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Indian American designers make their mark at the New York Fashion Week

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Mac Duggal show at New York Fashion Week, Courtesy: Mac Duggal
Mac Duggal show at New York Fashion Week, Courtesy: Mac Duggal

Mac Duggal show at New York Fashion Week, Courtesy: Mac Duggal

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian American and Chicago-based fashion designer Mac Duggal made his New York Fashion Week debut this year, among the items featured this year from his highly-acclaimed ‘Fabulouss!’ line were a prom collection for plus-sized teens, who often go unrepresented in the fashion industry.

Duggal’s line has become the gold standard in plus size clothing for those seeking a full-figured option. His enthusiasm for women’s fashion was originally conceived from merging the colorfully rich designs of India’s royal history and opulent traditions. His early creations have stamped his legacy as a force to be reckoned with in the world of prom dresses and apparel.

Duggal continued to grow his line by splitting it into a dozen distinct social occasion lines. His success is highlighted by the many awards throughout his celebrated career; most recently was his induction into the Smithsonian Museum’s Family of Voices exhibit, which focuses on successful entrepreneurs in the United States.

Indian American designers continue to etch their chapter into the fashion history books, with both seasoned and emerging talent offering a range of visions to showcase on the runways. For the past few years, designers such as Naeem Khan, Bhibu Mohapatra, and Nepali-American designer Prabal Gurung — who received standing ovations from actress Priyanka Chopra and Hillary Clinton’s former vice chair of her presidential campaign, Huma Abedin— have been regulars at Fashion Week.

Actress Sara Jessica Parker was seen sitting in the front row for Duggal’s show, and was seen standing and cheering, as well.

Designer Naeem Khan’s gowns have become a favorite of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Raised in Mumbai, Khan’s vast knowledge of textiles was influenced by his father and grandfather, both of whom designed clothing for India’s royal families. Khan started his own line in 2003 and has dressed other well-known names, including Beyonce, Kate Middleton, and Taylor Swift.

“My family has been in the fashion business for over one hundred years in India, so it has always been a part of my life,” he said. “I have brought the tradition and craftsmanship of my heritage to very classic and sleek shapes, and I think that is what sets me apart,” he said.

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White Supremacist kills 49 at New Zealand mosque

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in what appears to be a coordinated racist attack. 49 people are dead and 49 others are seriously wounded. Three people are in custody for the carnage, including a 28-year-old Australian self-proclaimed racist man who livestreamed the bloodshed.

The Bangladesh cricket team was visiting one of the mosques at the time of the attack and escaped through a park.

The U.S. announced they will build six atomic power plants in India in another major step in bettering bilateral ties. India also received a special waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen nations.

In a one on one with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — we’ll preview our exclusive conversation with the man who’s become a household name for heading one of the most important oversight agencies in the U.S. government.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan is bringing ‘Forrest Gump’ to the Bollywood big screen, buying the rights to the classic from Paramount. Khan will star in the title role.

And YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will become the first South Asian ever to host a broadcast network late night show, as she will take over the 1:30 a.m. time slot on NBC. “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” debuts in September.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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WATCH: What do Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood Co-stars think of her?

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) —  Diya TV hit the pink carpet to talk with Priyanka Chopra about her role in the new rom-com Isn’t it Romantic. While we were there, we also spoke with her co-stars to see what they had to say about working with her.


Kenneth High contributed to this report.

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WATCH: Priyanka Chopra on her role in the new rom-com Isn’t it Romantic

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Priyanka Chopra and Rebel Wilson star in a feminist rom-com of the year, Isn’t it Romantic releasing this Valentine’s Day.

Priyanka spoke to reporters about the importance of supporting other women in Hollywood. Like Isn’t it Romantic star and producer Rebel Wilson.

She also gave insight into how a gap in the filming of her currently airing tv show, Quantico, gave her the time to appear in the film and how her recent marriage to Nick Jonas might have changed her performance in the film.

Kenneth High contributed to this report.

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