Innovative Luxury Designers Farah Khan Ali, Nisha Jamvwal,Neelam Kothari,Eina Ahluwalia, Renu Chaini & Neha-Lulla-Kripalani are the final six finalists at ILC Power Brand 2015
India’s Top & Noted Luxury Brand Specialists & Top Jewellery & interior Designers are in the race for the coveted Award title “Innovative Leadership in Luxury Brands Concept 2015” at the 6th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2015
Indian Affairs, the flagship media conglometer of the illustrious Network 7 Media Group, asia’s arguably the most analytical news media in both digital & broadcast will be choosing the winner for the coveted award title “Innovative Leadership in Luxury Brands Concept 2015” at the much awaited prestigious annual affairs best known as India Leadership Conclave 2015. The Conclave is running on a theme “India @ 58” : Learning Lessons From The Past And Restrategizing For The Future” at the 6th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2015 in Mumbai, India on Friday, the 21st August 2015 where top leaders from the various sections of the society will assemble to make an analysis of India’s journey from independence & the important milestones that the country has achieved since last 58 years & the areas where India has remained silent & unmoved & has given a big miss. Currently in its 6th year since the last five successful editions held annually uninterruptedly in key states of the country where the platform evoked great degree of interest & made headlines,the Conclave will be debated & discussed by the speakers of eminence from the world leaders, industry icons, Politicians, movie stars, rebels, peacemakers and social activists. The Grand Annual Affair of Indian Affairs Conclave has been a sold out event & attendance from over 350 delegates coming from india & across the globe. India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2015 is also keenly a awaited platform for its power brand awards called ILC Power Brands. From business to politics, cinema to sports & public service to social service, ILC Power Brand Awards are the most coveted prestigious & credible awards by an eminent panel of jury members, conferred to top leaders of the country. Iconic leaders like Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Priyanka Chopra, Kiran Mazumdar shaw, Narayan Murthy are few of the names who are the recipients of the awards in various categories. In the race for the coveted title are country’s top six experts in design & innovation. The Award Title & the six Finalists selected by Network 7 Media Group Jury for the Innovative Leadership in Luxury Brands Concept 2015 are .
1. Ms.Eina Ahluwalia. Voting Code (43)
2. Ms.Farah Khan Ali. Voting Code (44)
3. Ms.Nisha Jamvwal. Voting Code (45)
4. Ms.Renu Chainani. Voting Code (46)
5. Ms.Neelam Kothari. Voting Code (47)
6. Ms.Neha-Lulla-Kripalani. Voting Code (48)
Eina Ahluwalia makes jewellery that is inspired by life, jewellery that takes you on journeys within yourself and through time. Each piece is created with equal head, heart and hand; each jewel is unique and independent. Intricate fretwork and miniature sculptures imbued with meaning that serve as a personal reminder for you to wear. Her work tiptoes the line between art, craft and design, sometimes crossing over to fashion.Her signature style is intricate and exquisitely detailed, the delicate hand made fretwork which is a disappearing skill, with just a handful of craftsmen remaining. She has worked with them since 2003 and honed their skills to the level of perfection that the pieces are often mistaken as laser or machine cut. She incorporates this fretwork in every collection, and is working towards ensuring that this is not the last generation of master craftsmen with whom this skill will disappear, only to be seen in museums of tomorrow.Her label ‘Eina Ahluwalia’ is synonymous with luxury jewellery poised at the intersection of art, fashion and design. Each piece is intricate and intense, subtle yet strong. Rooted in tradition and imbued with meaning, her jewellery always has something ‘precious’ in it - sterling silver, semi-precious stones and a meaningful concept.Eina trained under the pioneering conceptual jeweller Ruudt Peters in Holland, and studied at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy. David Lamb - MD, Jewellery at World Gold Council has picked her as one of the hottest talents to watch out for. The label is a regular at Lakme Fashion Week, Mumbai with independent runway shows since 2009, and has been featured in magazines such as British Vogue, CR Fashion Book by Carine Roitfeld, InStyle UK, Stylist Magazine UK, Her World Singapore, Madame Figaro France, Zeit Magazine Germany, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Grazia, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, etc.Her jewellery has graced the likes of New York-based fashion entrepreneur Fern Mallis, British pop sensation Delilah and film industry A-listers such as Freida Pinto, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and more.Eina has showcased at art galleries and jewellery shows across the world. She was selected to show at the ‘Hot Under The Collar’ Exhibition at the SNAG conference 2012 (Society of North American Goldsmiths), and her Kirpan Necklace is featured in Lark Book Publishers collectors series ‘500 Art Necklaces’.Eina writes for several magazines & newspapers, and when she isn't travelling the world gathering new inspiration and experiences, she is most often found bent over her workbench with her fretsaw....
