These designers are redefining fashion and creating incredible outfits that will help you turn heads. By Satyaki Sarkar
1. Suket Dhir
With his fearsome beard and flowing locks, Suket Dhir is definitely not someone who could slip by without your notice. Add to that his brilliant and innovative design aesthetic and you know he is here to stay. Winner of the prestigious 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize, his collections feature tailored Nehru jackets, linen pants, band collar shirts and bright colourful kurtas made using Indian textiles. He fuses western tailoring with traditional techniques and Indian garments to create fluid, colourful collections.
2. Dhruv Kapoor
Embracing the new age, and the constant buzz about digital advancement, this alumnus of Istituto Marangoni has themed his creations after the transformation. As proficient in luxury sports menswear as he is in formal wear, Dhruv’s collection includes a wide range of trendy and fashionable attire, from 3-D floral printed zipper jackets to tailored trousers and stylish, sturdy overcoats. His creations are astute and luxurious, while also being postmodern and architectural.
3. Asa Kazingmei
Having redefined fashion with his impressive creations at Lakme Fashion Week in 2012, this Manipur-born designer hasn’t looked back since. With a specialty in rock ’n’ roll style, Asa’s collections feature outfits using leather panels, metal studs, and rivets, with a predominance of black, inspired from a Naga warrior’s shield. However, as impressive and striking as the outfits are, one would need quite an exceptional amount of confidence and panache to carry them off. So it’s a wise idea to invest in individual items, and use them as accent pieces in your ensemble.
4. Ujjawal Dubey
A fashion design graduate from NIFT Kolkata, Ujjawal Dubey is another brilliant young fashion designer who made his debut through Lakme Fashion Week. His label Antar-Agni specialises in classically edgy, androgynous menswear items that are as impressive as they are striking. His works, such as the fluid pants and streamlined kurtas are high on individuality and focus on helping the wearer stand apart from the crowd.
5. Sayantan Sarkar
If you’re someone who adores prints, but is constantly put off by the nauseating amount of Hawaiian shirts and tacky graphic T-shirts available everywhere, then you need to check out Sayntan Sarkar’s line. Fusing chic contemporary ethnic wear with smart westerns, his creations are as classy as they are strikingly different. Using traditional weaves and silhouettes, even using Japanese Kokeshi dolls as prints for jackets and shirts, his label is one that is guaranteed to grab your attention, and for good reason.