In the times of pandemic, DESCATUK conducted their flagship event DESCATUK NNF Fashion Trends 2021-22 to connect with 500+ student designers and professionals around the world to exchange ideas on sustainable, circular Fashion Revolution Week 2021, Dr Vishaka Karnad, Honorary Secretary from the “Textiles” Special Interest Group Textile Institute India, & Associate Professor Department of Textile & Fashion Technology, College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan Mumbai, declared the winners for the Design Competition under NNF Kids Fashion, NNF Womens Fashion, NNF Mens Fashion, NNF Home Decor, NNF Emerging Fashion categories amongst Twelve Finalists. This event helped students and budding designers to invest their ideas and efforts in designing fashions directed to sustainability. It was a means of engaging their creative minds in conceptualizing innovative theme-based designs keeping them away from the pandemic worries. This event motivated them to create sustainable circular fashions to contribute to the fashion industry.
This virtual event was attended by Manmohan Chauhan, Head Sales Welspun India, Pradeep Kumar COO WFB Baird, Pradeep Lunawat, Angel Investor, B B Bharti , Ex Additional Director Ministry of Textiles, Nupur Singh, Sourcing and Sustainability Expert, Tarun Bajaj, Business Head Magnolia Pearl South-East Asia and many more fashion textile professionals. The finalists were selected by the members of “Design Review Board” comprising of experts from the field of circular and sustainable fashions. Out of the 250+ submissions from 30+ fashion institutes around the world, the finalists reached the contest finale held on 2nd May 2021 after several scrutiny and mentoring sessions organized since 5th March 2021.
Team from the Department of Textile and Fashion Technology College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan represented by Arvi Mandviwala, Jinanshi Shah and Hardi Desai, mentored by Prof. Neha Mulchandani were the winners with their Morphed Styles Collection including Jumper-suits and other trendy convertible garments with creative Fanny Bags and other accessory designs for NNF Kids Fashion. Team of Surat Education and Research Society were winners in NNF Women Fashion for their theme Reversible Reefer presented by Mitsu Adeusara, Anuj Ribadita, Drashti Goyani, and Vrushti under the guidance of Pooja Phalak of NIFT Mumbai – Project Associate DESCAT.
NNF Men’s Fashion winner from MIT -Institute of Design Sandra Joseph Morris mentored by Prof Ms Maithilee Gohel. School of Fashion Technology Pune. Kalyani Duo’s Meadow – multi usable Home Fashion with DIY End of cycle was the winner in NNF Home Decor. Gender-less fashion is winner in NNF Emerging fashion category by INSD, Pune presented Jigisha mentored by Vaishali Honrao.
Dr. Manju Hundekar, Principal School of Fashion Technology was honored for the maximum participation of their students from SOFT during the NNF Design Competition 2021. The presentations from the students of Wuhan University and BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology received special appreciation from the jury for their innovative and circular approach. Mr. Timir Roy Chairman Textiles Special Interest Group The Textile Institute witnessed one of the presentation and was very appreciative of the work presented by the participants. Mr. Anuj Sharma Founder of Alsisar Impact, Mr. Manohar Samuel Advisor Sustainability at Grasim Industries Limited, DJ Gohain Director and Publisher Textile Excellence Ms. Nureen Das MIT India Program Manager, Ms. Priyanka Khanna known for circular economy and international growth strategies and Dr. Prakash C Director Indian Institute of Handloom Technology also shared their opinions and provided positive feedback and direction to the participants for their work presented during the series of design presentations. Many other Design Review Board members contributed in the formulation of the design competition criteria and helped in the selection of the final designs.
Ms. Mrunmayi Mangeshkar Ms. Anjali Namdhari Ms. Tushita Verma Ms. Sharmili Maji were amongst some of the mentors who meticulously and consistently guided the participants for enhancing their presentation skills.
The finale was concluded with the launch of new products from DESCATUK – 12 Ne LIVA NNF 50:50 yarn co-created with Birla Cellulose, low GSM LIVA NNF Hand loom Fabrics for apparel, NNF Wool Linen collection and NNF Wool knitted throws during the competition.
Mr. Manmohan Chauhan Sr Vice President Welspun India announced all possible opportunities for finalists In Welspun India. Speaking on the occasion Mr. K D Sharma CEO DESCATUK congratulated the winners and offered them paid Summer Internship/Pre Placement offers. All their collections will be uploaded in the special section of DESCATUK website for the interested sustainable brands for collaboration with these Designers. He has shown Gratitude was expressed to the event sponsors Alsisar Impact, Usha Yarn, Resitor, Members of Design Review Board, Mentors, and team DESCATUK for their immense contributions to make NNF DESIGN COMPETITION 2021 a big success in fashion campus.
Finalists, Faculty mentors, Design Review Board member are offered FREE annual membership worth Rs 2500/- of Dev UK Foundation a charity arm of DESCATUK and guided NNF cluster tour in COVID free environment during 2021-22, announced by Mr K D Sharma. NNF Design Competition 2022-23, will be conducted by Dev UK Foundation. Mr K D Sharma greeted Mr. Anuj Sharma Founder Alsisar Impact for accepting Trustee in The Dev UK Foundation. Women power in the Board of Directors of DESCATUK strengthened with the joining of Dr Vishaka Karnad of the Textile Institute & Assoc. Prof. Department of Textile and Fashion Technology at College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan Mumbai. “We hope to see more such initiatives from DESCATUK, to bring out the sustainable initiatives, the connect the ecosystem of fashion influencers to industry experts helping students to realize their ideas from the lens of execution” as stated by Mr BB Bharti Ex Additional Commissioner Ministry of Textile in his concluding remarks .
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