India Fashion Summit 2018 held in Kochi
Kochi: The second annual event of India Fashion Summit (IFS), a conference on the Indian fashion Industry was held at Kochi Marriot Hotel on March 3, 2018. The summit was organized by India Fashion Incubator along with Kerala State Institute of Design and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence, Government of Kerala.
Created by Vinod Nair and Arun Balachandran, renowned fashion journalist and management expert respectively, India Fashion Summit 2018 provided an environment for sustainable development of fashion with main focus on hand-woven textiles and their incorporation in designer fashion wear. The event also acted as a nurturing platform for budding talents in the field of fashion. IFS brought various fashion stakeholders under one roof, which will eventually help in creating new and effective policies along with a sustainable future and development of new designers.
The main speakers of this year’s India Fashion Summit included leading fashion designers like Manish Malhotra, Peter D’Ascoli, Alan Alexander Kaleekal, Jebin Johny, Wendell Rodricks, Arjun Khanna, Suket Dhir and Hari Anand along with fashion journalists Neena Haridas (Editorial Director, L’Officiel India), Vinod Nair (Former Fashion Editor, Hindustan Times and Times Of India) and Online Fashion Retail Heads including Narendra Kumar (Creative Head, Amazon Fashion), Anil Chopra (Former CEO, Lakme Lever Ltd), and Nihal Rajan, Vice President & Head of Design-MFB @ Myntra Designs.
“In the last 25 years the Indian fashion industry has seen exceptional growth in terms of talent. However, we never had a platform to discuss and deliberate various aspects relating to the fashion industry in India and IFS was created to fill that void. Each year we invite leaders and youngsters to the summit and showcase before them different topics to discuss. Last year’s theme was ‘Indian Fashion – The Way Forward’ and this time it is ‘Sustainable Fashion: Hand woven Magic”, said Vinod Nair, President India Fashion Summit.
India Fashion Summit highlighted the problems that affect the fashion industry. Also, it covered various strategies that will eventually augment the competition in fashion business, keeping the industry at par with the latest consumer behavior and market trends.
About India Fashion Summit:
India fashion Summit is an event launched in the year 2016 by Vinod Nair and Arun Balachandran in association with Kerala Tourism. In 2018, Department of Labour & Skills, Government of Kerala also joined hands in the event, making it first of its kind platform where industry experts from various fields can network on different aspects of fashion industry.