Category: Fashion

Gorgeous Hand-Worked Evening Wear

Born and raised in Bombay to a business-orientated family, Sharnita Nandwana was expected to one day take over the family manufacturing/export business. So she decided to go down the conventional route of finishing high school, doing a degree in Economics and an MBA eventually. However, when Sharnita was meant to be studying she would end…

Quirky Handloom Weaves

Fashion designer Debashri Samanta grew up in south Kolkata, India in a family of doctors and engineers. Designing was something individual to her with no one to influence or tweak her perception of art. Debashri always loved ideating interesting silhouettes. Even as a child she would go through her mum’s closet, a designer’s delight with…

Modern Expressions of Rural Fashion

Designer Harshita Gautam grew up in a small town in UP, India called Saharanpur. She studied Spanish and went on to work in the corporate world as a linguist.  One regular day in 2013 as Harshita was driving from her office to her home she saw a woman on the Mumbai-Pune highway that caught her eye. She…

Contemporary Classic Tulsi

Neeru Kumar graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India  with A specialization in Textiles and a keen interest in weaving. She loves discovering new crafts from the places that she travels to and imbibes them in her work.  She is known for her use of traditional techniques with a contemporary twist and…

Love for Leather

Friends Vidhi Sharma and Arpan Patel, both share a fascination for leather. After pursuing his Masters degree in Arts & Design from the University of Arts, London, Arpan started off creating leather furniture. While Vidhi specialized in Textiles and Soft furnishings. Early this year both Vidhi and Arpan were offered a leather based project by an NGO in…

Almirah

Aditi Bajpai’s mother Divya started her own company when Aditi was only two. She used to export bedding and clothes, and also design for her buyers. As a child Aditi would accompany her mum to work and spend endless hours around fabrics, playing with spools of threads and getting her dolls dresses and her dresses made…

Blueprint Coleccion

Divya Niranjan has always been fascinated by fabrics and the way they are transformed via design into clothes. She worked as production manager with a leading designer in Chennai and that is where she discovered what she really wanted to be. After a couple of years of gaining the requisite experience Divya decided to launch her…

Limited Edition Designs

Sisters Nidhi Mehta and Hiral Bhogi have always been very instinctive towards each other. While Hiral is the left brainer, Nidhi is the dreamer and together they fit like a jigsaw puzzle. Though both the sisters soared well in their individual careers, there was a creative strain that pulled them together to do something new,…

Design by Example

Moutushi Sarkar is a fashion design graduate from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. After her graduation, Moutushi worked around 7 years, mostly in the Indian export market, gaining experience in designing for various international upmarket brands across Europe and USA. To break the monotony of the bridge-line/high street market caused by mass…

Lotus Eye

Designer Mita Naidu was born in Kolkata, India and raised in Canada. She went to Canterbury Highschool (performing arts highschool for ballet), Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) for ballet, finished up her BA at UBC in Anthropology and Asian Studies, then completed an MA in Human Kinetics and an MHA in Health…

Simply Sophisticated

Designer Shweta Kapur is a graduate from the London College of Fashion. After having worked with designers likes Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla (Mumbai) and Nitin Bal Chauhan (New Delhi), Shweta moved to London to get out of her comfort zone and pursue fashion. While studying there, she interned with Burberry and then again when the…

Totems of African Tribes

Designer Payal Kothari has been involved in the design and manufacturing of footwear since 2002. She mastered the technical art of accessory design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Her apprenticeship with 5th Avenue brands like Nina Shoes and Delman, acquired her shelf space with reputed stores like Bergdoff Goodman, Bloomingdale, Saks Fifth…

Romantic Mulmul

Designer Puja Chodha grew up in Bangalore, south India and dreamed of being an actor. Acting came naturally to her and Miss Audrey Hepburn was god.  She did a fair amount of theatre in school and college and always ended up in scrumptious period costumes or coveted romantic lead roles that exalted damsels in distress. Puja’s…

Exquisite Fabrics, Stunning Prints & Ornate Jewels

Fashion Designer Roopa Pemmaraju is an alumnus of the reputed art institute, Chitra Kala Parishath, after which she worked with renowned retailers Tommy Hilfiger and Madura Garments before launching her label Roopa Pemmaraju. Her collaborative debut collection caught the eye of IMG Fashion, and secured her a coveted spot in the Next Gen section of…

