June 2018: Breaking stereotypes by giving a platform to aspiring models and backstage artists while dedicating resources towards the betterment of a tribal village of Maharashtra – all under one pageant – Pune Fashion Fiesta, concluded its second season at The Orchid Hotel on June 2.
The event was was hosted by celebrated TV actor Aman Verma and witnessed some of Pune’s well-known faces such as Saurabh Gadgil, Miss Scuba International 2016 Varsha Rajkhowa, Mr Amit Ghaisas MD of Yashprabha group of companies and Mrs Swati Ghaisas executive director of Yashprabha group of companies, Om Prakash Singh-VP of Syska, Amit Chaudhary of AISPL, RJ Winnie- Radio City, Col Deepak Joshi AFMC, Lalit Pittie and celebrated Fashion Designer Mrs. Shalaka Pandit all coming together for a cause and walking the ramp with children from Katkari tribe in Maharashtra.
Present on the occasion was Parinita Pal of Hitvardhini Sabha, the NGO working with the village of Katkari tribe that is being sponsored by Pune Fashion Fiesta. “Back in our village near Khopoli, we have been striving for the development of these tribes and our aim is to bridge the gap between the urban and tribal communities. We look forward to your participation, be it monetary or simply by coming down and sharing your knowledge with these kids and inspiring them for a better future”, she quoted.
Brainchild of Mrs Commonwealth Asia Pacific Soniya Shetty Singh and renowned makeup artist Swapneel Ranjane, Pune Fashion Fiesta in little time has carved a niche for itself by being a one-of-its kind pageant for beginner models. The contestants were trained by some of the best names in the Pune fashion fraternity, a few being, Prajakta Albuquerque, Maitri Ramaiya from Fitness Kida, Sheetal Arpal, Bunty and Prashant.
Looking stunning in costumes by Priyanka Tejaswee and Amit Mishra, Komal Raut & Rohit Dey emerged as Miss and Mr Pune Fashion Fiesta while Kunal Kale & Radhika Pendse along with Rutuj Mali & Delia Nasre grabbed the 1st and 2nd runner up positions. Appreciating the efforts of makeup artists and photographers, Varsha Valecha was declared the winner and Sai Bandekar as the 1st runner up for their commendable job at makeup whereas Akash Patil and Rahul Rathod received the winning and 1st runner up positions for photography.
Special faces including Komal Raut, Kunal Kale, Khusboo Kshirsagar, Rutvik Tupe, Sharmila Rathod, Shahnawaz Khan were offered a catalogue designer shoot by the showcasing designer Priyanka Tejaswee.
With a hope for an even grander season 3 and to work towards more causes, the Pune Fashion Fiesta team ended its season 2 on positive note.