A sense of stagnation in their jobs, Neeraj worked at an export house called Span India and Alpana was an assistant to designer JJ Valaya, led the two to the launch of their own label Alpana and Neeraj and Azara in 2008. The couple met while at NIFT Delhi and debuted in a joint show at the Wills India Fashion Week 2008. Today, their avant garde designs, that use metallic components and materials used for carpentry have earned them accolades. “One of our most challenging concepts was to use faux wood then mould and stitch it into bodycon gowns and dresses, ” says Neeraj. While they mostly design Western outfits, they also work on customising Indian clothes on demand. INSPIRATION Everyday things, a show we watched or even a trip we went for. ON THE CARDS Spring Summer 2014 collection to be showcased at the WILFW in October. Our theme is nature, but again, we’ll be giving it our signature look. Expect textural contrasts of flimsy organzas structured with taffetas. We’re also using a lot of leather but are structuring it according to body contours. STYLE ICONS Manish Arora, Alexander Mc Queen and Iris Van Harpen STORE They retail online through perniaspopupshop. com and at Designer stores in London, France and the Middle East.
“Alpana was my assistant and I really admire how she and Neeraj have evolved”