Presenter, Feminist and Influencer Am Golhar last week attended the launch of the Fashion Brunch event hosted by Anisha Vasani Creates.
For young Asians in college or secondary school hoping to create a career in the fashion industry, there can be an obligation to design western clothes. This event however is an inspiring template for Asian girls aiming for fashion whilst in college, in combining different cultural flavours to produce stunning designs.
The success of Am Golhar who interviewed Vasani is also a blueprint to follow for young British Asians in college hoping to cut their teeth in fashion. Am graduated from Central Saint Martins' School of Art over ten years ago and began her career in the fashion industry launching her manufacturing consultancy at the age of 22 and collaborating with leading fashion houses. She has appeared in Vogue, Drapers, The Telegraph and other leading publications.
Since then Am founded Abstract PR that work alongside worldwide millionaire business leaders who make impactful changes in society. She has set up an initiative of interviewing inspirational influencers from different platforms on her YouTube channel. Her first interview was with the punk rock fashion icon Tod Waters, the man behind the custom designed pieces for Prince, Motley Crue, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.
The annual focus of the event is to build a wider platform of recognition to support talent in the British Asian industry, and of course an opportunity for women to shop and enjoy a lovely brunch. Am, who has built an impressive portfolio in collaborating with leading fashion houses such as Burberry, Harrods, ASOS, TK Maxx and Urban Outfitters, was one of the many invited to witness the event which was held at Mint Leaf Restaurant, one of London's finest award winning dining places.
The event allowed a glittering cast of women within the fashion trade to enjoy a lovely afternoon of delicious brunch with a luxury fashion show showcasing leading fashion and jewellery designers with the opportunity to shop after.
Proceeds were raised on the day to aid the cancer charity partner Marie Curie UK who are the research wing of Mount Vernon Hospital.
The event is a particularly inspiring one for young fashion students in college and other creatives wanting to pursue a career in the Fashion Industry, particularly young British Asian women, a demographic Am is especially interested in helping as an Asian woman herself.
Bringing together some of the most creative and artistic talents from the British Asian fashion industry, The Fashion Brunch was attended by celebrities and even had OBE Film Director Gurinder Chadha walking down the Fashion runway opening the show.
Anisha Vasani, who hosted the event, was former editor of ten years at the UK's leading bridal Magazine Asiana and was interviewed by Am where she shared her vision of building the foundation of what the fashion brunch event entailed.
Also supporting the event was Mani Kohli. Steering the Indian fashion scene towards innovation for the last 30 years, Mani pioneered the term 'couture' for British Asians. Her designs have created opening for original and artistic interpretations of bridal, fusion and pret fashion. She is renowned for her timeless, feminine and refined designs and is now head of the British Asian Fashion Network – an organisation that she has created to promote, collaborate and connect members of the British and Pan Asian fashion community. The event was a platform for new and talented young designers to be recognised and offer their hybrid of Asian and western designs to make women feel confident, powerful and unique.
This event was in short, both a fashion launch and an inspiring template for young Asian women in schools and colleges hoping to bring their culture into the fashion world.