International Asian Fashion Awards 2012
Now in its third year, the IAF Awards are leading the way for the British South Asian fashion industry and putting Britain on the international map for the multi million pound industry. The only European awards of its kind, they have received continued support and championing from the pioneers of the South Asian couture fashion world internationally. The highest level of talent in South Asian commerce and fashion is recognised and honoured at the awards. The awards have acted as a platform for the creativity of highly prominent South Asian individuals and organizations that have made the most notable contributions to their industry in the last year. Today see’s the launch of the ‘IAFA Alumni’, an initiative that continues to solidify the brands ethos in ‘creating a platform for stylists, designers and artists in the Asian fashion industry to exhibit their work to millions across the globe’. Del Ghosal, co-founder of the IAF Awards says, “With mainstream global fashion brands such as Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2013 Sikh turban inspired collection and Chanel with their pre-fall 2012 collection, looking directly to India and South Asian heritage, the eye is on the scene. We’re proud to present and highlight the immense talent and innovation that is being borne out of collaboration, commitment and sheer innovation and all celebrated in Britain”. Neeru Bhandari, co founder of the IAFA’s continues, “We are excited to announce our new initiative, The IAFA Alumni. We strongly believe the alumni will create a benchmark for the industry creating a pathway between generations that can pass on knowledge of the craft, business and creativity, encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit”.
Previous judges have included multi award winning couture designer Neeta Lulla who also is a record four time winner of the coveted ‘Best Costume Award’ at the National Film Awards India; and British designer Mani Kohli the who’s fans include Myleene Klass, Cherie Blair as well as Bollywood A listers. They proudly welcome back previous judges, entrepreneur and make up industry stalwart Lubna Rafiq and Harper’s Bazaar “New king of Couture” Hassan Sheheryar Yasin.
As a new addition to the judge’s line up, IAF Awards are delighted to announce India’s most respected haute couture designer, Manish Malhotra will be joining the panel and will be in attendance at the award ceremony on the 10th November in London.
Manish Malhotra says, “I am pleased to be a part of the judging panel for this years IAF Awards. I consider it a wonderful platform for young and existing talent to be acknowledged and an opportunity for me be a part of the movement that drives innovation and design”. Lubna Rafiq comments “It’s a pleasure to return as the main sponsor and judge of IAF Awards – this is one of our key events that we look forward to at the Academy throughout the year, and the buzz within our community for IAF Awards 2012 is already rising! We can’t wait to rock IAF Awards 2012 – Let’s Make-Up!” Hassan Sheheryar Yasin adds, “I am a keen advocate of investing in the future of the South Asian fashion industry. I am an avid supporter of the IAF Awards, their ethos and am happy to be a judge again this year” .Nominations will be opening online soon. Winners being announced at the awards ceremony, held at London’s Hilton Park Lane on the 10th November 2012.
International Asian Fashion Awards present IAFA Alumni member: Uzma Rafiq
International Asian Fashion Awards present IAFA Alumni member: Saran Kohli
International Asian Fashion Awards present IAFA Alumni member: Lubna Rafiq