Fashion Week finally comes to a halt and our fashion fed brains are fatigued with excessive snippets of designer volcanoes erupting in fashion capitals all over the globe. Fortunately we’re here to break out from the clutter. While Givenchy’s bejeweled faces and Gucci’s new shabby-chic is the talk of the town, we bring to you the low-down on these exceptional talents that have been lurking in the shadows. They’re original, individualistic and pioneers of their own aesthetic, and are swiftly conquering new horizons.
In a fashion kingdom now driven by sustainability, eco-frendly fabrics just won’t do the trick. We want beauty, a great silhouette and a succelently authentic outfit. N&S Gaia brings you that and more. Designed by NIFT graduate Sidharth Sinha, this label is conceived in the textile-rich region of North East India. The brand uses natural fibers to produce sustainable and essential fabrics with research and development in the areas of natural dyeing and crafts. Deeply rooted into its traditional heritage the brand creates beautiful, unconventional garments in western silhouettes. There are sari dresses with floral embroidery, pleated chinoiserie smocks and fluid tie-dye blouses crafted in Khadi silks and woolen blends. N&S stands for Nature and sustainability while Gaia is the Primal Greek Goddess. Sinha’s garments are delicate depictions of blossoms in a flower bed – a perfect ode.
Bold lines,minimalism and the androgyny of menswear – these are the design elements that sum up Mumbai based sister duo Tina and Nikita Suthradhar‘s fresh new label – Miuniku. At the ripe ages of 25 & 23, they have graduated from the esteemed London College of Fashion and are proud winners of the special prize along side Thomas Tait who won the coveted LVMH prize. One often stereotypes an Indian designer’s aesthetic to be dominated by embellishments but these girls use a clean contemporary ideology with an international outlook. Punchy colorblocks, knot details and structured forms are their style. Even though the brand are just two seasons old, they have captured the attention of the industry’s legends. Watch out for them!
CUSHNIE ET OCHS
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs understand women. These American designers have been creating garments that embody raw feminine sensuality since 2008 through their namesake brand Cushnie et Ochs. Luxurious and striking, their garments are mostly found in monochromatic pallets. Mesh neck-lines, peplum hems and sexy cut-outs – theyir clothes are created to flatter and embrace every curve of the female body. The talented designers have also been finalists of the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund as well as nominees for the 2013 CFDA Swarowski Awards. Their designs are hot favorites among fashion stalwarts such as Michelle Obama and Rihanna.
Sacai is an eight-year old label started by former Comme Des Garçons designer Chistose Abe. The label signifies typical Japanese dexterity coupled with the use of innovative fabrics and feminine designs. The uniqueness of this brand can be seen through its juxtaposing of unexpected fabrics such as neoprene, knits and tulles in order to create ensembles in interesting exaggerated silhouettes. Abe recently collaborated with sport tycoon Nike to launch a dynamic collection filled with punchy colours, lending traditional sportswear pieces a modern silhoutte.
6397 is a revolutionary denim brand which is the collaborated creation of Stella Ishii, the owner of New York based showroom The News. Ishii has been one of the major driving forces behind the launching of young prodigies such as Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim into the American market. 6397 (which stands for ‘news’ on a phone keypad) offers minimalist and tom-boyish clothing free of decoration. Their staples consist of baseball jackets, muscle tees and slouchy cardigans, all perfect accompaniments to their exhaustive line of denims. The denims are manufactured in Los Angeles and the basic tees are woven out of premium fabrics such as cashmere and linen blends. The inspiration for the brand comes from the personal styles of how their staff don their daily pair of jeans. This brand is on a quick rise and definitely redefining ‘cool’.
Written by Tanya Mehta