India Fashion Week Australia returns to the Runway following a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus at the epic Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
Inaugurated by Consul General Sushil Kumar, the fashion festival, curated by Bollywood actor Vishwajeet Pradhan and his wife Sonalika Pradhan, aims to boost cross-cultural participation within the global fashion community.
IFWA’s program this year includes a high fashion runway show featuring international designers like Vietname se prodigy Ivan Tran, Indian Designer Archana Kochhar, India’s first transgender designer Saisha Shinde, and local Australian and South Asian and African origin designers.
Indian fashion veteran Shakir Shaikh choreographs the multicultural extravaganza.
With Supermodel Hua Trang as a show stopper, Ivan Tran set the runway alight with his blazing, out-of-this-world designs.
Couturier Archana Kochhar debuted at IFWA with social media influencer Nagma Mirajkar turning out for her in a fiery red dress. Drawing huge applause, Saisha Shinde launched her multi-hued retail collection in a Grand Finale to the magical evening.
IFWA Brand Ambassadors, AFL (Australian Rules Football) greats Kevin Sheddy, Matthew Richardson, Trent Croad, Dustin Fletcher, and Anthony Koutoufides added the “Popular stars” to the event in this AFL-crazy nation.
They also participated in an auction, raising funds for a key Aussie Charity. They were cheered by celebrities Diana Chen, Sharon Johal, Kate Jesaulenko, etc.
Interspersed with multiple traditional and contemporary performances from various performers, Rapper Simba Mak wrapped up the evening with a ballistic performance by his troup.
A Judges Panel comprising Multicultural Commissioner Abiola Akinbni, actress Sarah Roza and Councillor Richard Stockman presented the awards to the winners.
The brainchild of Meilleur Events, the inaugural edition of IFWA in 2019, featured participation from designers like Samanth Chauhan, Rimi Nayak, sayantan Sarkar, Nicholas Gilbert, mini Raxevsky, etc.