Last night at a celebratory function held at BKC One, Mumbai, The Woolmark Company announced four winners of its inaugural Wool Runway design competition, aimed at giving tertiary students a kick-start with their fashion career. Ankit Kajla (Wool Runway winner), Kavya Doultani (1st Runner Up), Miloni Kothari (2nd Runner Up) and Apoorva Wadhwa (2nd Runner Up) not only win financial support, but also exciting internships with Raymond, Madura Fashion & Lifestyle and fashion magazine Grazia. Dressed in a Merino wool outfit designed by designer Nachiket Barve, actress Vaani Kapoor presented the awards to the four winners and congratulated their innovative use of wool in their designs.
Miloni Kothari Wool Runway Creation Kavya Doultani Wool Runway Creation
Ankit Kajla Wool Runway Creation Apoorva Wadhwa Wool Runway Creation
L to R Designer Troy Costa, Actress Vaani Kapoor, Arti Gudal Country Manager,Woolmark Company, India with the winners Ankit Kajla (Wool Runway winner), Kavya Doultani (1st Runner Up), Miloni Kothari (2nd Runner Up) and Apoorva Wadhwa (2nd Runner Up)
Actress Vaani Kapoor in a Merino wool outfit designed by Nachiket Barve
Wool Runway not only raises awareness yet also educates the next generation of consumers and inspires emerging fashion designers to work with Merino wool. The students’ designs were a creative visual representation of modern, contemporary, wearable fashion.
Industry leaders and influencers who judged the award, included President of Raymond Limited., Sudhanshu Pokhriyal;Creative Director of Louis Philippe & Simon Carter, Karunesh Vohra; Editor of Grazia India, Mehernaaz Dhondy; Creative Director and Founder of WhiteBoard, Kapil Batus and Fashion Designer, Payal Khandwala. The jury carefully selected the winning designs against strict judging criteria, including the use of at least 80 per cent wool per outfit.
A key highlight of the awards night was an exclusive fashion show held by the House of Raymond, which included its made to measure, ready to wear and fine fabrics ranges. Popular youth icons and showstoppers Shravan Reddy and Ruslaan Mumtaz were dressed in Raymond Fine Fabrics, designed by Dhruv Vaish.
“The winning designs were a beautiful display of the students’ abilities as fashion designers,” explained The Woolmark Company Country Manager India, Arti Gudal. “They have thoroughly studied the fibre and used it to its full potential which directly reflects in their quality of work.It is our constantendeavour to unleash budding talent andbring them to the forefront as they explore the infinite possibilities of working with Merino wool. We are happy that Wool Runway has done just that and been a nurturing and innovative platform for students of this generation. It has been an exciting journey right from the beginning and we are so happy to have industry leaders and designers support Wool Runway.”
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