Lakmé Fashion Week announces the six designers who form the 28th batch of the Gen Next designers, handpicked by the prestigious LFW Advisory Board out of 400 enthusiasts, for the Winter/Festive ’19 edition.
The LFW initiative has propelled the path of many young and talented designers, who are now renowned across the industry, right from Rahul Mishra, Nachiket Barve and Masaba Gupta to Kallol Dutta and Aneeth Arora, among others.
And now, the latest set is ready for its journey as well. So, who forms this super six? They include Amaaré by Sahib Bhatia, Anatomy by Gaurav, Little Things Studio by Ankita Srivastava, NoiéNoéi by Akanksha Aggarwal, UraMaku by Manjushree Saikia and ZILZOM by Stanzin Palmo.
Sahib Bhatia hails from New Delhi and holds an honours degree in management from the University of Manchester. He launched his label, Amaaré, post working as the assistant designer to Rina Dhaka. His collection for LFW is based on rotating the inner wheel of thoughts, and showcases surface development exploration done over cotton and wool blends, inspired by textures and pushes the envelope of darkness without feeling basic.
A NIFT, Kolkata alumnus based out of Ghazipur, Gaurav comes from an experience-rich background having worked as an assistant designer with major designers such as Gaurav Gupta, Ekru by Ektaand Ruchira and Mandira Wirk, and as a senior designer at SOLTEE by Sulakshana Monga. The collection from his label, Anatomy, takes cues from the shape, texture and feel of a banana leaf, utilising hand-woven khadi to achieve strong design aesthetics in the form of dynamic curves with soft, bold, flowy silhouettes and intricate draping, layering and boning details.
Delhi-based Ankita comes with a textile design background from NIFT-New Delhi, and the University Of Leeds, United Kingdom. Harnessing the textile expertise she received while working with Aneeth Arora of Pero and Nalli Silk Sarees, Ankita launched her label Little Things Studio. Themed around diverse women, her collection pays homage to women who believe and love themselves and are not afraid to show their strengths as well as their vulnerabilities, spotlighting prints inspired by Matisse hand drawings and paper cut techniques.
A Parsons graduate, Akanksha has worked as a CAD print designer with Lisa International, Eminent Sportswear and as an assistant designer with Rebecca Minkoff. Representing her label, NoiéNoéi, her A/W collection champions self-empowering women with ensembles presenting eccentric volumes, edgy silhouettes, dreamy details and conscious fabrications created with a zero-waste approach.
With bold textures and relaxed contours, it makes use of fabrics like Linen Silk, Linen, Organza, and Jute.
Mumbai-based Manjushree is a NIFT-Mumbai graduate, who launched her label UraMaku after working as a freelance designer and stylist and interning with Arvind Mills. Highlighting timeless silhouettes and impressions of handmade textiles, her collection ‘Down to Reality’ honours efforts made by the artisans. The standout point of the collection are the fabrics used, which include tea-dyed, mulberry, eri, muga silk, cotton/organic cotton & chanderi tissue.
The last to make the cut is Stanzin, a NIFT-Delhi graduate in design whose roots lie in Ladakh. He has an experience of working with Rara Avis by Sonal Verma, Looms of Ladakh and Supreme Overseas. His label, ZILZOM, will bring to the runways a collection that emphasises on the design process that focuses on weaves, work of artisans and unexplored techniques of Ladakh. Celebrating a new perspective with a blend of traditional and modern aesthetics, the range uses fabrics like Pashmina, Ladakhi wool, brocade and cotton with techniques like weaving, embroidery, tie resisting dyeing, gathers and graphic print.
Announcing this batch of Gen Next designers, Ashwath Swaminathan, Head of Innovations, Lakmé said, “Gen Next is a platform which supports fresh talent and their innovative approach towards fashion. This season is more special as we have received a large number of entries not just from Mumbai and New Delhi but also from other parts of the country. Gen Next is the future of fashion and we look forward to seeing the creative collections of the winners on the runway this Winter/Festive 2019.”
Talking about the Gen Next programme, Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance said, “We believe that Gen Next is the most premier designer discovery programme in the country. We are always on the lookout for fresh talent with a flair for innovation. We have had some exceptional talent come to the forefront and are excited to see what these young designers bring to the ramp.”