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Meet India’s Gen Next fashion designers

The Debutants of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017

By ELLE team  August 14th, 2017

Lame Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 is set to begin on Wednesday. But we have a special preview of the young debutantes who are about to make their runway debuts at the Gen Next show. And if these collections are anything to go by, you can be sure these young fashion designers are on the road to a bright future already.

Gen Next designers at LFW 


Shenali Sema and Rinzin Lama of Untitled Co. are known for their craftsmanship that’s reminiscent of Japanese printmaking. Expect romantic embroidery and mirror-work on a soft pastel palette with lightweight fabrics like georgettes and tulles. 

Georgette maxi dress, georgette kimono; both prices on request, Untitled Co.




The designer duo’s eponymous brand is known for its unique surface textures. They mix soft fabrics, like chiffon and raw silk, with antique metal and sequinned embroidery.

On Tripathi: Chiffon shirt, chiffon skirt; both prices on request, Saaksha & Kinni On Prabhakar: Georgette dress, price on request, Saaksha & Kinni



Sumiran Kabir Sharma of Anaam combines structured utilitarian form with a mix of fluid draping to create his characteristic genderless designs. 

Wool blend dress, price on request, Anaam. Leather boots, Rs 14,999, H&M

Hair and make-up: Saher Ahmed; Models: Diya Prabhakar and Namrata Tripathi/Anima Creative Management; Assisted by: Anamika Choudhary (Styling)


Working with a monotone palette, Akshat Bansal of Bloni draws inspiration from nature, and works primarily with tie-dye techniques and bespoke tailoring. 

Silk shirt, linen pants, silk jacket; all prices on request, Bloni. Leather boots, Rs 14,999, H&M


Integument by Deepak Pathak is all clean lines in blacks and greys. Inspired by the uniforms of Bengali fishermen, his designs are big on wearability.

Wool blend dress, price on request, Integument. Knit and patent leather shoes, Rs 66,000, Christian Louboutin


Photographs: Manasi Sawant, Styling: Sujala Newar, Art direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar