Joanne Molina, Senior Editor
Earlier this week I blogged about the highlights of Lakme Indian Fashion Week, but after realizing how little even the savviest of modern fashion moguls know about Indian designers, with the help of the Lakme organizers I thought I would profile a few of India’s best.
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Anupama believes in achieving an international look while keeping the Indian soul intact. Her signature style is high-fashion women’s wear where she attempts at translating Indian textile traditions in her bold and modern style.
Deepti’s strength lies in developing forms, styles, silhouettes and surfaces (print and textures) of different kinds. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Deepti has a strong artistic bend with the ability to creatively fuse different mediums into a piece of art.
aD normal’ by Abhishek Dutta
Winner of The Smirnoff International Fashion Award and an award winning student of Wigan & Leigh College, Abhishek believes in creating garments with a difference. He focuses on wearibility along with a futuristic look by combining unconventional fabrics like denims, velvets, leather, etc. with various ancient embroideries and futuristic cuts. His creative talent ranges from women’s wear to menswear, ethnic as well as western and extends to accessories too. His collection is available globally and has been a part of Bali fashion week, Asia Fashion Week, Singapore Fashion Week and India Fashion Week.
Dev r Nil
Dev ‘the dreamer’ of the two is a Commerce graduate from St Xavier’s, Kolkata. He studied Fashion at NiFD Kolkata and was a ‘Style File Young Masters’ finalist in 2004. Nil ‘the entrepreneur’ studied Fashion from Canberra Institute of Technology, Australia, interned under Akira Isogawa, which helped him understand the importance of Art in Fashion. At their studio in Kolkata, they have aptly elevated fashion designing to an art form where art is not only for art’s sake but it has been made into a viable business venture.