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5 Offbeat Designers To Watch Out For At Lakmé Fashion Week 2018

Nupur posted on 31 January

What Is It?

That time of the year is here – when your Instagram feeds get flooded with snippets from one of the biggest fashion events of the year – Lakmé Fashion Week. While the biggies/legends {Tarun Tahiliani, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Anamika Khanna etc} will weave their magic, it’s the younger brands that have our attention at the summer/resort edition.

Bloni By Akshat Bansal

The NIFT Mumbai alumnus, Akshat Bansal owns Bloni – a brand that combines functionality and creativity with ease. He’ll be showcasing ‘Mourning of the Marine Life’ – a collection that’ll highlight an important issue; the deteriorating state of our oceans.

Buy his previous collections here.

Ikai By Ragini Ahuja

The NIFT Delhi graduate’s roots lie in graphic design and illustrations, the impact of which is evident in her work. Known for boxy designs with androgynous silhouettes, her collection from her brand Ikai at LFW 2018 is called ‘Free Spirits’, and is inspired by the stories of displaced tribes in search of a cultural identity.

Buy it here.

Ritu Kumar

Not to be confused with seasoned designer Ritu Kumar, LFW will see another designer by the name of Ritu Kumar with her brand O Layla – a non-conformist, free-spirited label. The collection is inspired by the rap and street culture whose colour pallette will be ruled by metallics, pinks and blacks.

Check out her work here.

Anvita Sharma and Asit Barik

Anvita Sharma and Asit Barik run the show at Two.Two, a brand known for gender-fluid garments. Using threadwork and embroideries created using fabric waste in their work, they are one of the most sought-after young brands in the country at the moment.

Ayushman Mitra

Bobo Calcutta is Mitra’s brand that’s all about loud, unapologetic energy that spills onto his clothes. His collection ‘Excessive Adaptation’ will speak about rebellion, liberal love and sexuality.

Check out his work here.