Tex­tu­ral con­trasts

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - by Re­wati Rau

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”

JJ VALAYA,

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