The Next Big Thing: Fashion Designers
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The Next Big Thing: Fashion Designers

Experts feel that some fahion designers might prove more fashionable than others in 2011. Who is your pick? Let's take a look what our judges have to say.

fashion and trends Updated: Dec 25, 2010 16:57 IST
Hindustan Times

Our judges

Gaurav Gupta, Fashion designer

Amit Aggarwal of Morphe

He sticks to and by what he believes in. His shows are very strong

Isha Ahluwalia

Greatly talented, yet fun. Her inexhaustible energy is palpable in her work

Arjun Saluja

Though quite experienced, he’s creative and will finally get his due

Samant Chauhan, Fashion designer

Gaurav Jai Gupta (Akaaro)

His work with Indian textiles is phenomenal – innovative and wearable

Nilanjan Ghosh

A rage abroad, his work is refreshing. He uses distinctly beautiful colours

Amit Aggarwal (Morphe)

His work – detailing, structure, techniques – is brilliant and innovative

Nachiket Barve, Fashion designer

Paromita Banerjee

Individualistic style and dressy clothes. Her work with Bengali textiles is great

Shrivan Narresh

Their take on swimwear is fresh and modern. They are individualistic

fashionGreen Mango

Love their clothes and their design sensibilities

And the fashion designer who gets the maximum votes from our judges is...

Amit Aggarwal

‘I have had a good ride’

His passion is to create forms out of exploratory materials. You will not see only the usual fabrics and embroideries in fashion designer Amit Aggarwal’s clothes. Light-weight aluminium sheets to give clothes a pimpled texture, acrylic and plastic finely interspersed within layers of fabric to give a pleated 3D look – these are just a few samples of Amit’s experiments.

Only a few seasons old, Amit, a NIFT (2002) graduate, created waves in his debut show and won numerous awards. He then worked with Tarun Tahiliani and a Parisian designer. He set up his label, Morphe, in 2008. Doing just western wear, Amit says he wants to explore his existing sensibilities to a "point when the modern Indian bride will wear my clothes to a wedding."

He defines his runway clothes as avante garde but also has a more ready-to-wear line for women. Already a big name (his clothes are all over the fashion magazines), Amit says he’s happy for the recognition as one of our Next Big Things. "It means that if I were doing run-of-the-mill clothes, I would have been just another designer. I have had a good ride with lots of hard work."

Claim to fame

His clothes were hand-picked by Bloomingdales (USA) and Galleries Lafayette (France) after his first season

Sells in 11 countries across the world

- From HT Brunch, December 26

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First Published: Dec 25, 2010 11:54 IST