Taking the lead once again in creating conversations on fashion and the industry, Lakmé Fashion Week today hosted the first ever ‘Fashion Talks’ at WeWork office spaces in BKC Mumbai.
The country’s leading young designers, Nikhil Thampi and Nishka Lulla together with IMG Reliance’s Head of Fashion Jaspreet Chandok came together to discuss various facets of fashion and creativity in India today. Well known stylist Ekta Rajani was the moderator of the panel discussion.
Designer Nikhil Thampi spoke about his journey from a psychology student to one of the country’s most distinguished designers, having dressed the leading ladies of Bollywood. Nishka Lulla shared her story of learning and growing as a designer with her mother, designer Neeta Lulla’s creative influence. Both Nishka and Nikhil shared their experiences, spoke about the challenges they faced as young designers, their learnings and their vision for the future of fashion design. The designers showcased three iconic looks each from their collections.
A leading, experienced voice from the business side of design and retail in India, Mr. Jaspreet Chandok added to the understanding of the climate of creativity and entrepreneurship in India today. It was an engaging session during which Ekta Rajani egged the panelists on to cover varied topics including retail trends to brand collaborations and celebrity styling.
Jaspreet Chandok, Head of Fashion – IMG Reliance said, “The fashion landscape in India is constantly evolving with young designers who bring fresh and new ideas to the fore every season at Lakmé Fashion Week. We are happy to debut Fashion Talks at WeWork which serves as the perfect place for creators to meet and collaborate. This was the first of many such immersive discussions which we plan to have on an ongoing basis”
Nishka Lulla, Designer said, “Fashion Talks by Lakmé Fashion Week and IMG Reliance at WeWork was a great initiative as there are so many young designers who want to know more about the business of fashion as it is the need of the hour. I think the initiative was highly fruitful as it is great for aspiring designers to hear about the industry directly from individuals who have been a part of it. I think it was a great workshop!”
Nlikhil Thampi, Designer said, “It’s been six years since I have been a part of the fashion industry. My career’s starting point was at Lakmé Fashion Week, so I have an emotional attachment with the platform. Everyone perceives fashion industry to be very glamourous, but very few know of the challenges we face.
We got together for the Fashion Talks at We Work in association with a platform like Lakmé Fashion Week to share our insights and experiences first hand.”
Ekta Rajani, Stylist said, “This evening was all about sharing. WeWork is an amazing, creative space that brings professionals from different walks of life together. Lakmé Fashion week and IMG Reliance organized this Fashion Talk with Nikhil Thampi and Nishka Lulla at WeWork to encourage the habit of sharing the learning curve with the next set of young aspirants who wish to join the fashion business.”
“WeWork is a platform for creators and we truly believe in offering a holistic creative experience in our workspaces. By hosting Fashion Talks with Lakmé Fashion Week at WeWork BKC, we are bringing together some of the best creative minds through an event that is designed to inspire our community. We conduct a lot of events, as it’s an integral part of the WeWork experience. Our goal is to support our community in the best possible way”, said Karan Virwani, General Manager, WeWork India.