Chandrani’s Autumn/Winter collection, Mrityunjay is her tribute to Lord Shiva. Mrityunjay, another name for Shiva is for attaining patience and power to regain positivity by shedding all negatives of life and soul. Symbols of Shiva like the trishul, conch shell and cannabis leaf have been incorporated in the prints and embroidery of the pieces.
Rajesh Pratap Singh’s first collection of saris was presented at Ekaya recently–a contemporary bespoke label presenting the finest textiles from Benaras; this was in fact the outcome of years he spent developing and researching handloom techniques. The collection comprised of ikat weaves in strong geometric motifs, a recurrent theme from the brand; ajrak prints, which have been given a new twist and cotton silk chanderis.
Fashion designer Urvashi Kaur is known for her sharp interest in various types of fabrics and colours. She yearns to harvest fresh ideas pertaining to the present socio, economic and cultural status of the contemporary society through her designs. She thrives on the zest to constantly experiment with different facets of fashion by bending genres; and the final outcomes are always enthralling. Motivated to revitalize the country’s effervescent textiles, Kaur blends the spheres of ethnic with the modern, which leads her to earn critical applause and a venerated league of clientele for her designs. She is also known for developing relationships with many NGO’s by generating and offering employment opportunities to women and endorsing the improvement of handloom fabrics.
Her approach towards fashion is instinctive and she would rather call herself an artist than a fashion designer. One of the most talented, young designers on the block, Delhi-based, Aneeth Arora has come a long way in the fashion industry. From witnessing dreary response from the spectators at her very first show in 2007 to opening up her new collection to a choc-a-block hall filled with fashion enthusiasts in 2014, cheering and celebrating her magnificent work, Arora dares to bend genres and yet carve out a niche in the realm of fashion.
Her work echoes pastoral grace; there is a certain sense of ethnic chaos in her clothes blended tastefully with modern cuts and silhouettes. Designer Paromita Banerjee through her work brings forth a celebration of the long lost charm of Indian weavers – their stories, the rich cultural potpourri and its vivid symbolism that reflects dramatically in every inch of her outfits.