LFW promotes Gen Next designers

Monday, 20 September 2010

The ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week had a special show paying tribute to the Gen Next. The Gen Next platform is five years old and was introduced in 2006 to encourage and promote young design talent. Designers like Narendra Kumar and Wendell Rodricks have played a significant role in directing and shaping the future of Gen Next talent over the years. A record 172 Gen Next and 92 emerging designer entries were received, from which six Gen Next and seven emerging designers were selected.

Among the designers to watch out for this year are: Nachiket Barve, Anuj Sharma, Rahul Mishra, Swapnil Shinde, Aneeth Arora. Nachiket Barve creates lovely feminine garments for women. Separates and overlays keep the look interesting with the unique use of textures and colors. Anuj Sharma puts buttons together in 100 different ways to create dresses, pajamas, shirts etc, of different lengths, sizes and fits. Rahul Mishra’s name has become almost synonymous with handlooms. Swapnil Shinde’s garments are glamorous and futuristic. These pieces are worn by his showstoppers or show starters. Aneeth Arora is one Indian designer, who wants to optimize on the best that Indian handlooms and handcrafts have to offer and make them commercially viable in the international fashion market.

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