The Indian fashion industry has established a significant presence in the international market. In recent times, it is being viewed both as a monumental and influential platform for the global fashion industry. The time is not far when Indian cities will be rubbing shoulders with global fashion hubs like Paris, Milan, New York and London. To showcase the magnificence of the Indian fashion industry, Careers360 presents a list of the top 10 fashion shows that have earned a reputation for beauty and brilliance across the country, with India’s top designers showcasing their creations across these shows. These shows are the forerunners, responsible for the acclaim the Indian fashion industry is commanding worldwide.
Let’s go through the list of the top 10 fashion shows organised across India.
1. Lakme Fashion Week
The first fashion show to have ever taken place in India, the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), is a bi-annual Indian fashion event organised in Mumbai. LFW Summer Resort, the first show, takes place in February, while the second, LFW Winter Event is conducted in August. This is arguably India's most prominent fashion show, controlled by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and sponsored by Lakme.
LFW was first held in August 1999 in New Delhi and the landmark event saw as many as 33 leading designers including Ritu Beri, Tarun Tahiliani, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal and Manish Arora first present their creations at the national level.
Since then, LFW has continued to enjoy the status of being the most popular and happening Indian fashion event. Designers like Vikram Phadnis, Sabysachi Mukherjee, Rocky S, Manish Malhotra, and many more have contributed to the show's glamour quotient in recent years by succesfully integrating Bollywood and fashion on a single runway.
2. Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) is yet another popular bi-annual Indian fashion event, famous for presenting summer and winter clothing collections. Run by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and funded by Wills Lifestyle, it sees more than a hundred designers, both new and well-known, participate in each edition. The Autumn-Winter event is organised in March, while the Spring-Summer show takes place in October. Outstanding designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Janavi, Alpana & Neeraj, etc. regularly display their work here. WIFW is known for offering a sizeable platform for budding designers to showcase their work.
3. Van Heusen India Men's Week
India's first show exclusively devoted to displaying men’s fashion, the Van Heusen India Men's Week was started in 2009 following a tie-up between leading lifestyle brand, Van Heusen, and the FDCI. Involving the participation of leading fashion designers such as Ashish Soni, Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Manoviraj Khosla, Rohit Bal, Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi, this male-oriented fashion show has resulted in Indian menswear growing and flourishing at a rapid rate.
4. India Bridal Fashion Week
Known for presenting the best trends and designs in bridal couture contributed by top designers, the IBFW is held annually in the cities of Mumbai and Delhi and is counted among the top fashion shows of India. Heritage brands, Bollywood superstars and fashion trendsetters are all regular participants at the India Bridal Fashion Week. This five-day fashion show is the most popular destination for lovers of Indian fashion and wedding trousseau, and sees both established and budding fashion designers network with potential clients and leave their impressions on the wedding fashion scene.
5. Bangalore Fashion Week
Established in 2009 and organised in the IT capital of India, the BFW is a bi-annual fashion event. With participation in the event being ‘by invitation only’, the prestigious fashion week provides maximum exposure to designers from South India to showcase their collections. Not only does the show provide aspiring designers with a noticeable debut, but also gives them a great opportunity to strengthen their footing in the domain. Bangalore Fashion Week is also known for organising world tours for the purpose of showcasing India’s craftsmanship with past events being held in Bangkok and Dubai.
6. North India Fashion Week
This fashion event is famous for exhibiting talent and rich craftsmanship from various parts of Northern India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Uttar Pradesh. NIFW focusses on the verticals of retail, experience and consultancy for aspiring fashion designers as well as trendsetters.
7. India Couture Week
The FDCI-backed India Couture Week commenced its journey with top models and designers from July 2016 onwards. The event centres on presenting the cultural diversity of India, celebrating its wonderful craftsmanship, innovative textiles, glorious embroideries and intricate techniques.
8. Synergy 1 Delhi Couture Week
FDCI organises this fashion week, which brands itself as a tribute to Indian couture. The couture culture introduced in India by fashion experts like Tarun Tahiliani and Ritu Kumar has become very popular, with the former being considered as India’s undisputed couture king at the moment. Top-notch fashion designers like Ritu Beri, Varun Bahl, JJ Valaya, Tarun Tahiliani and Feroze Gujral are also known to participate in this much awaited event.
9. Indore Fashion Week
Powered by Blenders Pride, the event takes place every year in Indore. It is controlled by Storm Fashion Company and presents shows by top designers like Rocky S, Jatinn Kochhar, Riyaz Ganji, Poonam Vora and Sanjana Jon. Madhya Pradesh’s traditional handwork like Begham and Anarkali Collection are often showcased in the Indore Fashion Week. The event is also known for exhibiting western and bridal trousseau.
10. Rajasthan Fashion Week
RFW, a grand and royal event which began in 2012, has become renowned for showcasing a perfect blend of glamour and new age elements. The Rajasthan Fashion Week is an extended venture of Starlite Entertainment, Mumbai, and displays the work of both native designers and fashion giants.
Aimed at preserving the aesthetic values of Indian tradition, the event plays host to well-known fashion designers including Neeta Lulla, Ritu Kumar, Vikram Phadnis, Lina Tipnis, Kirti Rathore and Shaahid Amir among others.
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