It’s an extended adventure from the runway to the red carpet to the fact. And frequently, the one component that turns a fashion designer into a breakout big name is forceful advertising. Earlier this month, Kathleen Frey and Sonne Bajwa—two global alternate and marketing students at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)—were recognized for their revolutionary strategies because the 2017 Marketing Plan winners the second annual Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Awards.

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Infor, the main company of cloud programs for style and retail, teamed up with FIT and Hearst Magazines for the awards—a -element competition that explores the collaboration among designers and business teams. The triumphing gown layout, which was envisioned using Brandon Johnson, might be worn with the aid of style influencer and founder of Friend of a Friend Olivia Perez on the Harper’s BAZAAR ICONS occasion all through New York Fashion Week in September.


Four style industry experts served as judges: style consultant Marigay McKee, jewelry fashion designer Temple St. Clair, Macy’s style director Durand Guion, and Infor’s chief creative officer Marc Scibelli.

After Johnson gained the Fashion Design award with a piece inspired by using his mother’s pearls, Frey and Bajwa ordinary the project for the enterprise award, which got here with the herculean task of advertising and marketing the dress via e-trade and at 50 Macy’s stores. The goal was lofty: Sell 1,000 attire in 3 months.


And whilst it could sound like an intimidating goal, the sort of era available nowadays (consisting of Infor’s CX Suite) enabled Bajwa and Frey to get creative. So they put together a cohesive multi-platform plan, which was evaluated with numerous vital factors in thought: method, studies first-rate, persuasiveness, presentation, and feasibility.

“We crafted an advertising and marketing plan with a firm basis in Brandon’s flexible layout aesthetic, capitalizing on Olivia’s impact and her fans, and the usage of Macy’s method as a compass to hold the entirety in line. The overarching subject matter is to make the product enticing—be it via a continuing buying enjoy, in-save features, or even through shop friends.” Bajwa said.

Another factor they have taken into consideration: their mercurial demographic.

“We did a whole lot of studies at the psychographics of millennials and what they fee in outlets,” Frey said. “We located that whilst they are more fee touchy than brand unswerving, they fee engagement specifically else. With that during thoughts, we desired to take Macy’s omnichannel technique one step further. Technology is a vital part of our business plan because we’re hoping to interact with our consumers across all platforms: the internet site, the app, Instagram shopping. It allows us to examine our customers and recognize them a little bit extra.”

In other words, it takes a better dealer to draw a clever client.

Model kids display the manner in style display for the differently-abled

Tamana Chona, 46, is not a version like another. Born with cerebral palsy, she spoke her first word and took her first step at 9.

She now hopes to instill self-assurance in people with disabilities with occasions along with a fashion show which featured her – and many otherwise-abled kids from her NGO, Tamanna.

“I swim, I dance, I teach, and I am no less than a professional version on the ramp. My mother and father are happy with me; I can inform you that people today cannot stroll the ramp the manner I do,” said Chona, a nursery trainer in a mainstream college with special kids and a marathoner.

Wearing a stylish, embroidered kurta with a pair of crisp white pants, she graced the ramp with the president of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), Sunil Sethi, congratulating the young contributors for the outstanding fashion display titled “Infinite Opportunity.”

“Despite the whole lot, I am treated differently. Through this style display, I desire we can be able to change the sector for us,” she said.

The display, held here currently, featured several youngsters with disabilities, all resplendent in designer clothing and posing like expert fashions in the front of cameras.

They walked the ramp with main fashions, carrying ensembles crafted by FDCI designers — Abraham and Thakore, Anju Modi, Gaurav Jai Gupta, Payal Jain, Amit Aggarwal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Payal Pratap Singh, and Sanjay Garg.

“The purpose for containing the Tamana fashion show every 12 months is to convey greater self-belief and dignity into the lives of the specifically-abled,” Chona said.


A colorful series of ensembles designed by college students of Pearl Academy with Tihar prison inmates turned into also displayed at the show.

The evening commenced with music via the visually impaired singing icon Diwakar Sharma. Among those present at the show have been the Australian High Commissioner to India, Bollywood actor Kriti Sanon, FDCI president Sethi and Tamana founder and president Shyama Chona, an educationist.

“Tamana’s annual fashion display has through the years depicted that style does no longer discriminate and the in a different way-abled also can satisfy their aspirations of looking stylish,” Sethi said.

Recognized state-wide for its contribution in the field of incapacity, NGO Tamana works with the cause of helping the cognitively impaired, intellectually challenged, and autistic youngsters.

John R. Wright
Social media ninja. Freelance web trailblazer. Extreme problem solver. Music fanatic. Spent several months marketing pubic lice in the financial sector. Spent 2002-2008 supervising the production of ice cream in Africa. Had some great experience developing robotic shrimp in the aftermarket. Spent several years getting my feet wet with puppets in Miami, FL. Was quite successful at supervising the production of corncob pipes worldwide. What gets me going now is working with electric trains in Mexico.