Farah Khan Ali
Born in Mumbai on Dec 28th 1969, Farah Khan was the eldest of the 4 children of parents Actor-Producer-Director Sanjay Khan and his wife Interior Designer Zarine Khan. As a child Farah was an introvert and shy in nature. She did her schooling at Besant Montessori School and Jamnabai Narsee School after which she finished her BA at Sophia College in Mumbai. Not knowing what she wanted to do and having tried her hand at everything raging from Ad films to interior design and even television production, Farah’s foray into the jewellery line was purely by chance when she decided to accompany her friend on a whim to do a course in Gemology at the renowned Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California in 1992. Farah Khan graduated at the top of her class in 1993 with a 97% and is now a well known and recognized Jewellery Designer and Gemologist.Farah Khan married Aqeel Ali (known professionally as DJ Aqeel) on 20th February 1999 and became Farah Khan-Ali. They have two children a boy Azaan who is 8 yrs and girl Fizaa who is 5yrs old.With 17 years of focus and experience in this field, she still feels like a creatively inclined soul who happened to come into Jewellery Designing by chance, only to discover that she was born for it. Despite having designed for some of the top Bollywood stars and people from India’s foremost business families, she insists on being a perfectionist who loves to please herself first so that so that she can eventually please her clients. She admits that she has to do everything well so that it all comes together eventually.The designer, who gives creative pursuits utmost importance, is a private person who behaves like a garrulous extrovert in the company of friends and relatives. Having years of experience behind her and a celebrity clientele of the who’s who, her brand, “FARAH KHAN” which was launched in February 2004 in Mumbai has grown from one outlet to three now. Currently Farah Khan will be opening her own flag ship store this year in Mumbai and also franchises with Om Jewellers in Mumbai, AKM Mehrasons in New Delhi,. For Farah, inspiration begins with a strong emotion. “You have to feel to be inspired. Design is not about getting inspired from what you have seen in jewellery, but the process of being able to find design wherever you go. Design can reveal itself to you whenever & wherever – be it through flashes of intuition or thoughts or dreams. It is pertinent to note that human beings think alike but it is their interpretation, which makes a difference. I am inspired through the process of life & my experiences of it.”. “My designs are flamboyant, ornate and adventurous. I believe that jewellery should make you feel like a princess when you wear it no matter how big or small the piece of jewellery is, it should be eye catching and make the wearer feel special.” – Farah Khan. Each & every piece from Farah’s jewellery line is crafted using the highest quality standards. Right from the metals used to gemstones & diamonds, Farah only insists on the best & does not compromise on finish. To Farah, every piece of her jewellery is very close to her heart, & one that is painstakingly created from the design stage to the finished stage using the best hands craftsmen in the country. Most of her pieces are limited pieces & are seldom repeated. Her clientele swears by her finish & keep coming back for more. Farah’s greatest satisfaction is a happy client. FARAH KHAN jewellery is distinctive in style. We emphasize on jewellery. That is intricate yet striking, bold yet feminine. Unusual colours combined with exotic gems set the basis for our novel designs. All our jewellery is set and crafted using the highest standards in manufacturing techniques thus never compromising on the finish. In a short span the label has become synonymous with setting high standards for style, quality, detailing, design and elegance. Our jewellery has a life and identity of its own. “When I play with precious gemstones its like creating an object of beauty and desire, one that outlives its wearer and brings a sea of memories with it when it is handed down generation.” – Farah