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Manish Malhotra’s new collection in Dubai offers classic take on glamour

Couturier and ready-to-wear designer Manish Malhotra’s newly launched collection at his Dubai Boutique offers the designer’s classic take on glamour.

Titled, ‘The World Collection,’ the range blends global aesthetics with the UAE’s signature hues of back and gold. The collection was unveiled with a campaign shot in Mumbai with models including Eugeniya Belousova, Alicia Kaur, and Mahieka Sharma, etc. 
‘The World Collection’ features a range of floor length gowns with matching veils and headwear. The gowns are embellished with gold lacework and floral embroidery making them look like a piece of jewelry or armor. Blending classic South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Western silhouettes, the collection caters to the diverse clientele of Malhotra’s Dubai flagship store. 

Malhotra opened an exclusive brand outlet on Fashion Avenue inside Dubai Mall
in December last year to connect with non-resident Indians in the area, locals, and tourists alike. Spread across 5,000 sq ft, the store has been designed by celebrity interior designer Gauri Khan who worked with the eponymous designer himself.  


Stitching Success: A Look at India's evolving fashion education landscape

India's vibrant textile heritage and booming fashion industry have fuelled a growing demand for skilled professionals. Fashion education plays a crucial role in bridging this gap, but how does it fare on the global stage?

India’s fashion education sector is booming, with over 3,500 institutes offering programs across design, technology, and management as per All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). India boasts of a robust network of fashion schools, with the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) leading the pack. NIFT consistently ranks among the world's top fashion schools, according to Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Ranking 2023. However, a vast number of private institutions offer varying levels of quality.

Courses span diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, catering to diverse interests and career aspirations.

Table: Course offerings

Program level


Example institutions

Undergraduate degrees (B.Des, BFTech)

Comprehensive programs in fashion design, technology, and management.

NIFT, Pearl Academy, Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)

Diploma courses

Skill-oriented programs focusing on specific areas like pattern making or fashion illustration.

Numerous private institutes across India

Certificate courses

Short-term programs for beginners or skill enhancement.

Design institutes, online platforms

Challenges and opportunities

The industry demands graduates with a blend of creative vision and business understanding  and technical skills. Many institutions struggle to bridge this gap. Integrating business courses into the curriculum is crucial. For example, The Pearl Academy, known for its fashion programs, recently launched a "Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship" to equip students with business skills for the fashion industry.

Sustainable practices, digitalization, and technological advancements need to be woven into the curriculum to prepare graduates for the evolving industry. Opportunities lie in incorporating sustainable practices, embracing technology (3D printing, digital design), and fostering entrepreneurship. The need is to democratise this education. As designer Ritu Kumar says, “There's a huge opportunity for Indian fashion education to embrace sustainability and cater to the growing demand for eco-conscious clothing."

Making quality education accessible beyond Tier-I cities and through online or blended learning models can tap into a wider talent pool.

Strengths and need for improvement

India’s strength is its technical expertise as fashion schools in the country have a strong emphasis on technical skills like draping, pattern making, and construction, which are valued globally. Moreover, India's rich textile heritage is embedded in the curriculum, giving graduates an edge in understanding fabrics and materials.

However, certain areas need improvement. One of them is business acumen as integrating business management, marketing, and branding courses will equip graduates to navigate the commercial side of fashion. Also there is a need for global exposure among student. More international exchange programs and collaborations with renowned fashion schools will broaden student horizons.

The Indian fashion industry is projected to reach $300 billion by 2025  as per IBEF, creating a strong demand for skilled professionals. While there are a growing number of graduates, some may lack industry-specific skills, requiring additional training or upskilling program. The demand for skilled fashion professionals is high, especially with the growth of e-commerce and the domestic fashion market. However, concerns exist regarding the employability of graduates from less-established institutions.

Investing in robust fashion education that fosters creativity, business acumen, and global awareness will be instrumental in propelling India's fashion industry to the forefront of the global stage.


Libas to expand D2C footprint in collaboration with GoKwik

Ethnic fashion brand, Libas plans to expand its D2C footprint in collaboration with eCommerce enabler GoKwik.

Leverging its collaboration with GoKwik, Libas aims to optimise the checkout experience for shoppers by leverging the KwikCheckout solution. This one-click checkout solution will help Libas provide customers a hassle-free shopping experience thus driving increased conversions and customer satisfaction, says Sidhant Keshwani, Founder and CEO.

Through KwikCheckout shoppers can bypass the step of logging in every time they shop from a website. Moreover, 1 in every 3 eCommerce shoppers is already shopping on GoKwik’s network. As a result, GoKwik also prefills up to 85 per cent of addresses, reducing drop-offs that come at the address page. With industry best payment success rates and high payment assurance, merchants on
KwikCheckout are able to unlock higher conversion rates and revenue growth.

