Kochi hosted the second edition of India Fashion Summit 2018, The Premier National Conference for the Fashion Industry on March 3, 2018 at Kochi Marriott Hotel. The event was organised by India Fashion Incubator in association with Kerala State Institute of Design and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence, Government of Kerala. Envisaged by eminent fashion journalist, Vinod Nair and Management expert Arun Balachandran, India Fashion Summit 2018 provided an ecosystem for sustainable development of fashion with prime focus on promoting hand-woven textiles in designer fashion and nurturing exceptional young talents in the field of fashion. IFS brought together various fashion stakeholders under one roof and will eventually act as an ecosystem for the effective policy making, sustainable development and developing designers of the future.
The main speakers included pioneers of the industry such as leading fashion designers Manish Malhotra, Peter D’Ascoli, Wendell Rodricks, Arjun Khanna, Suket Dhir, Alan Alexander Kaleekal, Jebin Johny and Hari Anand, fashion journalists Anil Chopra (Former CEO, Lakme Lever Ltd), Vinod Nair (Former Fashion Editor, Hindustan Times and Times Of India) and Neena Haridas (Editorial Director, L’Officiel India) and Online Fashion Retail Heads including Narendra Kumar (Creative Head, Amazon Fashion) and Nihal Rajan, Vice President & Head of Design-MFB @ Myntra Designs.
“In the last 25 years the Indian fashion industry has seen tremendous growth by means of talents, structured ways of doing business through fashion weeks organized by various organizations like Fashion Design Council of India as well as Lakme and IMG Reliance. In the early years we didn’t have had a chance to discuss and deliberate various aspects relating to the fashion industry in India and then India Fashion Summit was created to fill that void. Each year we invite the leaders as well as youngsters to the summit and present before them different topics to discuss and give their points of views. Last time the theme was ‘Indian Fashion – The Way Forward‘ and this year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Fashion: Hand woven Magic’“, said Vinod Nair, President of India Fashion Summit. “Kerala has some of the best hand woven fabrics in the country and we propose to introduce the same to the designer industry through this summit. Well known designer Manish Malhotra has used some of the hand woven fabrics from Kerala and interpreted the same through his creations especially for this Summit,” he added.
Dr. Sriram Venkitaraman IAS, the Managing Director of KASE said, “I am extremely happy to be associating with the India Fashion Summit 2018. This will be an opportunity for Kerala State Institute of Design and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence to project their presence to an international audience. KASE being the Skill Development Mission of Kerala, this association is also a reflection of the potential for skilling in the arena of Fashion Design. I look forward to a long and meaningful relation with IFS, one that will be mutually beneficial and will contribute to development of the Fashion Design industry in the state.”
IFS discussed mainly the view of the issues that impact the fashion industry. It also covered strategies that will enhance the competitiveness of the fashion business as well as issues needed to sustain the growth of the fashion industry keeping it on par with the emergence of new consumer trends and behavior. The main objectives of the summit were: – To launch and develop new initiatives in the business of fashion – To build a well-connected, collaborative fashion network for tomorrow – To find, develop and promote budding talents in the field of fashion – To create a mentor platform for the young talents – To promote hand-woven textiles and artisan work – To formally launch the India Fashion Incubator About India Fashion Summit India Fashion Summit was launched in 2016 as a destination event by well-known Indian fashion journalist Vinod Nair and IIM alumnus Arun Balachandran along with Kerala Tourism. In 2018 Department of Labour & Skills, Government of Kerala joined hands with the event. First of its kind in the country, IFS has been positioned as a dialogue platform where industry experts from India and abroad can meet, network and deliberate various aspects of the Indian fashion industry and provide a 360-degree view of various issues impacting the fashion industry.