Citizens for Justice and Peace

Model Auditions announced for Lakme Fashion Week



A ‘Fashion for Relief’ Benefit Show

Lakme Fashion Week’s tribute to 26/11 victims


  • Vikram
    Chatwal Hotels presents the initiative
  • Naomi
    Campbell to walk the ramp in aid of the 26/11 victims


Mumbai, March 14, 2009:  Integrating India with Global fashion, two
celebrated Fashion and Design icons have come together with Lakme & IMG at
Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Fall – Winter ‘09 to bring alive a show for the first
time in the history of Indian fashion weeks. Christened as ‘Mai Mumbai
this unique fashion show will be to benefit the victims of 26/11 blasts in
Mumbai and to demonstrate that the city of Mumbai is “open for business


,’ ("I am Mumbai") will bring together international and
Indian fashion designers to showcase their creations on one runway adorned with
India’s best models, bollywood stars, athletes and prominent social and
business leaders who together will wear bedazzled gowns and T-shirts and show
their love for Mumbai & India. All the donated garments will be auctioned
with proceeds donated to the victims of 26/11.


Vikram Chatwal, US based hotelier, will
present the ‘Mai Mumbai’ show on the eve of opening his first-ever Dream
Hotel in Cochin, India.


International supermodel Naomi Campbell
created ‘Fashion for Relief’ to galvanize the creativity and generosity of the
fashion community in times and places of need. Campbell is also organizing the
show with the cooperation of Lakme Fashion Week and will be the show stopper
for the ‘by invitation only’ ‘Mai Mumbai’ show on the 28th of March 2009.


Vikram Chatwal Hotels directly contributes
through Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), an organization founded by a
group of Mumbai citizens like Teesta Setalvad, Alyque Padamsee, Javed
Akhtar, Rahul Bose and more who among other initiatives have been working to
provide relief and rehabilitation to victims of mass crimes including


Naomi Campbell’s ‘Fashion for Relief,’
charity fashion show and auction, was created in 2005. During NY’s
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week a benefit fashion show raised funds for New Orleans’
Hurricane Katrina, and as part of London Fashion Week in 2008 in aid of the
White Ribbon Alliance for saving lives of pregnant women and newborn babies
around the world. And now will contribute to the victims of 26/11, in Mumbai.


Talking about this initiative, Anil
Chopra, Advisor – Lakmé
, says, “Lakme Fashion Week innovates through new
avenues not only to give the fashion fraternity a platform to grow but also to
position India into the global map. ‘Mai Mumbai’ which actively involves
the two International personalities, Vikram Chatwal and Naomi Campbell, is a
response to Mumbai and New York’s similar tragic incidents. With this
initiative we look forward to take the fashion fraternity to make a statement
against the global terror the world is facing today.”


Commenting on this unique initiative – ‘Mai
Ravi Krishnan, soon to take over as Managing Director –
IMG India
said, “We would like to thank Vikram Chatwal for making the
effort to make a difference. What we want to express through ‘Mai Mumbai’
and Lakme Fashion Week is global solidarity against terror that fashion is a
universal language and that Mumbai is Open for Business. I would also
like to laud the efforts of my colleagues at IMG, Naomi and her Fashion for Relief
team, who have worked round the clock to bring the idea to reality in such a
short time frame.”
Mr. Krishnan continued “Lakme Fashion Week believes
in uniting and promoting all facets of fashion fraternity and it’s our
responsibility, as an event, to spread a universal message across all


Vikram Chatwal adds on the initiative, “‘Fashion for
relief’ through the initiative ‘Mai Mumbai’ is a great step towards healing for
the Indian and World communities. By bringing the spotlight to Mumbai and
highlighting the seemingly endless pool of talent, IMG has helped place Indian
fashion onto the global runway. To share this exciting time with my good
friends Naomi and Fern makes it that much more special.”


About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is a jointly
organised by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty brand in India and IMG
Fashion, global leader in the management and production of fashion weeks and
designer fashion events. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine
the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”.

LFW is organized twice annually. LFW Fall Winter 2009 will be held on 27th
to 31st March’09 at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. For further
information log on to


About Lakmé:

The ‘No.1 and expert’ in the beauty
industry, Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high
performance and exceptional quality color cosmetics, skincare products, and
beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé
also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann
Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetics
technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé
offers its consumers a holistic ‘Beauty Sutra’ experience through its
products and services at the Lakmé Beauty Salons. For further information log
on to


About IMG Fashion:

IMG Fashion, a
division of international sports, entertainment and media company IMG, is the
global leader in the management and production of fashion weeks and designer
fashion events.  Its portfolio of events features Lakme Fashion Week
located in the heart of Mumbai as well as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in New
York, Miami and Berlin, Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden in London, Rosemount
Australian Fashion Week, Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival in Sydney, SWIM
FASHION WEEK at Sanctuary Cove on Australia’s Gold Coast, MasterCard Luxury
Week Hong Kong and The Earth Awards.  IMG Fashion also represents the
international commercial rights of Milan Fashion Week, Moscow Fashion Week
presented by VISA, ENK International and LG Fashion Week in Toronto.

IMG Fashion’s
The Daily Group publishes The Daily Front Row, the bi-monthly Fashion Mini, The
Daily Front Row Extra and, all content that is also syndicated to newspapers and
magazines across the globe.

The division’s
network also includes IMG Models, the world’s number one modeling agency with
offices in New York, London, Paris and Milan and Art + Commerce, the world’s
leading agency for photographers, art directors, stylists and makeup

For more information on IMG and its business visit


Vikram Chatwal Hotels

When Vikram Chatwal threw open the doors
of his first ‘Hautel’ The Time in New York’s Times Square nearly 10 years
ago,  he redefined the surrounding
neighborhood and in time, the ‘boutique’ hotel experience.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Vikram
forged forward to create Dream, a new hotel experience that would eventually
evolve into a global brand.

Always looking at the world from his own
eclectic vantage point, Vikram is never content with the expected.

For his next entry to his collective of
couture hostelries, he decided to take a turn towards the dark side and explore
all things Night. A study in Gothic Gotham, Night again set the benchmark for
how the traveling public thinks about hotels. Garnering his second nomination
for the Hospitality Design Awards, Vikram and his hotels was gaining momentum
and turning more than a few heads.

By 2006, the momentum had started to hit a
fevered pitch and the Dream effort moved offshore to Thailand, were the now
much lauded Dream Bangkok firmly took its place on the Conde Nast Hot List in
its first year open.

Moving forward, Vikram Chatwal Hotels has
a rigorous schedule of properties coming on line with Dream locations popping
up in both hemispheres. Dream Cochin will mark the first of many properties to
open in India when it appears on the scene this April 5th, soon to be followed
by its newest brethren Dream South Beach in the sun drenched mecca of Miami.

Look for Vikram to dream up more Dreams
soon in Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Toronto, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore,
Jaipur and Chennai.



further information, please contact:

Payal Dass – Genesis-Burson Marsteller

Tel: (022) 2491 1783 / 85  (M) 9930396918

[email protected]


Press Contact for Vikram Chatwal Hotels in India

Toral Sanghavi

Clea Public Relations

Mobile: 09821045486

[email protected]



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