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Abu-Sandeep in fashion week clan

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla will showcase their autumn-winter collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi from April 5-9.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 17:21 IST

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, India's couturiers to the stars whose ensembles have featured at the Oscars, will showcase their autumn-winter collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi from April 5-9.

They join close to 80 designers who have confirmed their participation in the event, it was announced Thursday. With 2006 marking two decades of the internationally acclaimed designer duo, they will display a rare retrospective of their works.

"We are delighted to have Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla participating in the India Fashion Week this year. I am sure that their collection will be a showstopper," said Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) that is organising the event.

Jha has just returned from Europe after successful business meetings with her counterparts in London, Milan and Paris.

In a joint statement, Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla said: "We are looking forward to presenting our retrospective. At a time when Indian fashion is charged with talent going international, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week provides a platform to put India on the global fashion map."

Best known for reinventing the traditional Indian arts of chikan and zardozi, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have captivated the fashion world with their unique creations, pioneering along the way many an innovative idea and style in haute couture.

For them, "The pursuit and regeneration of beauty is something of a religion". In this quest, they say, "we have travelled to long-forgotten regions and villages to return with knowledge of the arts of other generations.

"Each day provides a new challenge in creativity that already has and will continue to imprint the world of fashion," they maintain.

The duo is known for dressing India's best-known faces such as the Bachchans, Dimple Kapadia and Parmeshwar Godrej, as also international personalities such as Judi Dench - who has worn their creations at the Oscars - and Maggie Smith.

British designer Lindy Hemming, who received her Oscar for Best Costume Design for Die Another Day, has often sourced outfits from the Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla and selected their ensembles for French actress Sophie Marceau, the leading lady of The World is not Enough.

Among the other big ticket names at the fashion week will be Abraham-Thakore, Ashima-Leena, Deepika Gehani, J.J. Valaya, Manish Arora, Raghvendra Rathore, Rina Dhaka, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi, Satya Paul and Tarun Tahiliani.

While most of the designers will parade their collections on two ramps - a new innovation in the format - others will display their garments and accessories in a specially designated trade stall area.

"The event will also preview India's best in terms of models, makeup trends, hairstyles and accessories for the upcoming season," FDCI's Jha pointed out.

Top notch professionals in the fashion industry came together in 1998 to form FDCI to serve as a cohesive platform for Indian designers and to act as a mouthpiece of the industry at all relevant places to promote Indian fashion at home and abroad.

The council aims to consolidate the Indian fashion industry's place in the global marketplace and marks the first step towards according corporate status to the fashion business in India. FDCI is actively involved in promoting the "business of fashion" in India and working towards corporatisation of fashion labels in the country.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 17:21 IST