Top-notch luxe fashion designers discuss emerging trends

March 20th, 2012 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, March 20 (IANS) It’s time to take the fashion industry forward with some of the best creative minds from from India and abroad, including well-known Italian designer Angela Missoni, gathering here to discuss emerging trends in luxury fashion at the 14th edition of International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institute conference (IFFTI).

“I am always impressed when I see the potential of a creative talent and I like to support it by sharing my experience with young aspiring designers all over the world,” said Missoni, who is back in India after 20 years, adding she is excited to see the pace at which the design industry here is growing.

The five-day annual conference, this time hosted by the Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF), will conclude Thursday.

The first three days were dedicated to students of fashion institutes, while panel discussions will be held on the last two days.

Apart from Missoni, other international bigwigs from the luxury fashion industry like Romeo Gigli; Jeffry M. Aronsson, president and CEO of Donna Karan International; and Simon Lock, creative director of Dubai Fashion Week, will exchange views during the various sessions.

“We are proud to host some of the most creative minds from across the globe and provide an exclusive platform for the exchange of ideas, collaborative research and development in fashion design, technology and business and related industries in India and abroad,” Sharad Mehra, COO of Pearl Academy of Fashion, told IANS.

He said last year, PAF had sent 44 students to the NABA Academy in Milan, where Missoni will serve as faculty from 2013. This year more than 70 students from PAF will be sent as part of NABA’s Summer School.

The first edition of IFFTI was held in India, while the subsequent editions were held abroad. It has returned to India after 13 editions.

“The idea behind bringing IFFTI to India is to further enhance the exposure for students and provide a platform to bring industry leaders together to discuss the scope and future of fashion and design education industry. Multicultural transformation in fashion, rise of retail and brands in India, presence of India on the map of fashion and design will help our industry grow,” Mehra explained.

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