Ridzyn

An alumnus of N.I.F.T. – New Delhi, Ritesh Kumar moved to Italy in 2005 to start his Master’ Degree in Fashion Design at Domus Academy – Milan. A year later he joined Luca Berti Fashion Studio in Ferrara, where he gained valuable experience and sharpened his design skills.  In 2007 he returned to Delhi where…

SHOCKWAVE PULSAR

Designer Gurdeep Lall graduated in Fashion from the University of Northampton. Two  years after graduating  he launched his Label Lall London, a ‘casual-luxe’ label which features silk chiffon vests, tunics and dresses that have been hand sequined with fresh graphic images. Being of Sikh Indian decent, and born & brought up in London Gurdeep has…

Unique, Hand-crafted Bags

Accessory Designer Richa Dubey is an alumnus of the prestigious NIFT, New Delhi.  She worked with a number of international design houses, fashion studios and craft clusters across India before deciding to launch her own label, 22.2accessories. Richa loves to work with Indian textiles and craft techniques to create beautiful handcrafted products that have a…

Warrior of the Forbidden Kingdom

Designer Raman Vij is an alumni of the prestigious NIFT Delhi, where he  won the Best Knitwear Design Collection Award in the  year 1997. He then won a scholarship to do his Masters in Fashion and Textiles from the Nottingham Trent University, after which  he worked with design studios like Robert Weldon Design Studio and Liberty.…

Tele-commandments: for a cathodic soul

Divya Raman graduated from London College of Fashion with an MA in womenswear Digital Fashion. Before her MA, Divya has worked as a Prêt-a-Porter womenswear designer for a leading design house on international sport and street brands including Levi Strauss & co., Orsay and FILA. She was a finalist in Project Runway India and was…

Of Dichotomies and Identities

Designer Akshay Tyagi was born in India and graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA in Textiles and a Minor in Fashion. He has been commissioned by performance group Camerata Xara Young Women’s Choir in Halifax and actress Lucy DeCoutere for Atlantic Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Last year he was appointed as…

Fashionable Footwear

Designer Aksha Fernandez studied and worked as an architect, in India in her early years. But, she felt that architecture didn’t quite give her the freedom to fully explore her creative ideas. So, she decided to venture to Milan, Italy, where she did her MA in Accessories Design. In Milan, she also learned about Italian craftsmanship…

Nostalgic Future

Ruchika Sachdeva graduated from the London College of Fashion and went on to work with prestigious design houses such as Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and Nitin Bal Chauhan. She launched her own label ‘BODICE’ in 2010 at the Lakme India Fashion Week. In order to inch closer to her vision of establishing BODICE as one…

Fun Filled Luxury

Designer Tosha Patel Choksi started making fashion bead jewellery when she was in school. Later while studying for her Bachelor’s in Painting at the renowned Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara – Maharaja Sayajirao University she started making more and selling them for pocket money. By the end of the course she realized that although she…

Pretty dress for your little princess

Textile and graphic designer Ruchita Bahl studied textile designing from the very well known SNDT, Mumbai. One day when one of her friends looked at Ruchita’s then 2 months old daughter’s jammies and exclaimed they were the same ones her daughter had, Ruchita’s mind started thinking. She wanted something different for her daughter and so…

Tambourine

Divya Mohta is a Bombayite, born, raised and educated in this vibrant metropolis. In her quest to understand and study fashion she moved to London to learn the craft. Thereafter for 6 years in New York she worked in Fashion and related areas. Through this time she furthered her knowledge by taking various inter–disciplinary courses…

Methodorama

Designer Misha Singh started to create clothes when she felt she could not find the kind of clothes she wanted to wear. Incorporating the best of her imagination and design sensibility she started designing clothes that are best encapsulated by the question “why not? Inspired by Mumbai, India and the World, her label Methodorama is…

Whimsical MOO-NEE

Designer Samara Mahendru has always had a special love for indigenous textiles. Having discovered hand block printing to be a versatile medium for her graphic illustrative style, Samara with the support of her husband, recently launched her label, MUNY (pronounced moo-nee, MU for Mumbai and NY for New York). With MUNY, Samara combines traditional Indian textiles…

