FASH­ION’S NEW TRIBES

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR - Pho­tographs by Si­vakorn Chotanakarn­satit Text by Bu­tool Ja­mal

FASH­IONS COME AND GO IN WAVES. Ev­ery few years, new schools of thought take the front­line, while oth­ers await their turn in the wings. Take the ’90s, where JJ Valaya, Tarun Tahil­iani, Ro­hit Bal, and Suneet Varma first showed the coun­try how deca­dent fash­ion could be. Along­side, de­sign­ers like Abra­ham & Thakore, Ra­jesh Pratap Singh, Sonam Dubal, and Neeru Ku­mar were cham­pi­oning In­dia’s wealth of tra­di­tional tex­tiles. Malini Ra­mani, Wen­dell Ro­dricks, and Ranna Gill came next, with their re­sort-chic, global gypsy, beach-per­fect mode of dress­ing.

Sim­i­larly, to­day’s fresh tal­ents come in many dif­fer­ent molds: Aus­tere min­i­mal­ists, full-blown max­i­mal­ists, and those who pre­fer a mish-mash of tex­tures and prints. All are find­ing their niche.

And while do­ing so, these en­tre­pre­neur­ial cre­atives have—just like their pre­de­ces­sors and men­tors—un­con­sciously formed cliques of their own, span­ning ge­o­graph­i­cal di­vides and sea­sons.

Here are the next driv­ers of style.

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