The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), although a film awards event, has almost always had a fashion show as a part of it, ever since it made its debut in year 2009. Fashion designers like Manav Gangwani, Rocky S, Anamika Khanna, Falguni Shane Peacock, and Farah Ali Khan, not to mention Vikram Phadnis, who has been involved more than once, have showcased their latest fashion designs at the prestigious event.
One might as well as ask: What’s the connect between fashion and Bollywood? However, the truth is their connection is almost symbiotic, one unable to do without the other. Bollywood has always inspired fashion – with a new trend of clothes being portrayed in the movies in each generation, which is soon imitated by an adoring movie-going public across the country! Fashion on the other hand, has given Bollywood stars something totally new to wear and showcase and have an impact otherwise impossible.
With India’s leading online fashion portal Myntra being named IIFA 2017’s Style Partner at the film awards night in New York – Times Square, no less – how could it not do a fashion show? It did that, that too, with a difference, as has been its forte, always.
Thus, Myntra has two feathers in its cap: Not only has it been chosen as the official style partner for this year’s edition of IIFA being held in New York’s iconic Times Square, it is also going to stage a fashion show during the event.
The Big Apple is home to many fashion shows, including its own annual show, The New York Fashion Week. But when Myntra, the style partner for IIFA this year and more, unveils its fashion show on July 13 during IIFA, it will be a fashion show with a difference.
The difference lay in not making models cat-walk on the ramp, but to “unramp” the fashion show, altogether, and making its models stroll on stage in groups, in a fun and informal way. The show stoppers were Bollywood actors Dia Mirza and Tapsee Pannu – who showed that there were many new and imaginative ways to adorn a sari, the Indian six-yard wonder.
Other clothes portrayed on the ramp were a mix-and-match of clothes and accessories available on Myntra from its Gen Next collection – comprising the latest quirky, urban, street fashion and stylish wear.
For those watching the IIFA awards back home, had no reason to feel deprived from not being able to have a slice of the cake. They could simply come online and shop in realtime for the very same clothes which were being showcased on the catwalk.
As more than 20 million Myntra app users voted for their favourite style icon, Bollywood star Alia Bhatt quickly won for herself the title of Myntra’s ‘Style Icon Of The Year.’
Later, there was even a green carpet interaction between the Bollywood celebrities and Myntra customers.
One could say, the awards night was one of the best of fashion and the best of Bollywood coming together: Myntra representing the best of fashion and IIFA bringing the best of Bollywood under one roof.