Khan. Internationally Farah Khan has also designed for Swarovski where Farah Farah also took part in Swarovski’s Runway Rocks, which was show cased in Mumbai in April 2008 along with 9 other Indian designers and 14 international designers. Farah was the only Indian jewellery designer selected for this event. She then also took part in Swarovski’s 5th Anniversary celebration for Runway Rocks in London in June 2008 along with fellow India fashion designer Manish Arora and a host of top 25 international designers. Her piece drew a lot of attention and made news in London’s “Daily Telegraph” newspaper. Farah Khan was featured and Interviewed in the Gemvision 2009, a book on forthcoming trends in the jewellery industry from Swarovski where she used genuine gemstones. She created a ruby and pink sapphire bracelet inspired from the soft petals of a Rose. Farah’s designs were also featured in Swarovski’s Gemvision 2010 where she designed a snake bracelet cuff and a snake pendant. This year too Farah Khan was asked to design for Gemvision 2011 and has designed a Peacock cuff that was showcased at the International jewllery Trade fair in Basel in April 2010. In June 2009, Farah showcased her designs at the 10th anniversary celebrations of IIFA (The Indian International Film Awards) in Macau where she was the only jewellery designer to singularly have more than 10 Bollywood personalities wear her jewelllery on the Green carpet a feat never achieved before. Farah Khan’s jewels made an everlasting statement at IIFA this season. Farah Khan also designed jewellery for the hit Television Show Rakhee Ka Swayamwar where she designed Rakhee Sawants Bridal Jewellery. The Show was which was telecast in 2009 grossed the highest TRPs at that time. In October 2009 Farah Khan showcased her couture jewellery collection “Cascades”. for the HDIL Couture Week 2009 that explored the natural flow and forms created by cascading fabric across a woman’s body thus capturing this graceful, ethereal elegance into handcrafted jeweled ornaments. The Cascades Collection unveiled new necklines in jewellery and was an ode to the varied moods of feminity from innocence to sexy. Rich tones of precious coloured gemstones such as Emerald Greens, Rubelite Pinks, Tanzanite Blues and Yellow Diamonds formed the vibrant colour palette. For the first time Farah beautifully merged the old with the new using the traditional Indian “Jadau” techniques in jewellery along with Diamonds set in 18 kt Gold. HDIL Couture week was held in Mumbai at the Grand Hyatt in Farah’s showstoppers were actress Genelia Dsouza and her sister Sussanne Roshan who stole the show with her fabulous jewels. Farah at present is looking forward to opening her own flagship store in Mumbai this year as well as to expand her franchise stores internationally. Her advice to those looking to pursue a career in jewellery is to be passionate about what you do and to “think out of the box”. Only then you will succeed for the road less traveled is more exciting as you may discover more things on the way. Be diligent and focused. Do not get disheartened by failure and push harder to reach your goal. Farah Khan was awarded the best Jewellery Designer Award by the Lions Gold club in January 2010 this year and was also received the DNA award for society’s most stylish swan. Due to her penchant for tweeting Farah was selected as the TWITTER ambassador for WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK this year thus replacing actress Gul Panang who was the Wills Twitter Ambassador last year. Farah covered the WILLS LIFESTYLE INDIA FASHION WEEK in Delhi between March 24th – March 28th where she tweeted live from the venue about fashion and the designer shows. Says Farah Khan who is celebrating 17 years in the business – my jewellery is a celebration of today’s woman who is feminine yet strong, graceful yet determined. It is about a real woman, one that is sensual in her being and confident in her existence, a woman who is beautiful inside out……………..A true “Farah Khan” woman who can carry of a piece of jewelery with understated flamboyance and make a definite style statement.
