New entrants in the indian fashion industry are making waves in the fashion world. Here are some designers who are going to showcase their collections during the Indian Fashion Weeks.
Abhijeet Khanna for ‘Risa’: This indian designer who has a focused vision is backed by skills and is always a front runner. His style and creations are unique. Abhijeet Khanna's direction is clear and he follows it through every collection, no matter if his outfits are displayed or not on the runway.
Kanika Saluja for Anaikka: Kanika started in the fashion industry as a jewelry designer. Last season she forayed into the field of womenswear by translating the sensibility of a jeweler onto clothes that she designs. Her collection includes full-length dresses, self draped trousers, short skirts heavily embellished with metallic beading. With her growing high profile client list of actresses, musicians and socialites, it will be difficult to miss her work in the succeeding seasons in the fashion industry.
Payal Khandwala: Payal, after taking a break from her fashion design carrer is back to designing now. Her last collection, ‘Play,’ called out for all the daring women to join her army of strong women. She has a strong sense of design and her work is based on features of soft drapes with masculine tailoring on gowns.
Ankita Chaudhry for Saaj: The designer Ankita Chaudhry likes using vibrant colors, her designs always incorporate a riot of neon, and she believes that “Colors are the route and the portrayal of happiness” which is clear in her portrayal of ready to wear womenswear. She is inspired by the 80s punk mixed with pop princess style. The label Saaj is a few seasons old but is bound to find its voice even more clearly over time.
Thinles Chosdup and Nirajara Adhya: The designer duo’s latest collection is influenced by the culture of Ladakh. Designer Thinles Chosdup, who hails from Ladakh, has co-founded the label with Nirajara Adhya. Their collection titled “Koslak” means ‘clothes’ in Ladakhi. The duo use traditional fabric and print giving the outfits a modern feel in their work.
Chandrani Siingh Fllora: Chandrani launched her eponymous label Chandrani Siingh Fllora in 2006. She made her first international runway with her Autumn Winter 2009-10 collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi. The designer likes using vintage fabrics and silhouettes for her clothes. Her designs stand out from actual vintage because she mixes various fashion era influences into one collection. Her collection ranges from padded shoulders and double-breasted vests to flowing gowns and brocade trousers.
Shagufta Qumar: Shagufta showcased his handbag collection at Mumbai’s Lakme Fashion Week last season. Titled as ‘Moksha’ – The pursuit of inner peace’, abstract, artsy and traditional define his collection. Though most women would agree that their handbag collection shapes their inner peace, Qumar’s design is based on motifs and prints displayed onto the bags. With totes, duffels,big clutches, sling bags, this label makes fashion for different luggage needs of women.
Roma Narsinghani: Urban, traveler and innovative is how Roma Narsinghani describes her clientele. She takes inspiration from her personal lifestyle. The draped dresses and separates are not too complicated in design and aim to stand out from the common high-street shop purchases.
Nikhil Thampi: Nikhil Thampi is a new designer on the fashion block, he showcased both men and womenswear at Lakme Fashion Week. He usually uses ombre shades on draped fabrics for both sexes, the designer evidently envisions collective trends for both men and women. He displayed long-draped shirts, button-less waist coats or single button jackets and long brown wool tunics for men. His womenswear collection includes draped gowns, layered net white/grey topand skirt and ombre color sari.
Isabelle Mittal: The Designer Isabelle Mittal's last collection "Love and War" created under the label "izi Atelier" was inspired by Greek and Indian wear. Her idea is to bring together polar opposites, structure and drapes. She designs easy-to-wear garments like gowns, jackets, dresses, blouses, jumpsuits and skirts.