Blaz­ing The Fash­ion Trail

DE­SIGNER PRIYANKA MODI TALKS ABOUT FIVE TORCH-BEAR­ERS WHO HAVE REV­O­LU­TIONISED THE STYLE IN­DUS­TRY IN THE LAST DECADE

India Today - - COVER STORY - PRIYANKA MODI

Mickey Con­trac­tor

Mickey Con­trac­tor has been at the fore­front of make-up in In­dia for over three decades. He’s a one­man in­dus­try, a glam­our ma­chine bring­ing In­dian beauty trends to the in­ter­na­tional stage and vice versa. His grasp of the min­i­mal is un­matched, as is his flair for sen­sual and dra­matic looks.

What sets them apart

He is the man who wit­nessed and par­took in the trans­for­ma­tion of make-up from the cakey 80s to the glam 2000s. As MAC’s Di­rec­tor of Make-Up Artistry in In­dia, he’s more than an icon to the Eastern au­di­ence.

Sabyasachi

Sabyasachi’s en­try into fash­ion was cel­e­brated from his very first show in 2002. He has suc­cess­fully for­ayed into other cre­ative fields such as cos­tume and in­te­rior de­sign, and col­lab­o­rated with some of the big­gest names such as Chris­tian Louboutin and Pot­tery Barn, putting In­dian fash­ion on the global map.

What sets them apart

It was his ap­proach to cou­ture and how it’s sold, which changed the en­tire land­scape. He brought in a never-seen-be­fore aes­thetic, a unique lan­guage and a whole new set of rules for the busi­ness of fash­ion.

Prabud­dha Das­gupta and Lak­shmi Menon

This was the most dream­like col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween one of the finest pho­tog­ra­phers In­dia has pro­duced with one of the most sur­real beau­ties of the coun­try.

What sets them apart

Prabud­dha, noted for his black and white photography and Lak­shmi, who won ac­claim for her work on the in­ter­na­tional stage, have cre­ated magic as a team.

Su­nil Sethi

I first knew him as an ex­porter ex­traor­di­naire, who, among other things, dared to ex­port In­dian fash­ion to the world and placed In­dian de­sign­ers at some of the most notable re­tail ad­dresses around the world. He is now a true re­vival­ist, and his achieve­ments have been re­warded with a Life­time Achieve­ment Award by the Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil for Hand­i­crafts.

What sets them apart

One of the last stand­ing cham­pi­ons of the In­dian fash­ion in­dus­try, Sethi’s reign as the Pres­i­dent of the Fash­ion De­sign Coun­cil of In­dia has been pro­lific. He took over at a tur­bu­lent time in the coun­cil’s his­tory and acted as a solid­fy­ing force by keep­ing the in­dus­try from act­ing against its own in­ter­ests.

Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor

A sen­sa­tional part­ner­ship be­tween some­one who loves dress­ing up and some­one who re­ally knows how.

What sets them apart

What started as ap­pre­ci­a­tion of great sar­to­rial choices, turned into a rev­o­lu­tion in Bol­ly­wood, fear­lessly spear­headed by Sonam. But it has been her sib­ling, Rhea, cred­ited with her iconic fash­ion choices, who’s worked tire­lessly with de­sign­ers from around the world to put Sonam into a league of her own.

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