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A Look Into Vogue's Forces Of Fashion Launch In India

November 25, 2022, was a star-studded evening filled with notable names from the fashion, lifestyle, and luxury space, launching Vogue's Forces of Fashion in Mumbai, India. The event was a part of Vogue India's commemoration of its 15 years in service, associating with Natural Diamond Council (NDC) to bring this international affair to India. It was a celebration of India's fashion community, blending the differences between the global fashion industry and the local landscape.

What is Forces of Fashion?

Vogue Forces of Fashion is an event that observes the talent and diversity of a country while introducing the world to its rich and layered cultural nuances. The occasion gives fashion a platform to voice its thoughts and expressions to a global audience, celebrating artistry and beyond.

What Went Down At The Vogue Forces Of Fashion In India:

A Vogue event on such a grand scale is incomplete without the presence of iconic and fashion's ultimate powerhouse— Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Global Editorial Director of Vogue, and Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast. The event revolved around conversations on India's artisanship and handcrafting, featuring Vogue India's Head of Editorial Content— Megha Kapoor. The first in-person Vogue India event since the pandemic, the grand affair was hosted at the Royal Opera House, housing the fashion industry's biggest and most noble name.

The event had installations representing India's ode to captivating craftsmanship, with a beautifully crafted natural diamond jewellery exhibit, and hand-embroidered installations led by the master craftspeople of Chanakya School of Craft, and designer-artists Kallol Datta.

The night ended with an after-party hosted by Glenfiddich, a famous alcohol label, at a contemporary Tapas Bar in the gardens of the Royal Opera House— Hotl

In Conversation With Megha Kapoor & Anna Wintour:

The discussions at the Forces of Fashion event were all about answering the big what's and where's of fashion like "where we are now", and "where we're going next". With inclusivity and sustainability being other conversation topics, it was natural to have Natural Diamond Council as the event partner, having values in slow luxury and focusing on handmade craft. There is nothing that speaks eternal than jewellery, specifically natural diamonds, with design being the heart of self-expression and individual style in jewellery and fashion!

The event also entailed a panel discussion between the duo and celebrated designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee around themes like diversity, new-age fashion media, sustainability, slow luxury, and India's fashion scene. Slow luxury is a conversation for the connoisseurs of the exquisitely crafted and ever-lasting. The talk drew attention to what the young generations are telling us today, with Anna Wintour pointing out that they are all about quality borderless content, having integrity, heart and strong values. They are progressive, work as torchbearers of the future, and stand up for their choices.

In Conversation With Richa Singh, MD of NDC— India & Middle East:

Richa Singh spoke about how natural diamonds are crucial to fashion having the magical ability to complete any look, whether traditional or contemporary, formal or informal. Diamonds lend the wearer innate confidence and aura, with the craftspeople and visionary designers working as the driving force behind making these jewels an inherent part of our culture and lifestyle. Indian artisans are one of the best globally, with events like Forces of Fashion working as a platform that encourages conversations around artistry, styles, individuality, and luxury.

Coveted Names At Vogue's Forces Of Fashion:

The Forces of Fashion India edition saw well-known faces like notable designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Masaba Gupta, Gaurav Gupta, Amit Aggarwal, Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango, Falguni & Shane Peacock, to name a few. It also hosted celebrated celebrities like Ayushmann Khurrana, Tamannaah Bhatia, Manushi Chhillar, Ananya Birla, Vijay Varma,

Mira Rajput, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Shibani Dandekar, among other guests.

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