The American India Foundation – Medical Care for Mothers and Infants

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Asha Pabla, former Liz Claiborne designer, is heavily involved with philanthropic and cultural pursuits in the greater New York area. Asha Pabla sits on the boards of directors of the South Asian Youth Association and the American India Foundation.

The American India Foundation (AIF) works to improve living conditions in India, where some 800 million people must survive on less than $2 per day. President Clinton helped create AIF after responding to the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, establishing a partnership between America and India to expand opportunities for Indian citizens.

AIF maintains a focus on women and girls in India, as they tend to face more barriers to health care and education than their male peers. Girls born in India are 75 percent more likely to die by the age of five than boys are, and they are much more likely to be forced out of school or become married while underage.

To help women in India, the AIF operates programs like the Maternal and Neonatal Survival Initiative. This program saves the lives of mothers and their newborns primarily through educating local health care professionals, allowing them to provide even better care.

Fashion Predictions for 2017

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Asha Pabla established a career in fashion design, working her way up from the position of sourcer at a textile manufacturer to that of a fashion designer for a popular women’s brand. In conjunction with her work as a designer, Asha Pabla follows major trends in the fashion industry.

With 2016 in the books, it’s time to look forward to the coming year in the fashion industry. A new year brings new trends. Here are four things to watch for in 2017 fashion.

One of the main trends to carry forward will be the heavy use of stripes in casual wear. Saks Fifth Avenue director Roopal Patel referred to stripes as the modern “white t-shirt” and predicts that the trend, which has been a hot one for nearly three years now, will continue to flourish in the upcoming year.

Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s ‎operating vice president and fashion director of women’s ready-to-wear, also sees casual wear as a big shaper of the industry this year. In her estimation, the “easy elegance” approach will continue to wield heavy influence in 2017, with athletic-themed pieces seeing more everyday wear among the fashion forward.

Fashion experts are also predicting a big change in jewelry and other accessories. With gold dominating the look for the past 10 years, they predict that the trend will shift to silver as 1990s fashion trends continue to resurface.

Another one of those 1990s trends (and previously a 1970s trend) making a big comeback is the platform shoe. Gucci’s rainbow platform was the designer’s most photographed shoe in 2016, and runways are already seeing more platforms in their ensembles.