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Dian Pelangi on IFDC Panel at WIEF

[trendmag_row] [trendmag_col size=6] Turin Islamic Economic Forum: Turin, Italy TIEF is an initiative spearheaded by the City of Turin. Their keen interest has developed useful insights on the Islamic economy as this platform is becoming a meanigful way to exchange valuable information on various sectors. IFDC moderated a panel discussion at the Turin Islamic Economc Forum in mid October, attended by industry leaders, government officials and academia – a deeper look at the Islamic fashion industry and where it’s heading was discussed with many leaders in fashion.   unnamed (1)Session Chair: Alia Khan – Founder and Chairwoman – Islamic Fashion Design Council (IFDC); Panelists:  Shaima Hasan – Head of Research and Product Development for Islamic Markets–Thomson Reuters Dubai; Neslihan Cevik – PhD consultant Author of Muslimism in Turkey and Beyond: Religion in the modern world; Giuseppe Miroglio – Chairman Miroglio SpA; Christian Pasello – Global Visual Merchandiser of Roberto Cavalli; Kerim Ture – Founder Modanisa; Ibtihaj Muhammad – Founder Louella by Ibtihaj Muhammad; Mehmet Sahin – Founder Hasema; Imad El Kanj – Founder Italy’s Got Style  Jakarta Fashion Week: Jakarta, Indonesia Femina Group yet again completed a success Jakarta Fashion Week introducing magnetic components to the event that left audiences wanting more! IFDC hosted a talk show and press conference at the recent Jakarta Fashion Week, which included Femina Group’s Rubinni Kartohadiprodjo, IFDC designers: Amber Feroz and Tahir Sultan and the Director of Infinita Group, Paolo Costanzo IFDC Press Conference at Jakarta Fashion Week Both talk show and press conference highlighted Jakarta Fashion Week’s enthusiasm towards the inclusion of IFDC in its future ventures and IFDC’s regard for Femina Group, the event organizer, as a key authority in Indonesian fashion. In addition, Khan announced that Yellow by Beximco, who will be launching IFDC‘s initial Pret-a-Cover™ departments in 16 of its stores, has now expanded this committment to a total of 500 locations in the upcoming months. unnamed (4) Italy’s Got Style: Milan, Italy unnamed (7)Imad El Kanj with IFDC Chairwoman, Alia Khan, as guest speaker at ‘Italy’s Got Style IFDC Chairwoman, Alia Khan, as guest speaker at ‘Italy’s Got Style’ launch party at the Rosa Grand Hotel in Milan, where the topic of modest fashion was eagerly discussed between Ms. Khan and many Milan fashion experts. Italy’s Got Style, the brainchild of Imad El Kanj,  is an exciting shopper’s paradise dedicated to the savvy consumers of the Middle Eastern region. Tremendous anticipation has developed around this unique concept. [/trendmag_col] [trendmag_col size=6] World Islamic Economic Forum: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dian Pelangi on IFDC Panel at WIEF World Islamic Economic Forum’s team organized a memorable 11th annual WIEF event on the home front of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Convention Center this year. IFDC moderated a panel discussion about the Islamic Fashion Industry called: “New Trends, New Markets” Speaking about the debate on trends, trendsetters, and the unique profile of the modest fashion consumer, IFDC chaired a stimulating discussion with spirited audience participation and media attendance.   The panelists for the discussion included designer and entrepreneur from Indonesia, Dian Pelangi, blogger and entrepreneur from Australia, Zulfiye Tuffa, and CEO and chief designer at Haute Hijab from USA, Melaine Elturk.   The panel discussed the new trends in the industry, and how far the Islamic Fashion Market will grow considering its multi billion-dollar worth, and rapid growth.  Another point discussed, that is contributing to the market’s success, was big brands, including the likes of Hermes, Aramis, Estee Lauder and Debbie Wingham, that have tapped into the modest fashion market, as well as new Muslim fashion designers also coming to the fore in this explosive industry. unnamed (2)Alia Khan, Melanie El Turk, Zulfiye Tuffa, and Dian Pelangi at the 11th WIEF Melanie El Turk’s insight on the need for more focus on the plight of the Islamic fashion designer and the consumer as a priority was appreciated by her colleagues on the panel. Dian Pelangi contributed thought provoking experiences as a leading designer in Indonesia and how she stays focused on making wearable fashions while she does her best to respect the varied interpretations of Islamic fashion and the diverse consumer base. Zelfiya Tuffa’s insight on the market in Australia and what drove her to increase her capacity as a blogger and stylist to now a designer as well. IFDC’s Alia Khan kicked off the panel by sharing insights on the role and activities of the council with a video that captured various looks from around the world.   The audience feedback and participation was exciting as many concerns and comments were addressed which no doubt were fully taken on board by the panelists.   Global Islamic Economy Summit: Dubai, UAE unnamed (5)Young entrepreneurs, as well as established fashion houses gathered at Madinat Jumeira for the Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES) in October. A strong audience attended the panel discussion on “Modest Fashion Takes Centre Stage” moderated by the IFDC Chairwoman, Alia Khan with panelists Rami El Malak; Founder, Miella, UAE, Kerim Ture; Founder, Modanisa.com, Turkey, Harun Rashid; Founder, Islamic Design House, UK and Diajeng Lestari; Founder, Hijup.com, Indonesia. unnamed (6)IFDC moderated GIES panelists Rami El Malak, Kerim Ture, HArun Rashid, Diajeng Lestari With modest fashion now taking centre stage, it was important to know what inspired entrepreneurs to tap into such a market. Rami El Malak discussed the market’s significance, making it a very strong potential economic driver. When asked if there is a need of the same financial support as in other industries, Kerim Ture optimistically contributed that the support is increasing and he feels there will be more to come for the industry players. Harun Rashid discussed that tackling the challenges of pleasing the customer was the key to his success and his focus remains on making great apparel for his type of consumer. Diajeng Lestari expressed her appreciation of the growing designer base and how the market is ready for a level of variety and quality is becoming the specialty of this talent group. “These great contributors ventured into the modest fashion industry after they realized a gap in the market,” said Khan.  Speaking on the disussion, she commented that: “They feel the market is still developing but are seeing mainstream influencers like celebrities adapting to modest fashion. The rise of the modest fashion blogger and the part social media is playing in the fashion industry is bringing strong support to this market.”   [/trendmag_col] [/trendmag_row]

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