Reflecting the benefits of the partnership, Libas is already seeing a 10 per cent rise in conversions, and prepaid transactions.

Libas to expand D2C footprint in collaboration with GoKwik

Designer Manish Arora launches inaugural solo collection in the United States

Renowned Indian designer Manish Arora has made his debut in the United States fashion market by launching his inaugural solo exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Launched on March 27, the collection delineates Arora’s colorful journey in the world fashion. It showcases a wide range of looks from his dynamic collections over the years.

Dubbed 'Life is Beautiful', the exhibition urges visitors to immerse themselves in the Arora's effervescent world. It captures his three cherished emotions: happiness, joy, and celebration—integral elements that adorn life with beauty.

Among the highlights of the exhibition is Arora's acclaimed film 'Holi Holy' (2013), which delves into the rich tapestry of Indian traditions surrounding widowhood, offering a profound cultural exploration alongside his exuberant fashion displays.

Collaborating closely with Rafael Gomes, Creative Director, Scad Fash, Arora meticulously curated a selection of his most iconic creations for the showcase. Notable pieces include the striking 'Indian Scottish Kilt' from his spring/summer 2008 collection and the illustrious 'Incredible India' ensemble from spring/summer 2006, each emblematic of Arora's bold aesthetic and innovative spirit.

The collection enables Arora to offer a burst of color and creativity to the American audience, leaving an indelible mark on the fashion landscape of the United States.


India’s luxury fashion sector grows by 33% over past year: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee says, India’s luxury sector saw a massive growth of 33 per cent across segments over the past one year, with jewelry sales growing at about 76 per cent.

The designer presented an exclusive collection of jewelry, clothing and other accessories at Saks Fifth Avenue’s new Beverly Hills flagship from March 7-16, 2024. He also launched a limited edition lipstick collection, to be exclusively available at Selfridges during the month.

Last yearMukherjee opened his largest flagship store in Mumbai and his first exclusive jewelry boutique at Taj Krishna in Hyderabad, India. He also collaborated with global eyewear brand Morgenthal Frederics and Bergdorf Goodman. Looking ahead, Mukherjee plans to introduce more entry-level categories, with an aim to establish a truly global Indian luxury brand.

Meanwhile, Gautam Sinha, Founder, Nappa Dori, plans to expand the brand’s operations to Europe and the Middle East. It plans to launch its second store in London besides enhancing operations in Dubai.

Uzma Irfan, Director-Corporate Communications, Prestige Group, notes, demand for luxury Indian brands is on a rise, leading to the UB City mall in Bengaluru being fully occupied. To expand their operations, indigenous luxury brands plan to expand into newer malls.

Pushpa Bector, Senior Executive Director, DLF Retail, highlights, the lndian luxury landscape is expanding beyond weddings with notable designer brands like Arpita Mehta, Jayanti Reddy, Dabiri, and Anushree Reddy establishing their presence in malls like Emporio in Delhi.


Fashion retail in India to move towards hyper-personalisation: Experts

Moving away from traditional discounting practices, the fashion retail sector in India plans to adopt hyper-personalisation similar to a bespoke model.

According to experts at the India Fashion Forum (IFF), in Bengaluru, the industry currently faces a lot of problems due to conventional discounting methods. These discounts are often caused by excess inventory resulting from large-scale production, said Suparna Mitra, CEO, Titan Watches & Wearables. She advocated a deeper understanding of the consumer behavior as a solution to this problem.

Shailesh Chaturvedi, Managing Director and CEO, Arvind Fashions, advised brands to be more authentic and innovative to satisfy the demands of increasingly discerning consumers. Chaturvedi also emphasised on the potential of disruptive technologies like generative AI and customer data algorithms in enhancing consumer insights.

Shivanee Dutt, Director, Brand Marketing & Merchandising , Snapdeal, highlighted the importance of personalised shopping experiences to consumers. She emphasised on the need for tailored communication strategies driven by consumer data insights to resonate deeply with today's audience.

The integration of generative AI and data analytics is revolutionising marketing strategies and reshaping the fashion retail landscape both in India and globally, noted the participants at IFF. Highlighting the rule of technology as the largest value creator, Saloni Nangia, President & Managing Director, Technopak Advisors, said, AI serves as both an enabler and disruptor while underscoring the continued importance of sustainability.

Murali Balan, Co-founder, Tenovia, emphasised on the transformative power of data analytics in guiding strategic decision-making. He pointed out that data-driven insights unlock opportunities for personalisation, enabling brands to offer bespoke experiences tailored to individual preferences.



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