Nisha is a Columnist & Luxury Brand Consultant who consults with ZOYA by TATA, and other luxury brands . She has conslulted with Diago, Carlsberg, Swarovski, and done branding events for Natures Basket, Lancome & other International brands. Columnist & Writer - Nisha is a columnist with newspapers & magazines & on the advisory board of Good Homes. English Literature & Art education translated into two books on Traditional Indian Craft & preserving ancient traditions of Craft. Nisha is an award winning Interior Architect/ Designer who designs, remodels & refurbishes residences, prominent offices & restaurants & is on the advisory board of Design Institutions. Television Anchor, Compere & Celebrity Model Endorsements, MC- Nisha has hosted 'Home Shanti Home', 'Meri Seheli' on Star one, and Star tv, and hosted several stage extravaganza's Contemporary Art -Nisha is an Art curator & columnist, having curated & hosted shows for leading artists in Contemporary Indian Art. Known for her aggressiveness in taking on big names, celebrities & pen down realistically in her own inimicable style of presenting, Ms. NishaJamvwal who is very often spotted at page 3 events & hosting big bash for the people who matter, is best known for her Celebrity Satire gunned at the rich & beautiful. Nisha is often at the receiving end of bringing the star fights, break ups & gossips of the Bollywood personalities as Nisha puts it in her own words “Life to me is a journey of discovery, adventure & study in different creative fields!, I live & work in a creative erratica of words, images, objects!, I paint, I write, I design - involved with the world of contemporary art & architecture through it all.I have studied & journeyed & learnt & adventured all over the world, - Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Brisbane, California & learnt & loved it all - travelling has been the greatest study in my genesis!. Life has been beautiful, annoying, tragic, ecstatic, all part of the learning curve. Every experiment in life has been a step in my journey of growth and self-discovery, a kaleidoscopic part of life that enriches the fabric of my work & existence. Without these, life would be a meaningless transition from the womb to the tomb and this often entails some mistakes, some triumphs, but that’s the enriching of the fabric of life ....Some people whom are unacquainted with my work, inquire after me, my work, and what it is that I 'exactly' do”. NishaJamvwal is an an aesthete, a lover of the arts and a professional interior architect who has chosen to work with all media of design & art, created and spearheaded the brand 'NishaJamVwal Design' in Fashion as well as Interior Design, she have also modeled , compeered shows on stage & Television, and done a few vignettes in Bollywood .As a prolific writer, Nishahaa written books on Art, Craft & Sculpture & has multitasked to give a shot in the arm to all the things that she does, and broken the walls between all creative worlds in design, fashion, interior architecture, writing, art, and not really believed in ONE single path.As a columnist, luxury brand consultant, writer, social activist, inveterate traveler, aesthete-interior architect with passion for the art, history, astronomy, Nisha is an interior architect, designer who designs, remodels & refurbishes residences, prominent offices & restaurants.she has lived worked & studied in India, California, Japan, Paris, Australia.Not surprisingly ,The NISHA JAMVWAL fashion label has generated intense interest, created new trends and formed a following in a short span o. The brand has also, ever since its inception, lent an altruistic feel and a philanthropic fervor to fashion. The debut trend setting fashion show had women of substance in different sizes walking the ramp breaking accepted norms of ‘sexy' or 'beautiful' after which many followed suit. The label came together with Chris Cairns for the cause of providing education and opportunities for underprivileged children to create a memorable show.BrandNishaJamVwal spans Interiors and Lifestyle along with Fashion- couture and pret.‘NishaJamVwal’ that had initially made its mark in interior architecture & lifestyle diversified into fashion & had held six shows in four cities.Some acclaimed shows were with the Chris Cairns Foundation, Nokia, Deutsche bank, The American Women’s Society had film stars and famous socialites walk the ramp in the truly dramatic, and risqué style that NishaJamVwal Couture is known for & sold the designer prêt label at Ogaan, Amaara, Mogra, Cypress, Samsara, Ffolio, Collage, Crossover Bollywood Se, Fuel, Zoya , Ffolio and Collage. The brand spread its wings all over the country and also made its entry into the international scenario until it was time to take it to another level.
