The Indian fashion scene is not sporadic and it has always honoured time tested silhouettes and ethnic roots. However the young breed of upcoming Indian fashion designers are daring to challenge the country’s notion of fashion.
The Indian consumer is also becoming more open to the labels from such upcoming Indian fashion designers as outfits are no longer getting sold on pure brand value.
Exciting silhouettes and fresh perspectives in outfits are winning over the hearts of young India.
The Indian fashion weeks have opened up their stage to welcome such promising new talents, who have the potential to drive the fashion choices of the country. Following its tradition, the latest season of Indian fashion weeks also celebrated the upcoming Indian fashion designers with potential.
Here is our list of 5 upcoming Indian fashion designers to watch:
Designer Jayanti Reddy debuted on the ramp of Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 with her collection ‘SIAA- Reimagining the Past’. Her design sensibilities took inspiration from traditional Indian outfits. However her presentation was for a modern woman looking for an edge in her outfits. She used organic cotton and hand-woven silk as fabrics for her creative display. Natural dye prints gave an intellectual hint to her aesthetics. Great colour choices like rusts and mustards elevated the creative effect of her outfits.
The designer started her eponymous label in 2011 and is gaining popularity with the younger audience. While taking a contemporary route for her designs, she maintains carefully crafted detailing for all the embellishments in her outfits.
Pallavi Singhee is one of the upcoming Indian fashion designers, who presented her collection ‘Freckled Beauty with Imperfection’ at the recent Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort. Pallavi Singhee’s label Verb has gained popularity with famed celebrities like Priyanka Chopra. Pallavi works towards creating fashion that is wearable as well as affordable.
Pallavi Singhee’s collection celebrated the minimalistic concept and was inspired by the wabi sabi culture from Japan. Wabi sabi aims at finding beauty in nature rather than aiming to modify it. The collection presented its ideologies in the form of wrap dresses, knotted crop tops, slit maxi dresses and sequinned attires. The outfits had a deliberate crude and earthy feel, aiming to present beauty devoid of perfection.
Anand Kabra is a trendsetter all the way, which can be seen through his mid night blue jumpsuit presented at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016. Kabra is known to marry Indian fashion ideologies with western silhouettes and his wedding appropriate jumpsuit dares to change the perspective of Indian evening attires.
Anand Kabra’s collection for the show oozed glamour with juxtaposition fervour. He used the traditional Indian colour palette of beige, midnight blue, maroon and ivory highlighted with gold. His jacketed sarees, shararas, edgy lehengas and anarkalis had a modern appeal. Upcoming Indian fashion designers like Kabra know that Indian weddings are changing to accommodate modern needs. The designer’s creations are striking a chord with the changing fashion perspectives.
Sneha Arora is a young designer whose outfits with androgynous silhouettes cannot be ignored. She caters to the modern, bold woman by creating lady like outfits using masculine structure as inspiration. Her latest collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 continued her ideologies through the concept of ‘Find Your Wild’.
The designer’s approach was untamed with wild animal motifs driving home the message. Her colour palette was muted and the collared pant suits and dresses displayed sharp tailoring. With her understanding of ease of wearability and distinctive treatment, Sneha Arora is definitely one of the upcoming Indian fashion designers to watch.
Quirkbox, as the label name suggests, offers unique prints on outfits and fresh and fun fashion. Quirkbox’s lastest SS16 collection ‘This is Not Fashion’ presents artwork on fabrics. Cross-stitched prints and prints of tools of fashion like scissors, needles and sewing machines made a fun statement. Jayesh Sachdev and Rixi Bhatia, the upcoming Indian fashion designers behind Quirkbox convey that fashion is not just what meets the eye, it is a labour of love.
Quirkbox brought the background work to the forefront through their innovative print choices. The design label used shirt inspired jackets for most of the silhouettes which included skirts, dresses and shorts. Their presentation had a summer revelry feel to it.
Fashion is a form of art and art is always open to innovation and fresh perspectives. The upcoming Indian fashion designers bring in the desired change to the aesthetics of fashion. Each designer has their unique style of fashion. The younger designers can relate more with the need of the young audience who are open to surprises. With their ability to create dialogue with the young connoisseurs of fashion, the upcoming Indian fashion designers are changing the dynamics of Indian fashion.
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