Designers and models who will make it to the big league...
These are the faces of fashion in the years to come. Kirti Mehta looks at three designers and three models who
are all set to take the industry by storm
Top three designers
The young designer was recently voted the MTV youth icon of the year in the fashion segment. He has always worked with the handlooms of India — whether it is the Kerala cottons or the silks from Bhagalpur.
The last fashion week saw him presenting rich handlooms of Madhya Pradesh, for which he won accolades.
Nitin Bal Chauhan
Last year, he was at the London, Paris and Japan fashion week and at the Tranoi fair. Interestingly, this designer turned down a scholarship in fashion designing from the Domus Academy to disappear into the hills of Himachal.
Two years later, in 2007, he surfaced with his collection in Lakme fashion week. He won the gen next fashion award at the week and then there was no looking back.
The Italian design journal, Creativita Collezzioni, has featured Gaurav Gupta amongst leading designers worldwide, likely to set global fashion trends in the coming years.
Gaurav received the Future of couture title at the Rome couture fashion week, Breakthrough designer of the year at MTV Lycra awards in 2006.
He also showcased his collection at Tranoi fair in Paris, in 2008.
Bangalore girl Lakshmi Menon is ranked 33 in the Top 50 Models list in international web portal models.com.
She has to her credit international campaigns for Givenchy, Max Mara, Banana Republic, Hermès and very recently, Stella McCartney. The lady has also walked for international ramps in Paris, Milan, London and New York.
Moni, as she is popularly known in modelling circles, began modelling at the age of 21, in 2004. The same year, she bagged one of the top five spots in the French Metropolitan agency’s 2003 top model contest.
Moni today is a perma-fixture on the Indian and international ramps. An IMG model, she has walked the ramp for Australia and Paris fashion weeks.
The lady has walked the ramp for many international names around the world including the grand old dame of fashion — Vivienne Westwood.
She is the face of Lakme and has walked the ramp for major Indian designers.
An international consumer brand signed her for an ad campaign making her the first Indian model to be featured in the brand’s ad known to only feature foreign models.
Some other models to look out for in this year are — Diana Penty, who replaced Deepika Padukone as the brand ambassador of an international cosmetics brand and Lisa Haydon.