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.
A quality control specialist in the fashion industry for more than a decade, Asha Pabla enjoys modern plays and musicals, including the critically acclaimed Hamilton. In her spare time, Asha Pabla enjoys visiting the Lincoln Center, where Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda first performed songs from the Hamilton album that would eventually comprise the Broadway musical.
The success of the Grammy-winning Hamilton album and the musical, which won 11 Tony awards, spawned the release of The Hamilton Mixtape. Featuring a kaleidoscope of popular artists, The Hamilton Mixtape debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending December 8, 2016, with 187,000 traditional album sales and streaming downloads. It was the first compilation album to debut at number one since Now 50 did so in May of 2014. The first Hamilton album, which featured the original cast of the Broadway play, peaked at number three on the Billboard chart.
Artists appearing on The Hamilton Mixtape include Common, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, and K’nann, among others. A second volume is already in the works.
A former fashion designer, Asha Pabla is an active community volunteer, serving in leadership roles for a number of nonprofit groups. The American India Foundation (AIF) is among the organizations of which Asha Pabla serves as a board member.
The AIF is committed to its mission of eradicating poverty in India through efforts that spearhead both social and economic change in the country. Specifically, the group’s vision is centered on helping every person in India get an affordable education and health care.
AIF also serves as a funding incubator to help entrepreneurs in India get their businesses off the ground. AIF accomplishes these goals by remaining true to its five core values: creativity, unity, respect, integrity, and excellence.
Through creativity, AIF seeks to stimulate innovation and free thought among the people of India. Pursuing unity, AIF is devoted to equal opportunity for all citizens to have a say in the evolution of India.
AIF is also deeply committed to respect for all persons, regardless of their background, gender, race, or sexuality, affirming their individuality and ability to positively contribute to society. As for integrity, AIF’s goal is to be open and honest in all its dealings, maintaining high ethics and accountability.
Finally, AIF’s commitment to excellence is at the heart of its mission. The organization works each day to make life better for all of India’s people.
Asha Pabla managed quality control for businesses such as Miliken & Company, and later worked as a fashion designer for Liz Clairborne. During her free time, Asha Pabla enjoys taking in new shows and performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Based in New York City, the Lincoln Center leads the world in presenting high-quality artistic programs, including theater and ballet. The center also serves to educate the public in the performing arts and manages its Lincoln Center Campus.
The Lincoln Center announced its 2017 festival will commemorate the 50th anniversary of George Balanchine’s ballet, Jewels. The ballet focuses on three different styles, with the first act, Emeralds, highlighting French; second act, Rubies, focusing on the American Jazz Age; and closing act, Diamonds, dedicated to the grand beauty opulence of Russia. The Paris Opera Ballet, the New York City Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet will dance to represent each of their countries. Performances will take place July 20-23, 2017.
A fashion and textile design professional, Asha Pabla maintains an active lifestyle outside of work. One of Asha Pabla’s favorite pastimes remains tennis, which she plays enthusiastically.
While aggressive tennis involves more risk than playing defensively, it also provides more opportunities for scoring points. One of the least risky ways of playing more aggressively involves hitting with more topspin. Players who hit with topspin send a less predictable ball to the opponent. Balls hit with topspin rather than flatly will lose less speed during a bounce and arrive with greater velocity. Also, balls with topspin have a tendency to bounce higher than the opponent is comfortable hitting.
The key to hitting with topspin lies in a low-to-high motion. Players should think of their rackets almost like a windshield wiper. The swing starts below the ball but then ends higher than the ball’s starting position. This motion brushes the ball upwards through the swing and causes it to spin.
Hitting with topspin involves the risk of mis-hitting the ball since the stroke involves more technique than hitting the ball flatly. Players need to keep in mind that generating less topspin than intended typically results in hitting long.
A former fabric and textiles manager at Pressman Gutman Company, Inc., Asha Pabla attended Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University). Despite having studied in the United States, Asha Pabla remains faithful to her roots by supporting organizations such as the American India Foundation (AIF).
AIF has been addressing the underlying causes of poverty in India since its inception in 2001, when former President Bill Clinton and India’s Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee recognized the need for a philanthropy platform in response to the devastation wreaked by the Gujarat earthquake.
One of AIF’s initiatives, the Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), recognizes the effects of migration on children. Laborers from rural areas often uproot their families and migrate to hazardous sites, such as salt pans, in search of better financial opportunities. During the migration period, which can last up to 8 months, children are forced to stop school, thus creating an educational gap. LAMP works in these remote regions to provide children with access to education and residential hostels for a safe environment.
Artisan Asha Pabla Frequents the New York Art Scene