11 February 16, 2018 COVER STORY www.desitalk.com – that’s all you need to know deconstructed hijab styles, workwear, chil- drenswear, outerwear, jewelry, and several new evening clutch styles," Kaura said. Her creations were recently featured in Elle Hong Kong, Elle Spain, and Elle Italy, and received interest frommany other places, "which is nice as well," she told Desi Talk. She wants to infuse her work with a social message, using materials highlighting the work of female artisans in Punjabi villages. "Deconstructing tradi- tional symbols of oppression—heavy corsetry and deconstructed princess seams—was also a key theme this sea- son," she said. "As well, I am deeply inspired by strong, smart, confident, pow- erful women. This collection speaks to female empowerment and the resiliency of the female spirit in the face of oppres- sion and upheaval," said Kaura who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. According to Facebook entries, her show was well attended in NewYork. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology who interned with couturiers for top brands in London and Paris prior to launching her label in Spring Summer 2018, Kaura, says her heritage is very much a part of her even though she was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. "Whether a woman is 99 or 29, she will look slim, stunning, and sparkling in Misha Kaura apparel and accessories," according to her advertizing. Prabal Gurung showed his electic col- lection on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Gallery I at Spring Studios. He was a stark contrast walking out after his elaborately dressed models were done, in a simple, well-worn white T shirt and black jeans. He shot to fame since his appearance on the catwalk in 2009. In this show, his collection wove tribal, native weaves, some with Japanese touches, others more African, or Native American, alongside plain bright and deep reds and purples, even grey pant- suits, ordinary thick cableknit sweaters, but also a very traditional thick velvet gown, some sharp blue lines, a few furs. Most interesting was the footwear, some flat shoes that verged on flip-flops, with overhanging bows, but also simple gold, white, and black boots. He also included large size models on the ramp Though of Nepalese descent, Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu. He studied design in New Delhi and moved to Parsons The New School for Design in NewYork. He worked at Bill Blass as design director for five years before launching his own epony- mous brand. Former First Lady Michelle Obama wore Gurung during her stay at theWhite House. The Dutchess of Cambridge also wore his design. Gurung has received sev- eral accolades and recognitions, and has collaborated with cosmetic houses for supporting non-profits in Nepal. Sachin & Babi (Ahluwalia) who showed their creations Feb. 10, featured veteran model Maye Musk, noting on Facebook that, "Each silhouette in the collection was designed with intention for women of all ages and body types." Using "Rich, floral fabrics and lush green tones" they set the stage for the Fall/Winter 2018 collection. According to their website, this season, the duo chose to forgo a traditional run- way show "and instead create a com- pelling lookbook, and video campaign featuring 69-year-old, IMG Model, Maye Musk," on the sidelines of NYFW. The couple say they are inspired by Bali’s vibrant landscapes, and that the gar- ments are a play on texture of those land- scapes. They have paired "luxe batik motif inspired jacquard textiles with hand- embroidered signature beadwork and sequins with delicate tassels." A crane motif is incorporated throughout, "to breathe life into the collection and add a touch of whimsy," they say. The Ahluwalias founded their eponymous label in 2009 "in a quest to redefine evening wear" and first gained recognition in NewYork by designing and manufacturing embroideries for the city’s renowned couture houses, according to their website. Naeem Khan, whose runway shows are among the most anticipated events of NewYork FashionWeek, was scheduled to show his work on Feb. 13 afternoon, as this went to press. Among this Indian- American designer's fan base is former First Lady Michelle Obama, singers Beyoncé, Taylor Swift Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, and a host of stars, Pénelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emily Blunt. His creations were seen on popular shows like Sex & the City and Dreamgirls. Khan was born in India and learnt the craft from his grandfather and father, both well known for designing intricate cloth- ing worn by the royal families, his website says. Moving to NewYork as a teenager, Khan apprenticed for Halston. His collec- tions are now sold at more than 100 spe- cialty stores across the world. In 2008, Khan was inducted as a member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America. Continued From Page 10 Out-of-the-Box Creations by Misha Kaura. Courtesy :Sachin & Babi/ Facebook By StaffWriter G owns in luscious colors of bright blue, yellow, red and silver, min- gled with flowing wedding gowns in ivory, lingerie pieces, and elegant dresses in all sizes, made Mac Duggal's sometimes playful, but always unique creations on the catwalk Feb. 10, at the Angel Orensanz Center in NewYork, NY, engaging. Mac Duggal, who came to the U.S. at the age of 23, continued his engagement with rich, royal, and opulent traditions of his home country with a contemporary design esthetic, his website says. Ieena Duggal, Mac Duggal's daughter, has played an integral part in brand development. Spending endless hours when growing up going through Mac Duggal catalogs and magazines and day dreaming about wearing the beautiful garments, shifted to wearing the gowns and then to creating them. Her first col- lection debuted in 2015 and was "designed for every woman" says the website, which notes that one philosophy she lives by is to ‘embrace change.’ And it certainly showed in this Fall 2018 collec- tion. The Mac Duggal brand has been fea- tured in leading magazines, and worn by an "A list celebrities, TV personalities, athletes, pageant titleholders and influ- encers globally," the website says. This design house stands out also for its "entrance-making drama, feminine detailing and modern sensibility," show- casing seasonal collections ranging from couture one-of-a-kind styles fabricated for red carpet, performance, stage and screen to cocktail dresses and gowns to mark special occasions and milestone moments. Mac Duggal's Endless Variety Shines At NYFW Fall 2018 Creation by Sachin & Babi. GettyImages on behalf of Mac Duggal IMAXTree courtesyMishaKaura Creations by Mac Duggal.