Ritu Kumar is a very famous brand when it comes to bridalwear and suits collection. In fact, it is the most coveted brand for Indian bridal wear in abroad and India.
As a person, she is undoubtedly the Empress of Indian haute couture. The old-age fashionist has not only revived traditional handcrafts like bandhani, zardosi, chicken but popularized them in the international fashion scene.
She has ushered in the trend of specialized and boutiques fashion stores and her style is incomparable and unique. We’ve always thought of a suit or a design in general that could radiate a sort of a more minimalistic aura. Well turns out that Ritu Kumar’s collection is just what we thought of!
Her forte lies is fusing traditional Indian handicraft with contemporary style and cuts, without losing the ethnicity of traditional craft.
Her international patrons include – Princess Diana, Jemima Khan and many more. She has also been designing for several films and top-notch actresses of Bollywood such as Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta. Her work so far has won her awards such as the Most Outstanding Evening Gown and the Best National Costume.
Know more about her from her online store: LINK
When I look at Sabyasachi’s designs, there’s something that makes me instantly appreciate his work. The man’s a genius! The essence of his designs can be seen in the detailing of work and vibrant earthy colour palette that he uses.
He is the only designer and one of the top ten influential Indians in Asia to have been invited to showcase at the Milan Fashion Week. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the ‘new kid on the block’ in the Indian Industry of fashion, paved his way into Bollywood and the Indian fashion industry in 2003.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee has been associated with many actresses. To name a few – Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherji. The unusual, eye-catching designs and the models with those kickass sunglasses now seem legit and his designs are (safe to say) world-class!
Sabyasachi’s site is currently under construction. You can explore more of his designs from this link over here – LINK
Rohit Bal is one another fashion designer who creatively blends the traditional and contemporary worlds and an unusual (in a good way) design for both men and women.
He is unrestrained and sophisticated in his style, which reflects in his designs.
He’s had fashion shows held in fashion and trade capitals like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, New York, Paris, and Singapore. Mostly, khadi, linen and cotton are used in his fabrics. The colours he uses are mostly pastel and earthy, his style subtle but profound. His long list of clientele includes celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Thurman.
Find more about his store: LINK
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla
The duo was presented with the National award for best costumes for the ‘infamous’ Indian film `Devdas`. Their style is very Indian, royal, traditional and opulent.
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are not only a local but a renowned global brand as well. Their range of exclusive shawls was sold under Harrods in London, the Shakira Caine mark at Harvey Nichols, Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Knightsbridge. They are associated with top celebrities and are often trusted when it comes to ‘reliable’ designs.
Being well established as a brand, if you’re looking out for anything that you’d wanna try but don’t have a proper brand name in mind, I’d recommend you to go for this.
More about the brand in this link: LINK
Ritu Beri is not only known for her fashion designs but also for her book ‘101 ways to look good’. One thing we can conclude is that she wears many hats.
She is the first Indian designer to present her designing collection in Paris and got featured in Promostyl’s magazine Acustyl (a magazine which talks about new fashion trends). A number of awards have been added (and keep on adding) to her name. She’s more of an influencer rather than a fashion designer.
Her clientele includes former US president Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, famous actress celebrity Nicole Kidman and many more. Her brand is well acclaimed in India as well as globally.
Get a feel of her designs from here: LINK
Well, there you have it. This is our list of top 5 Indian fashion designers.