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10 Indian Designer Labels You Must Own in 2014


A new year, time for new beginnings is excuse enough for us to invest in an all-new wardrobe. But quite often, we’re confused about the designs and silhouettes we should invest in.

Make way for a brand new wardrobe in 2014


Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani pioneered the fashion movement in India by setting up India’s first multi-designer boutique, Ensemble, in 1987. Back then, just five designer labels adorned the racks.

More than twenty-five years later, he is still at the top of the crop and his own ensembles are much sought after by the discerning woman.If there’s one good reason you need to invest in a Tarun Tahiliani creation, it’s his undoubted mastery of drapery. Tarun mastered the art of draping at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and it has become his signature style.


Kareena Kapoor in Ritu Kumar (photo credit: Avinash Gowariker

Since 1969, Ritu Kumar has taken it upon herself to revive many of India’s dying traditional embroideries, crafts and weaves. In fact, the profusion of zardozi embroidery you see on designer racks today is actually thanks to Ritu Kumar, who painstakingly researched and brought back this long-forgotten Mughal craft to mainstream fashion.

If there’s one reason you need to have a Ritu Kumar outfit in your wardrobe this year, it’s because of the sheer excellence and intricate workmanship that define her outfits. It’s something very few other designers can even aspire to replicate.


MissMalini in Masaba Gupta

It’s been barely five years since Masaba Gupta debuted as a designer at Lakme Fashion Week. That hasn’t stopped style icons like Sonam Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Mandira Bedi and Jacqueline Fernandez from extensively wearing her clothes.

In 2012, the young designer was hired by the Satya Paul label as their fashion director and her collections for this House have been sell-outs across the country.

Masaba is known for her quirky prints and vibrant use of colours. From prints of cows to Tamil scripts, table fans to machinery and lipstick prints to phone booth prints (for Satya Paul), your wardrobe would be incomplete without one of Masaba’s signature printed silhouettes.


Juhi Chawla for Shruti Sancheti

Textiles are as much our fashion heritage as embroidery in Indian fashion. Each state in India has a wide variety of ethnic weaves and Nagpur based designer, Shruti Sancheti, celebrates them in her garments.

Over the past few years, Shruti has dabbled with khadi, shibori work (an intricate tie-n-dye technique from Jaipur), chanderi weaves from Madhya Pradesh and Kerala mundu weaves as well.

In fact, her autumn/winter 2013-14 collection was crafted from specially designed traditional Maharashtrian weaves like ruiphool, rasta weave, karvat kati, narli, jyot and totapuri.

Needless to add, your wardrobe for 2014 would be incomplete without one of Shruti’s modern silhouettes fashioned from traditional, ethnic woven fabrics.


A Manish Malhotra design

We admit some of us love them and some of us hate them. But truth be told, the anarkali is a classic Mughal silhouette and no designer in India is as well known for their anarkali silhouettes as Manish Malhotra is.

Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi in Manish Maslhotra anarkalis

Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi in Manish Maslhotra anarkalis


Sabyasachi Couture

A Sabyasachi design

Looking for romance with a touch of the old world charm? Invest in a design by Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

The Kolkata based designer has made a trademark out of fussing various textiles and muted colours to create beautiful silhouettes that are timeless in their look and appeal.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee designs

The vintage look in his designs effortlessly compliment the wearer and the best way to sport them is with a touch of geek chic.


Bibhu Mohapatra - Resort 2013

Bibhu Mohapatra worked with the legendary Halston as an assistant designer and then launched his own label in 2008 in New York. His designs have been worn by many Hollywood celebrities and even First Lady Michelle Obama.

Even though Bibhu’s silhouettes are decidedly western, he uses Indian elements for that orient-meets-occident appeal. For example, his resort 2013 collection was inspired by Morocco but had ikkat weave prints, a tribute to his native state of Orissa.


Manish Arora with Amrapali Fall 2013

Every girl wants to look like a rock star at least once in her life and THE ONLY Indian designer to go to for rock star chic is Manish Arora. Hell, even Lady Gaga, Fergie, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj go to him when they want to create a dramatic fashion statement.Manish’s designs are not for the faint-hearted but if you want to sport a toned down version of his psychedelic sensibilities, you have the option of wearing his pret designs as well as his line of jewelry for Amrapali


Troy Costa

When you talk about menswear in India, few designers come to mind for the quality of their work and their design sensibilities. And after much consideration, we think Troy Costa is pretty much the go-to designer if you’re looking for a dollop of dandy style.

Troy has his men dress up like they’re walking the red carpet, in slim-fit suits and razor sharp tuxedos. His design ideology is vintage in attitude but modern in cuts.


Designs by Arjun Khanna

Arjun Khanna is a master at men’s couture and is known for creating the most sublime wedding sherwanis, jackets and kurtas for Indian grooms.

Arjun Khanna

But it’s his sporty styles that also have us saving up to invest in for our 2014 wardrobe. His last collection had an underlying influence of “bicycle style” in his pieces.

This collection of cropped jackets, three-piece layers and waistcoats with military influences are inspired by everything from the messenger boys of the 1940′s to modern day BMX bikes.

Just right for a sporty night on the town.



Likeliest fashion trends to rule 2014

As the countdown for 2014 has already begun, fashion moguls from all around the world have started giving their verdicts on new trends that are likely to rule next year and some timeless looks that would continue to occupy their reigning positions in the coming months.
Among those styles, which undoubtedly would secure their places in fashion lovers’ wardrobes, will be prints. Be it psychedelic, graphic or digital, these quirky prints are going to be seen in their bolder, louder and more vibrant avatars. Evening as well as day wears, adorned with floral, cute animal and Egyptian or Aztec inspired prints, will be a common sight in future.
Another key trend that is going to take the fashion world by storm would be T-shirts, blouses and dresses punched with catchy slogans or logos. From cheeky to witty, the fun ensembles can easily make a fashion statement for their obvious casualness combined with the attention grabbing, interesting messages they deliver.
The jazzy 1990-esque fashion will make a comeback in the following year. With the celebrated French fashion house Balmain’s latest spring/summer 2014 campaign, showcasing a white and gold chain accented denim top and high-waist trouser wearing famous Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, it is easy to assume that the metal-embellished trend has returned to woe fashionistas.
Pleats, the evergreen classic silhouette, will once again make a glorious entry into the fashion world with its flattering for all sizes options. Almost every big industry names such as Christian Dior, Proenza Schouler and Christopher Kane have infused this ageless shape into their latest creations.  
In terms of colours, soft icy pastel hues are going to be a big thing in 2014. Tones of dusty rose, lilac, lavender and blue are among the few frosted shades that will capture the hearts of fashion enthusiasts in the days to come.