India Fashion Week is all set to fire up the industry and here’s what to expect!

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has announced the title sponsor for this year’s India Fashion Week which is scheduled to take place from October 10 to 13, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The platform has decided to associate with Lotus Make-Up as its sponsor and the event has been renamed as the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019, LMIFW SS’19.

Director of Lotus Herbals Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Nitin Passi said, “We are delighted to be the presenting partner of Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week organised by FDCI, the destination of top designers who take style beyond perceived boundaries. We are looking forward to a great association ahead with a perfect blend of Fashion & Make-up setting the stage for future consumer trends in the industry.

President FDCI, Sunil Sethi said, “Lotus is a leading brand in make-up and skincare and what makes this partnership exceedingly synonymous is that it is a homegrown brand with indigenous offerings, which are rooted in India just like our constant endeavours to celebrate the innate Indian-ness in our design sphere. We are delighted with the collaboration as it will open the floodgates to meaningful synergies.

NEXA will once again be on board as our associate sponsor laying the foundation of a firm ground for a fashion week of this magnitude to take place,” he added.

As the event is all set for the kickstart, October 12, 2018, is the day to look out for some of the amazing designers who are flooding the industry with talent and creations. Here are the designers you should mark your calendar for:


Poshpride is an Indian fashion label creating some of the most stunning outfits for urban women.” – Aza fashions

Poshpride is renowned for the unique design sense it possesses which has enabled to products to mark their presence in the fashion industry. Their fabulous pet collection is a must to look out for. It is a fairly young and passionate brand that is dedicated to fashion. When it was launched in the year 2016 by Prerna Khetrapal, it had set the bar for textural excellency and crafty silhouettes.

The brand is majorly focused on style and fresh trends. But, the trend is not devoid of comfort and wearability. Poshpride has managed to create outfits that blend both the drama and style together beautifully.

Sanjukta Dutta

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The lady has lived for the majority of her life in Assam. Sanjukta Dutta has always cherished her passion for weaving the Mekhela Chador. She got inclined towards designing after leaving her engineering job. She has seen a fair bit of success, earning revenues of Rs 1.5 crore in the last fiscal year.

Along with the knitting and weaving of garments, Sanjukta also experimented with Assamese traditional jewellery – Dug Dugi, Keru Moni and Junbiri. She has managed to sell more than 500 pieces of redesigned traditional Assamese jewellery. She claims that every mekhela chador is designed, customised and hand-crafted by a select group artisan who specialised in the craft. The materials used are locally produced by getting cocoons of a particular lineage of worms found only in a single village in Assam which makes the art all the more interesting.

Abhi Singh

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A designer based in Delhi, Singh started his label after graduating from NIFT (New Delhi). The young talent has managed to blend his designing keenness with subtle textures and innovative crafts. Beautiful draping and creative craftsmanship executed with the perfect fit and finish define Abhi Singh.
In 2006 he launched his first dedicated diffusion label. In 2008, this designer presented his collection at the first fashion show, Delhi Fashion Week. His high point was the military collection and western outfits that became the rage of the city. The collection is currently retailing throughout India by Aza, Ogaan, Ensemble, Hue, Amara, Kimaya, Fuel and many more and Internationally available in Canada, Los Angles, New York, North America and New Zealand. This label stands for its uniqueness and mesmerizing style that combines with vibrant, lush colours detailed with fibres in each and every piece.

Diksha Khanna

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An alumnus of NIFT, Delhi and University of Leeds, UK, this designer has worked internationally before settling her base in India. She gained experience under Ace designer Wendell Rodricks before she launched her label. Diksha Khanna Label retails from selected stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Goa.

Her philosophy is relaxed, minimalistic and utilitarian in order to shake up the emotions which are already present in wearer’s mind.

“Inspiration is usually drawn from the understated nomadic lifestyle and goes through an elimination process to simplify the look. Fabrics used are purely organic in nature keeping in mind the importance of trans-seasonal clothing as a part of sustainable, modern fashion.” – Diksha Khanna, Times Now.

Atsushi Nakashima

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Atsushi is a renowned designer who has graduated from Nagoya Fashion College in 2001. He went on to win the Onward Fashion Grand Prix (2003) and became Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant designer later in 2004. He has worked as the head designer of Jean Paul Gaultier men’s and ladies diffusion line and came back to Japan in order to launch his own brand “Atsushi Nakashima” in 2011 which debuted its collected the very next year as AW debut collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. The year 2013 was exceptional for him as he won the third DHL Designers Award and later became the creative director of JIL SANDER NAVY accessories. He has managed to steal the show with his AW collection at Milan Fashion Week 2016 and has set high expectations for the audience.

Payal Pratap

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Payal Pratap Singh is a graduate from NIFT Delhi in design along with Rajesh Pratap Singh (her husband), Manish Arora and Namrata Joshipura. She has been working in exports as well as assisting Rajesh Pratap Singh for the last decade and a half.

Her focused collections are for modern independent yet traditionally inclined women. She wants her ideal customer to enjoy her freedom and space and be someone who is in love with her western clothes along with never removing the traditional clothing from her wardrobe. Her ideology is to blend contemporary women’s attire and the traditional beauty of the ethnic wear. This year has a lot of promising designs awaiting.

Rahul Mishra

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There is this quote by Mahatma Gandhi that I particularly love, “Recall the face of the poorest you have ever seen – and ask yourself if your contemplating will be of any use to them”. I live by this. You must do the best you can.”
– Rahul Mishra, Business Standard, 2014

Rahul made his debut in 2006 at Lakme Fashion Week with a collection using cotton handloom textiles from Kerala. In the year of 2009, he introduced reversible dresses, using Kerala mundu on one side andBanarasi fabric of the other side made by conventional artists.

Mishra has shown his work London, Dubai, Australia and is customary on the standard schedule of Paris Fashion Week. He is also known for incorporating traditional Indian textiles, and handcrafted artisanship in his work. In 2013, he won the Indian leg of the International Woolmark Prize, thus going on to represent India and the Middle East at the 2014 International Woolmark Prize Competition in Milan. His collection included Chanderi fabric woven with Merino wool. That collection was inspired by the monochromatic work of Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. In early 2014, Mishra attained the Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week. This year, the audience has high expectations for him. 

These are some of the designers you will be witnessing at the India Fashion Week 2018. As always, the talent to look out for is immense and we cannot keep calm! Which designer has been your favourite so far? let us know!

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