New Delhi, 3 August: Lakme Fashion Week hosted its first-ever plus-size fashion show in association with aLL. The model auditions for the show were held in Mumbai at St. Regis on July 29, with a jury that included Bollywood director Divya Khosla Kumar, designer and founder of Little Shilpa, Shilpa Chavan, fashion choreographer Lubna Adams, Jaspreet Chandok, vice-president and head, fashion, IMG Reliance and Manish Aziz, business head, aLL.
The panel after audition, chose 10 winners after 3 competitive rounds of auditions for the upcoming Winter/Festive season. The auditions saw over 160 plus-size models from across the country showcasing their best on the runway. Six women and 4 men emerged as the winners at the auditions. Payal Soni, Anjana Bapat, Tanvi Ravishankar, Neha Parulkar, Vernika Jain, Amber Qureshi, Anil Pamnani, Kais Sundrani, Arpit Handa and Rajiv Bhasin will now be seen walking the ramp for the first-ever plus size show at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016.
Designer Shilpa Chavan–who’ll be seen styling the show–said, “As someone who has never followed trends, and designed and created on intuition, I fail to understand how fashion gets licensed to decide what’s less or more. Beauty truly lies within and there is no better way to affirm this than with a plus-size show with aLL at Lakme Fashion Week. I am excited and above all proud to be involved in this movement of sorts.”
Divya Khosla Kumar a Bollywood Director, also added , “What a superb initiative this is! Why must women be ashamed of their shape or size? Embrace who you are and what you are, confidence is all that matters to carve your identity and niche. Designer clothing should come in all sizes, why just for a certain body type? Why must plus-size women not be categorised as models? This initiative by Lakme Fashion Week shows us what beauty is all is all about and is true women empowerment in all senses. Women all over are breaking barriers, setting themselves free and are all geared up to cherish being themselves, being us! Remember, happy girls are the prettiest!”.