Clothes might not ‘make the man’ as a wise man once said but clothes sure make a big impression!
It’s no wonder the fashion industry is so massive and we’re always on the lookout for new talent among fashion designers.
While some names are classic there’s always space for new ones and we all love to sport eye-catching garments only to be asked “who’s the new designer?”
The Indian fashion scene is bursting with talent and we’re spoilt for choice when we go shopping.
The malls are bursting with boutiques and multi-label stores; it’s a shoppers’ paradise out there!
From over the top wedding ensembles to smart casuals for less formal situations there’s a whole universe of clothes in the shops, online and off line.
However, it can get crazy when there’s too much choice befuddling and confusing us; and so we decided to put together our own list of the top upcoming fashion designers in India to watch out for in 2018.
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This Hyderabad based designer is known for her sumptuous, yet very elegant Indian designs.
Zardozi embroidery is something you will see a lot of on her garments and she knows just how to use it without going overboard.
Big floral prints are another common motif and we love how these are often seen on her classic Indian kurtas, chaniyas, blouses, and other outfits.
Anushree’s collections include wide flared, multi layered ghagras, asymmetrically cut tops, cowl pants, flirty shararas and lot smore to appeal to the more adventurous fashionistas.
Check out her designs here
Kolkata based designer Parama has changed the way women look at saree blouses.
These days the wardrobe of any fashionable woman is incomplete without a Parama Blouse in it – so unique and eye-catching are her designs.
Don’t be surprised if you find the portrait of a feminist icon or a silhouette of a city skyline adorning one of Parama’s blouses.
While this label also offers sarees and accessories, it’s the blouses that are the super heroes.
Explore the wonderful world of Parama here
Arpita Mehta brings funky modern design with strong Indian flavours to the table.
Heavily embroidered mirror work tops teamed with crisply styled pajamas, floaty tops in light fabrics with a smattering of mirror work detail, or extravagant wedding ensembles that would make any bride glow.
Arpita Mehta’s designs are a superb blend of the traditional with the modern and you won’t go wrong by having her designs in your wardrobe.
‘Ethnic notes with a contemporary touch’ is how one would describe Arpita Mehta’s designs.
Browse Arpita Mehta’s designs here
Nagpur based Shruti Sancheti retails her outfits under the label Pinnacle in stores across India and abroad.
With a strong preference for Indian fabrics, weaves and surface ornamentation, the focus of the label is on wearability and elegance at competitive prices.
Shruti’s portfolio is not restricted to Indian outfits but includes plenty of Western wear, both formal and semi-formal.
The crisp cuts and the sophisticated designs only go to show her deep understanding of the craft and it’s no surprise that she is faculty at INIFD, Nagpur.
The fact that she’s in Nagpur doesn’t deter this creative lady whose designs have a devoted international audience.
Shop for the Pinnacle range here
If you’re attending a wedding or even getting married yourself Jyotsna Tiwari is one designer you must check out.
Find fabulous ensembles that are suited not just for the Big Day for all the functions and rituals before and after all under one roof, or should we say one label?!
From classic lehenga sets to draped saree gowns, this designer has a loyal following for her contemporary clothes that marry tradition and modernity with élan.
The colour palette ranges from elegant pastels to bold reds with plenty of embroidery and detail.
Jyotsna retails her garments under the JONA brand with couture outlets in Delhi and Mumbai catering to the modern Indian bride.
Check out more designs by Jyotsna Tiwari here
Bombay based Mehta is the creator of the label Queen of Hearts.
This design house is as well known for its quirky motifs that include everything from rockets to ice cream candies, as for the richly detailed ones inspired from objects as diverse as jewellery to architectural elements – all scattered joyfully on the saree.
Deepa works exclusively with Indian handlooms and at Queen of Hearts you will find cottons and silks from all around the country.
This designer not only has a stunning collection of cotton and silk sarees, she also has a line of exclusive blouses, plus funky ready-mades on cool block prints ensuring there’s something to appeal to everyone from the modern grandmom to her hip grand-daughter!
Check out the delightful designs at Queen of Hearts by Deepa Mehta here
Rajesh Pratap Singh
If edgy androgynous fashion is your thing then Rajesh Pratap Singh’s work is your cup of tea. Or coffee, if you prefer.
Monochromatic clothes in bold stripes, checks, and geometric patterns dominate his collections with the very occasional hints of colour.
This award winning designer is happy to work with traditional weaves as well develop new ones with the latest tech.
His designs are for those among us who are ready to push the fashion boundaries and make a bold statement through the clothes we wear.
See more of his work here
For lavish, sumptuous outfits that seems fit for royalty Anju Modi is the name that comes to mind.
However you will also find lighter, equally beautiful outfits suitable for more casual occasions from this designer.
Indian motifs dominate her designs with plenty of Mughal inspired flowers, birds, and other patterns.
You will find beautiful prints and embroidered details on the garments using everything from traditional techniques to digital printing.
The fact that she’s dressed some of the hottest Bollywood stars only adds to the appeal of having one (or more) of her designs in one’s closet!
Stay updated with the latest from Anju Modi here
Gaurang Shah weaves magic on the looms using traditional handloom techniques to create incredible masterpieces. Yarns of different kinds like muga, tussar etc. are hand woven the traditional way with no machines involved in the process.
The rich and varied traditions of Indian textiles are showcased in Gaurang’s sarees and other garments.
Organzas, Kanjeevarams, Benaras silks, Patolas, are just some of Gaurang’s favoured canvases and his collection has stunning sarees that one would happily hand down to future generations as heirlooms.
Check out his designs here
Shehla Khan’s designs are pretty on the eyes and light enough to wear. While there’s no dearth of embellishment on the garments they are still easy to wear.
Sequins, gota work, digital prints and lace will catch your attention as you browse through her designs on Indian and Western outfits.
Retailing under the brand Shehlaa her creations are a wonderful mix of contemporary silhouettes and classic cuts.
From sarees and lehengas to trendy Indo-Westerns and gowns, Shehla Khan has her finger on the pulse of the modern woman of fashion.