6 designer BFFs who are all kinds of adorable
Great minds do think alike, after all...
If you thought fashion was an industry of frenemies, allow these adorable designer BFFs to prove you totally wrong. From Shivan and Narresh & Sasha and Kaabia’s backstage shenanigans to Atsu Sekhose and Ashdeen Lilaowala’s attempts to keep the other grounded, these best friends share artistic stimulation, creative downtime and just about everything in between.
Atsu Sekhose & Ashdeen Lilaowala
“We both come from simple families, and the glamour industry can be a bit overwhelming.” - Atsu Sekhose
While Sekhose’s designs are all modern opulence and glamour, Lilaowala prefers to focus on oriental craftwork. What brings them together is a passion for embroidery. “Atsu and I speak every day, he has become my sounding board. We share all the details of our lives—good, bad and ugly,” says Lilaowala. “We try to detach ourselves from the fashion scene and do simple things like staying home and cooking,” laughs Sekhose.
Dhruv Kapoor & Ragini Ahuja
"Some things are just meant to be, and we are one of them.” - Dhruv Kapoor
Two of the country’s most promising young designers, Ragini Ahuja and Dhruv Kapoor, are an unstoppable force of creativity and optimism. Although they are often seen as fashion rebels, both are incredibly disciplined, and teamed up last year to create a capsule collection that combined Ahuja’s way with bold colour and Kapoor’s impressive knowledge of modern fabrics.
The former classmates have an almost telepathic connection. Kapoor admits, “I normally don't have to say anything to her, my message is received and understood.” They also influence each other professionally. Ahuja says, “He instills in me the drive to think beyond, do more. Very few friends can do that."
Anand Bhushan & Rimzim Dadu
"Rimzim and I love the same fashion and food, and hate the same people. It’s the perfect combination.” - Anand Bhushan
Both Anand Bhushan and Rimzim Dadu are known for their talent for working with materials that go beyond traditional fabrics. Where Bhushan’s designs focus on a dramatic, anti-fit silhouette, Dadu’s pieces are textural marvels. And when they’re together, fashion is not the only item on the agenda.
Bhushan says, “After reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, Rimzim and I decided to go for a food, fashion and fresco trip to Italy. We sat at the L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples, ate pizza and channelled our inner Julia Roberts.” Dadu remembers another holiday, "Anand hates walking, and I love it. Dragging him around Paris on foot is one of my greatest achievements."
Suket Dhir and Gaurav Jai Gupta
“We don’t feel the need to sugarcoat our opinions to each other.” - Suket Dhir
Suket Dhir’s eponymous label has created a niche in the Indian market by using natural fabrics and sustainable materials, while Gaurav Jai Gupta’s Akaaro is equally committed to the revival of Indian handlooms. “He’s a positive, graceful person, and has taught me to not take things too seriously,” says Jai Gupta. Dhir responds, “Gaurav always has his hand on the panic button! But he has very good energy, and helps ease my social anxiety.”
Photographs: Nishanth Radhakrishnan and Siddhartha Hajra