Not just a fashion designer, but a designer that uses her fashion to make a statement, Runa Ray showed New York City that sustainability can be beautiful with her Spring 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week. “Together we can save our planet from ecological waste and fast fashion. Fashion can be a powerful tool to educate and push people to join in saving and preserving our planet” said Runa Ray.
Runa Ray was Born of Indian heritage and did her schooling in Bangalore, a city in the south of India. After completing her studies at the Fashion at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (India) and receiving the Best Design award for her final collection, Runa Ray moved to Paris to pursue her masters in Garment engineering under the Paris Chamber of Commerce at the Ecole Superieure des Industries du Vetements.
During her time in Paris she learned the fine art of Haute Couture while working with some of the most notable designers in Amsterdam and France, like John Galliano and the House of Dior, and decided to fuse it with her knowledge of ready to wear.
Her Spring Summer 2018 runway collection, named Imagine, opened with a series of neutral cream silk pieces printed with leaves and florals in a fossilized motif. Oversized, asymmetrical flutter sleeves were a theme in both her ivory and blush pieces sprinkled with a hint of sparkle detail. The collection displayed a variety of silhouettes extending from dresses, jumpsuits, to separates, and menswear.
Closing the show was Runa Ray’s The Bleeding Dress scripted with Imagination is the Only Weapon Against Reality made quite an impression with the audience. Notable attendees included wrestler Tami Roman of Basketball Wives, WWE star Danielle Moinet, actress Maria Cotto, Diandra Barnwell of So Cosmo, and Az Marie from Empire.
Runa Ray founded MOJO Design Studios with its manufacturing based in India in 2012. Soon to follow were retail expansions of Mojo a RTW line in Southeast Asia with its head office based in Singapore and Mojo Designs International with its office in London for Europe.