dresses,” he said.

Rocky S reveals that his decision to focus on the London Fashion Week was driven by the need to focus on the business of fashion, without getting bogged down with the business of celebrity influencers and paid partnerships.

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“I realised long back that creativity is not at the forefront of fashion in India. Much of fashion week today is about influencers and celebrity collaborations. Actors dictate fashion, the media loves to add and promote the frenzy. That’s one of the reasons why I prefer the London platform, it looks at trends for the upcoming season, setting the tone and the tempo. It’s not following trends or only about who is wearing you clothes,” explained the designer.

So while influencers and paid partnerships might be the big game right now, the designer insists that creativity is always serious business. (IANS)