Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shweta Wahi's Fashion show

 "With comfort comes confidence, and confidence is always in style"

Though Fashion is not something that I generally fetter over, I like to dress up every once in a while for outings and special occasions. As far as daily clothing is concerned comfort scores higher than just the look. However the color  flashes of clothing on tabloid flaunted by models with immaculate figures, never fails to attract my eyes and attention as I flip though the morning newspapers. At times I might take some extra interest & read the nuances and jargon's of the Fashion world. The allure of the celebrity show stoppers  with their pouts, shiny locks and of course the contours & cuts of dress materials, draws me seamlessly into this creative world. So when I got an invite to Shweta Wahi's Fashion show at Dubai I decided to take a peek into this young designers profile  (Did I say she is only 23 and has 26 shows to her credit). What I found left me more than just impressed. If you are one to treat your senses with a flood of elegance, style as well as comfortable and completely wearable clothing , you might like to check out Shweta Wahi's Show here in Dubai.

“Twenty Six Shows at Twenty Three”

Brought up between Dubai & Johannesburg, Shweta Wahi began culminating her signature style at the young age of 10, as a byproduct of her interest in visual arts and culture. It wasn’t until she set foot in Canada in 2008 that she was able to fastidiously build collections to be showcased in the Toronto and Ottawa fashion circuit under her fashion label- SOLACE. After completing her BFA (Hons) in Visual Arts from York University (2012), she went on to train as an Image Consultant from George Brown College, in affiliation with the International Image Institute (2012). Shweta has also done short courses in Fashion Styling from Central Saint Martins in London, UK (2005).

Shweta was one of the youngest designers to be invited to Ottawa Fashion Week in 2010 – a venue that proved to be a breakout for her in 2012 with her S/S 2013 collection, with Ms Galaxy 2013 and ambassador for Unicef Canada, Ms Solonge Tuyishime wearing one of Shweta’s creations on the runway for charity. She further went on to intern under one of the country’s finest homegrown designers and winner of “Project Runway Canada” - season one - Evan Biddell, where she worked with him on his collections for Toronto Fashion Week.

With twenty six shows at the young age of twenty three, this Canadian-Indian designer has set an aspirational path for “Shweta Wahi Creations”. 2013 saw the launch of her label in Africa with a fashion show in Windhoek (Namibia), a much appreciated presence at the Fashion Middle East Exhibition in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), followed by the Forbes Woman Magazine launch in Johannesburg, a trends forum in Mauritius and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa before the year end, followed by Design Indaba 2014- the largest design expo in the southern hemisphere. Besides a dedicated clientele in Toronto - Canada, her line of one of a kind fusion pieces are available in select boutiques in UAE with Africa to follow in the coming months.

Today, Shweta is also an international advisor to the Design Council in Mauritius.

As a young entrepreneur and philanthropist Shweta Wahi has raised more than CAD 50,000 in funds for charitable organisations including MSF, Canadian Red Cross, Haiti Relief Fund and Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development in India.

Shweta’s journey has been documented via features in newspapers such as: ELLE SA, COSMOPOLITAN SA Forbes Africa, Gulf News, Masala Magazine (Dubai) Ottawa Citizen, MacMedia, the Excalibur, South Asian Generation Next; Television: Rogers Daytime, CTV Ottawa, CNBC Pakistan, Samaa TV, Sony TV, CNBC Africa; and various fashion and lifestyle blogs such as Urbanebloc.com, pop champagne, and jmode.com.

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