Masala Tee

Noelline Besson grew up in a creative atmosphere at home and then studied art and photography in Ecole des Beaux Arts & Ecole d’Art d’Avigon. After which she graduated in Interior Architecture in Paris (Ecole Boulle). She worked as freelance decorative painter and designer for 10 years, in France before she moved to India. Though Noelline…

Krazy Kitsch

Self-taught artist Nida Mahmood is also a trained designer from the prestigious NIFT. Her designs were awarded the “Most Creative Design Collection” in 2002. Kitsch being her muse and forte, her last 3 collections at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week titled ‘High on Chai’, ‘Bioscope’, ‘Sadak Chaap’ and Machis met with rave reviews, critical appreciation…

Comfortable, Wearable & Cutting Edge

Independent clothing and accessories designer Meera Mittal graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Her designs have been featured in many of India’s top fashion magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Time Out among others. Meera handcrafts luscious, contemporary pieces using centuries-old Indian craft techniques. She uses materials more often…

Luxury Cashmere Warmers

Accessories designer Payal Luthra graduated from the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her designs exhibit a fresh and international sensibility, blending influences from her extensive travels and their intersections with her life in both the U.S. and India. Inspired by the structural qualities of materials, Payal’s designs are both progressive and enduring. Her spring…

Flamboyart

An academic scholar Malini Agarwalla is also a medal winning sports person and an active member in various community service projects. Having an immense passion for jewellery and handbags, Malini started to create accessories for the contemporary woman. Her label Malaga reflects international trends whilst showcasing the wealth of art and craft in India. Malini’s…

The ‘Raining’ Champion

As a teenager Fashion Designer Sonya Vajifdar worked as a model with Elite Model Management, Mumbai and OM Model Management, Milan. A need to be different, dress different and create personalised fashion wear inspired her to study Fashion and Textile Design at Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy. She interned with French fashion house Estrele…

Urban Tapestry

Luxury handbag designer, Meera Mahadevia has been creating customized design accessory for celebrities and socialites across the world for about 25 years now.  Until recently her designs were only accessible to the likes of Maharani Gayatri Devi, Elizabeth Hurley, Rekha, Kareena Kapoor, and Bipasha Basu to name a few. Today her creations are showcased in…

Lotus Sutra

Fashion accessories designer Rachana Reddy believes accessories are a beautiful medium of individualistic expression.  A natural inclination for art and design and a love for accessories led her to do a course in Cordwainers -London College of Fashion. Inspired by all sorts of things like a good read, a bug or a building she feels…

Perfect Fusion Ensemble

Designer Anu Mirchandani’s fashion label Ananya is a leading brand for luxury kaftans, jewelled dresses & evening wear.  Her client list includes celebrities like Madonna, Kylie, Keira Knightley, Lisa B and Kate Moss speaking volumes of her designs. Anu’s 2011 collection oozes luxury and charm with pretty beach dresses to exquisite evening wear that look…

Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner of the Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010 given by The British Council and Elle, Nachiket Barve’s work has appeared in all major publications and has been appreciated by the best in the international fashion world. He is renowned for creating his own innovative textiles, and designs that are contemporary and chic.…

Jaisalmer meets Ibiza

Fashion Designer Anupama Dayal loves experimenting and setting new milestones in her unique printing and needlework techniques. In her resort wear 2010 collection, inspired by the nomads of the Thar desert Anupama worked with bright colours like spice green, dancing red, fire pink and kingfisher blue. Using tie dyed leheriya and shibori on chiffon, silk…

Pretty Frills and Dark Mysteries!

Perfect example of how magic is created when the right people come together are these brilliant pictures created by photographer Vikram Kushwah and fashion designer Trisha Sakhlecha. With utterly quirky poses and perfectly feminine yet awkwardly cut out garments, these brilliantly directed and shot photographs totally amazed and intrigued me. Titled ‘The stepmother’s daughter’ here…

One to watch out for!!!

Karishma Shahani is a spanking new fashion designer who just graduated from the London School of Fashion and is already being talked about as the next big thing in the fashion industry. Her collection ‘Yatra’ won the Fashion Textiles award at the London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology show June 2010.…