Creating the edge!

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Moving beyond recession, designers talk of promising contemporary inspirations to Nimisha Tiwari.

It’s true that India is moving out of recession and thankfully, the jolt wasn’t as bad as it was in the West. Preparing for the upcoming fashion season, designers, stylists and fashionistas now look forward to a new beginning filled with hope and newer avenues.

The year 2010 seems like a promising year ahead. And at a Lakme Fashion Week workshop titled “From Sketchpad to Closet” held recently, a panel of established designers spoke about the finer nuances of the Indian fashion industry.

u Use drawstrings: To James Ferreira, versatile usage of the drawstrings is the next big innovation. “Drawstrings do not need to use for pulling up a pair of pajamas. It can be used near the shoulder area or near the waistline to give trendy touch to the garment. ”

u Provoke minds: Designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed, who’s busy with his upcoming store in Bandra, was a panelist at the workshop and emphasized the need to provoke minds. “Do not be satisfied. Always innovate and challenge limits.

Also, weave in a story in the collection to narrate on the ramp. I am all for social messages, which people must address. I do it through my collections. A small step can define a signature style.”

u Rubberbands, knots and buttons: Young designer Anuj Sharma spoke of using small little detailing to create a trend. “I am using rubber bands to join buttons on an outfit, which can bring about folds, chunnats and also keep two edges together. This sort of garment can fit various body shapes.”

u Hey! No celeb showstoppers: Fashion designer and Bollywood stylist Aki Narula said, “Clothes must speak for the craftsmanship of the designer. Celebrity showstoppers only take away the focus from the garments on the fashion ramp. Celebs look good in the front rows.”

Speaking about the business of fashion, Sangita Kathiwada emphasized, “Professional approach with apt paperwork is important to make a mark.” While Ritu Kochchar and Gaurav Mahajan found much promise in young talented designers.

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