Renu Chainani is the CEO & Founder at Eastern Treasure Lifestyle. Eastern Treasure Life Style, a lifestyle store at Bandra, Mumbai is a whole new world of aesthetics, structures and shapes: all brought to life through a breathtaking array of furniture and accessories. The store stems from the flagship store in London "Downtown Interiors" by Renu V. Chainani and sister Rita Chulani. Started and founded by Renu Chainani (KLC School of Design, Chelsea Harbour London) and Rita Chulani in 1998 in both the UK and India. Rita Chulani led Eastern Treasure Life Style Manufacturers and retailers of luxury home and office furniture and accessories.Designers of bespoke and personalised pieces.Interior design and decoration services - residential as well as commercial.Sourcing and accessorising services through their data bank of suppliers in India as well as China, Europe and Indonesia.Specialists in wall coverings – Vast collection of customised and embossed leathers. Services include designing and application.Exporters of leather home and office furniture from India for 12 years. Supplier to Hotels and Corporate Companies in India as well as Internationally.UK office – Downtown Interiors – Complete Interior Designing and Decoration Services in the UK. Collaborators on outfitting personal homes with crockery, linen and decorative accessories from brands like Lalique, Baccarat, Daum, Hermes, Christophe, Robbie Berking only to mention a few.
Neelam Kothari Fine Jewels has been the pioneer in creating very exclusive and fine handmade jewellery. In her jewellery, she usually uses very good quality diamonds, Columbian emerald and Burma rubies. At the same time she also keeps her pricing competitive for the local customers in India. The store in Bandra, one of the up-market suburbs in Mumbai, has a large number of various hand-made jewellery designs on display like necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings. Keeping in mind the festive and bridal season, Neelam’s new collection consists of necklace set, cocktail ring, earrings and bracelets. Less is more for Neelam’s store. Without going overboard with the store interiors, Neelam wanted her jewellery to attract the attention of the visitors. Simple wooden display units, conventional lighting equipments play perfect second fiddle to the exquisite range of jewellery designed by Neelam. The simplistic character of the store interior would invariably draw the visitors to the kind of products Neelam wants to showcase. Neelam Kothari is a British Indian jewellery designer and former actress. She was one of the leading and popular actresses of the late 1980s and 1990s. Neelam Kothari was born in Hong Kong. As a child, she learnt to play the keyboard & danced Jazz Ballet. Her family has a traditional jewellery making business, making high-class pieces. After her early childhood in Hong Kong, her family moved to Bangkok. Neelam was holidaying in Mumbai when she was approached by director Ramesh Behl. She decided to give acting a shot and performed in the film Jawaani in 1984 alongside Karan Shah (Tina Munim's nephew). But the film was a flop. She soldiered on ahead and became famous in 1986 for her role in the film Ilzaam opposite the debutant Govinda. She starred opposite Govinda in 14 movies and 8 were hits such as Love 86, Ilzaam (1986), Sindoor, Khudgarz (1987), Hatya (1988), Farz Ki Jung, Taaqatwar (1989) and Do Qaidi (1989). She had 5 hits opposite Chunkey Pandey like Aag Hi Aag (1987), Paap Ki Duniya (1988),Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988),Ghar Ka Chiraag (1989),Mitti Aur Sona (1989) of the 8 she did with him. But after 1990 their next 3 films as a pair were failures. However her career's biggest hit remains Ghar Ka Chiraag opposite Rajesh Khanna in 1989. Box Office success left her from the early 1990s. Her roles, including the one in Ek Ladka Ek Ladki opposite Salman Khan, Pratigyabandh, Doodh Ka Karz, Parampara, Banjaran, Ranbhoomi and films like Indrajeet, Agneepath, Gharana, Amiri Garibi, Afsana Pyar Ka were flops and thus taking her career into decline. She was also noticed for her appearance in the 1998 film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, where she played herself as a VJ. In 1999, she appeared in supporting role in the multi-starrer family film Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United. Her last release was Kasam in 2001. Even while pursuing her career in acting, she was interested in jewellery designing and involved in her family business. She pursued a formal course in jewellery-designing in Mumbai and, after quitting films in 2001, started out commercially on her own under the name Neelam Jewels. She opened a showroom in Mumbai in 2004. She then launched her jewellery store in Mumbai on 25 August 2011 under the name Neelam Kothari Fine Jewels.
