As a part of the on-going Vadodara Film & Design Festival, Vadodara Fashion Week, a flagship event of the festival, brought together some of the leading minds in the fashion world, while spotlighting some of the leading designs, from Parul Institute of Design’s upcoming fashion designers. The fashion Week had on spotlight some of the most unique designs and the finest creative expressions of sustainable fashion all from the artistic minds of the PU final year fashion design students. From tradition to modern collections, the event featured multiple sequences with transitions being introduced by prominent showstoppers, the likes of Ms Bhakti Kubavat, among others. Beyond a platform for exhibition, the event also provided a platform for the students to enhance their knowledge through masterclasses, from fashion experts such as Ken Ferns, a celebrated Fashion Designer.
The graduation fashion show was organised for the final year students in effort to usher them into the new world of fashion designing. The designs consisted of an array of contemporary and traditional aesthetics such as Free Fire by Mansi Panchal & Rutwa Chauhan. This design collection was influenced by the popular battleground game free fire while Marine Life by Aum Darji & Disha Patel was a formal design with a blend of an earthly touch to display calmness and peace was also on feature. Gunj by Dhwani Haripura & Dharvi Parikh also showcased their creative prowess through designs aimed to revive the traditional wear such as Bandhani from Gujarati. Khushi & Suhani also came up with a highly innovative blend of design Youngistan, which is a Rajasthani inspired ornamentation celebrating the younger generation.
In addition to spotlighting the design collections, the event also provided a platform for learning through a masterclass with the renowned fashion designer Ken Ferns. The Mumbai based designer, during his masterclass shared his insights with the PID fashion design students, expressing the significance of fashion and the role of designers in shaping the fashion narrative. He also commended the institute and the students for their curated pieces. Ferns, is a leading name in the world of fashion, having to his name multiple costumes, business & corporate designs. Amongst his many leading achievements, Ken Ferns has been showcasing his line of couture and pret at platforms like the LAKME Fashion and India Beach Fashion Week. Over his career, he has been invited to platforms such as India Luxury Style Week. Mysore Fashion Week, India Runway Week, the Times Fashion Week, and now the most recent Vadodara Fashion Week at Parul Institute of Design. He has also shaped the television industry, as a wardrobe stylist and designer for India's biggest reality shows, the likes of Bigg Boss from the past 15 seasons, Nach Baliye for the past 6 seasons, Jhalakh Dikh La Ja among others.
Also as a part of the collections, connection by Aman Singh & Sruti Patel was a line designed with the goal of connecting artists to abstract emotions through the playful combination of colours. The unique art pieces designed by the students were showcased by famous national and international models as well top celebrities such Netri Trivedi a Gujarati & Theatre actress, Bhakti Kubavat an actress and model, and Shraddha Dangar an actress and model were among the show stopping models.
Flowy Roxo, a collection by Dhwani Patel & Happy Suthar was also featured and created a beautiful collection themed on the galaxy. Dutch Diaries by Jinal Patel is a design inspired by dar Simone and the Dutch through the combination of textiles and the use of patchwork. Threads of Life by Arti Kumari was a design aimed to pull the negative threads of emotions and turn them into extraordinary creations, ColourPop by Devarshi Patel brought together different colours to make attires for resorts and a coastal feel. Muddle by Stuti Mishra was Inspired by chaos and confusion in the world, it is a streetwear collection targeting a zero-waste and a sustainability campaign. The Pantaloon Cult by Zeel Shah is a collection that mixes the cultural art of “Ajrakh”- block painting and the modern denim to create something that’s bold and with an authentic experience. Destroyed by Gautami Das was also a part of the design collections targeting distortions and alternating shapes of objects, and turning them into something pleasing and wearable.
Moreover, A panel of expert judges were present to share constructive insight and to evaluate the work presented by the students. This occasion also sought to celebrate the hard work and dedication the students have contributed during their academic journey giving the students one last opportunity to showcase their skill sets and creative work before they venture into the industry.