Jaz Creates the Ambiance for Beautiful Models, Fashions and People

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By Jawahar Malhotra

HOUSTON: You’d have to be a neophyte in the desi community to not have come across the person who created a stir in the fashion business last Friday night, December 11. Over the past decade, she has managed to become a go-to person if you wanted to create waves in music and dance and later in fusing the two into a choreographed fashion show.

Jasmeeta Singh has shown that she could meld young kids into a group who sang geets at Sikh religious functions at gurdwaras and the Sikh National Center events; or direct young and older groups to produce bhangra competitions at the annual Vaisakhi program held at the Cullen Auditorium at the University of Houston. An artist trained in classical Kathak and vocal music, she gave dance classes, and directed the cultural portions of the Republic and Independence Day events organized by the India Culture Center, of which she was a Director. And as a Past Director of the Interfaith Ministries of Houston, along with her husband, businessman and engineer Bobby Singh, she helped produce its annual Tapestry Ball and interfaith dialogues on Sikhism.

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Photos: Jasleen Kaur, Murali Santhana

Now, for close to a year, the beautiful dynamo has ventured into the world of haute couture fashion, conducting classes for those who are interested in pursuing a career in modeling. Her company, Jaz Creationz is a unique modeling agency and dancing school that wants to create diversity in the modeling world by merging dance of different cultures together to form a common ground to build bridges between communities as well as learning poise and public speaking skills. Classes for her next 4 and 8 week sessions start on January 9.

Her company, Jaz Creationz, held its inaugural fashion and dance event this past Friday, December 11 at the Millennium Hall, the banquet conference center of Preet Hotel at the corner of the Southwest Freeway and Belt 8 South and its parking lot was overwhelmingly packed.  The show celebrated the beauty and fashion diversity of Indo American culture through fashion, music and dance drama.

“I want to expose the talents of diverse creative fashion divas and promote an understanding and awareness of different cultures,” said an excited Jasmeeta before the show, “I want to educate, engage and empower the fashion industry. This show reflects our diverse cultural heritage.”

Guests arrived for the VIP social hour in half of the hall which was partitioned off into a photo shoot studio where they could mingle with fashion designers and Jasmeeta to have their pictures taken by a bank of photographers against a white backdrop bearing the JC brand and logo. Most of the Board of the ICC were there as well as the CEO Of Interfaith Ministries, Martin Cominsky and his wife Maria; Robert Hopkins, Asst. Regional Director, Dept of State, Office of Foreign Missions along with Yeliz and Eric Smith; the Consul General of Turkey, Ferhat Alkan and his wife Ozlem Alkan, the Consul General of India, Parvathaneni Harish and wife Nandita; the Consul General of France Sujiro Seam and his wife Jane and the Honorary Consul General of Sri Lanka Wijay Bandula.

After the shoot, the serious and more entertaining side of the event – the fashion show down a decorated and lit ramp with and invigorating music beat – was held in the other half of the hall, with the guests packed into chairs on either side. There were gasps of excitement and applause at the creativity of the designs as well as the poise, style and stunning looks of the models. Eight local designers and boutiques showed off their line of clothes and jewelry from a cross section of styles, reflecting their cultures, from evening wear gowns, to Middle Eastern and Indian origins and Latino and pure American styles.

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The designers were Anil Rana (Atelier Collection); Abdulrizak Abdulle (Hamza Designs); McGwen Davis (Alexander Lee Collection); Sapna Boutique; Afsheen Tejani (Tezaria’s High Couture); Xoxo Collection by Luv Fashion; Kiran Khurana (Silks & Satins) and Meru Merus (Cactus & Bloom).

The entire show lasted over three hours and each line was interspersed by dance performances by the Jaz Creationz Team as well as two songs by American Idol Finalist Vincent Powell. In appreciation of their work in the show, Jasmeeta presented awards to Powell, her organizing team and her sponsors.

The event was organized by Jasmeeta Singh( CEO of Jaz Creationz); Aslam Jivani and Abdul of Deco Art; Arpit Duggal of Touch Of Color; Anil Rana of Envy Couture by Anil; Jasleen Kaur Photography; DJIMPACT of Dbi Dholbeat and Linda Scott, Ramona,Tiffany and Lisa Savage of 1426 Fashion Week.

The sponsors were:  Photography by Jasleen Kaur (JKPhotography) and Murali Santhana (MSan Photo); Videographer by Arpit Duggal (Touch of Color); HumTum Radio  106.1FM; Masala Radio ; TV Asia; WAA TV; Word Press; Cynthia Gutierrez- Hair, and Make-up by Faces By Priya (Priya Sane) and Dani B.