Neha Lulla Jewellery has created a niche for itself and the brand is known for its superior craftsmanship and stunning designs. Neha's statement pieces have adorned several Bollywood celebrities, who have been spotted wearing them at red carpet events and parties. She retails out of her by-appointment-only tony boutique in Mumbai. Neha Lulla says that My Passion, The urge and the forever fascination to design, create my own line of jewelry. NEHA LULLA JEWELLERY, is modern, mesmerizing, intriguing, adding an edge to ones personality.
The Award Selection Criteria
This Award Category Innovative Leadership in Luxury Brands Concept 2015 demonstrates significant achievement in individual accomplishments of bringing innovation, style & richness in packaging, India has always had a rich tradition of luxury. Addressed as the Golden Bird, India has experienced Maharajas and Nawabs who had refined tastes and were connoisseurs of luxury. Describing luxury as "balance,harmony and beauty of human race‖, the luxury market in India garners huge attention and is sometimes seen as a sign of India having "arrived". The innovator be it in Jwellery designing or interior decoration or a top luxury brands believe in relationships where a brand is built on reputation, passion & craftsmanship. The consultant or the professional will never make the clients believe that making a design is based solely on its certificate. Indian Affairs is looking for a winner who does not think a designer tab is merely a profession, but it an identity, offer you transparent, reliable, and comparable information to do your due diligence – the hallmark of a great innovator.
Historical Facts, Current Trends in Luxury Brands & the Roadmap for future
The luxury concept has throughout history played an important role in social life by being a clear indicator of knowledge and social class which has not changed at present but only becoming catchier. Today, the demand for luxury brands is ever increasing and brand offering is continuously on the rise. The luxury market is expanding rapidly in India on the back of economic deregulation, fast GDP growth, wealth (re)generation, increasing per capita consumption, and a growing young working population. Wealthy Indians represent a source of enormous potential for global luxury brands.
India's growing luxury market is set to exceed $10 billion-mark by 2014 boosted by a new class of wealthy termed as the 'closet customers' who have have joined the traditionally rich contributing to higher luxe sales, the impact of the economic slowdown in 2013 has impacted the luxury market to a certain extent but it recovered & the market is expected to revive and continue its growth trajectory and grow at nearly 17 per cent in the year 2015. From about $3.66 billion in 2007, the luxury market has more than doubled to $7.58 billion in 2012.According to industry experts, India could emerge as an important luxury market in the next decade but pricing will continue to play a key role in expanding the market. As of now, India's luxury market is much smaller compared with $318 billion globally but the 1.2 billion populations, which contains affluent consumers, makes it very appealing.India could become an important luxury market in the next decade. However, right pricing is very important. A luxury brand cannot bring down prices just to attract more customers, to make it more affordable. Premium pricing is essential to ensure the brand exclusivity.The luxury market in India is slated to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of over 17 per cent for next three years. the real challenge is ensuring brand loyalty from customers.For luxury companies, making brand familiar is the most important challenge. The next is to ensure that customer remains loyal to the brand. Luxury is no longer restricted to the rich & famous alone; the new age or 'closet consumers' who do not typically fit into the boardroom definition of luxury consumers are staking claims to luxury products, brands and services as well, but on their own terms.
The Award ceremony will be held on 21st August 2015 in a glittering evening where the country’s top leaders from all spectrums of the society & the result will be announced.
India Leadership Conclave Awards 2015
At India Leadership Conclave’s ILC Power Brand Awards are the most awaited, credible & prestigious titles conferred to top performers & achievers for bringing a transformational changes in their respective fields while others could not dare to risk & venture into. Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards also repackaged as ILC Power Brands signifies the importance of a winner whose persistent initiatives in making a change in style, approach & leadership are recognized by the eminent jury members of the Network 7 Media Group. While individual accomplishments in innovation, leadership drive & sustained campaign has driven & impressed the voters in india to chose the top leaders, corporate houses, social organizations, educational institutions & public service firms are selected based on a meticulous selection process & methodology involving the stakeholders, public at large & industry experts. The real thrust is focused on abilities to stay unafraid amidst the uncertain times & unleashing the challenges to make india proud. Indian Affairs Award Winners are those leaders who have a story to tell you of their road to success. We have heard them, have you?