Anuj Bhutani, Delhi
"Anuj follows a consistent approach with design, luxury and experimentation; his strength lies in his clever constructions, experimental fabrics and relaxed tailoring," says Anita Dongre. The 25-year-old graduate from the JD Institute of Fashion Technology, does a fresh take on the 60s English subculture called the Teddy Boys. His collection REBOOT reconstructs menswear, to create comfort with a dash of grandeur in a unisex fashion.
Arunima Majhi, Mumbai
"Arunima focuses on cut, quality and workmanship of her creations. Her futuristic inspiration for the evening wear collection—Venus Fly Trap—is unique, edgy and exceptionally artistic," remarks Anita. While at first glance, there appears to be a palpable air of 70s casualness to her designs, the National Institute of Fashion Technology graduate's Venus Fly Trap collection reportedly attempts to capture the deceptive nature of the carnivorous plant and is designed for women 'who desire to stand out'.
Dhruv Kapoor, Delhi
"Dhruv's clothes are a balance of wearability and aesthetics. He is very clear about who his consumer is and what market he wants to cater to," remarks Anita, who thinks he has tremendous potential. Dhruv, who has a Masters in Fashion Design Women's Wear from Marangoni, Italy, attempts, 'to bring out a fearless army of women, who defy superficial fragility.' Are straight lines and structure enough to capture the intellect and passion of women or highlight all that's 'raw and bold'? Only time will tell.
Alice in Wonderland
Kristy De Cunha, Mumbai
"Kristy De Cunha uses bold colours and plays with elaborate textures and prints; her strength lies in her individualistic fashion statements," Anita tells us. The 31-year-old's Le Casa Azul (the blue sky) collection, a tribute to Frida Kahlo and her unborn, has an Alice in Wonderland kind of appeal. Kristy is hoping that the 'custom-designed bold prints and the use of colour' inspired by Frida's raw emotions and her larger-than-life personality will cause some shock and awe.
Neha Agarwal, Mumbai
According to Anita, "Neha fearlessly combines fashion and eccentricity. She has immense potential and has shown limitless imagination in her design concepts and workmanship". This 28-year-old Mumbai-based, London College of Fashion graduate appears to have a thing for the dark side. Curves and hand-made textures notwithstanding, her collection Niola Doa, which 'personifies apocalyptic beauty, inspired by the primitive culture of the Ethiopian Mursi Tribe' has distinct goth undertones.
Surbhi Shekhar, Delhi
"With her strong hold on combining textures, Surbhi has used her imagination to design bold silhouettes, modular separates and feline styles," comments Anita. This New Delhi based, 28-year-old National Institute of Fashion Technology graduate's collection is 'inspired by Fever Ray, lead vocalist of the Knife'. If you sense an air of witchcraft in the bold silhouettes, feminine forms and modular separates, she's done what she set out to do.