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6 Stylish Women Show Us Their Favourite Finds by Indian Designers

In the latest edition of our monthly series, we speak to fashion enthusiasts about their favourite pieces made locally by Indian designers, and what makes these picks so special. 

Palak Gupta, Model and Make-Up Artist

“My all-time favourite Indian designer is NoughtOne by Abhishek Paatni. I love the brand’s aesthetics—the way it blends utility and street wear. The co-ord set seen is not just neon, it also comes with ample pockets. I walked into the designer’s studio and this co-ord from his new collection was just there, looking at me, and I had to get it. Its striking hue is what instantly drew me to it, and extra storage space is always welcome. I like being comfortable as well as effortlessly stylish and this outfit delivers on both fronts. The versatility of this set lies in the fact that it can be worn as separates as well as together. And I have styled it in multiple ways ever since I bought it. I like to pair the jacket with formal, tailored pants, and team up the pants with a plush, satin top.” 

Aavriti Jain, Owner and Creative Director, Dhora India and Teatro Dhora

“My mixed ensemble consists of a tie-dye shirt by a Jaipur-based brand called Kuntilal Rajasthan... My top has been handwoven by my aunt, and the linen pants are from a brand called HEADSTRONG by Hema Sharma. I am an adventurous person, and I enjoy going for treks and visiting wildlife sanctuaries. I have worn these versatile pieces while travelling, as well as for meetings and brunches. I generally style it with some jewellery, statement heels, and sport different hairstyles as per to the occasion to take these pieces from day to night. And I like how each piece works so well for the Indian weather as they are all made from natural and organic fabrics. As a consumer, I like to know where and how my clothes are made, and the transparency of these brands makes them incredibly special to me.”

Sakshi Sindwani, model and Content Creator

“I wanted to create a retro aesthetic by mixing and matching my Indian fashion favourites over the years. The shirt is by a brand called Weaving Cult that I found through an Instagram initiative I started during the pandemic, to support small businesses from across India and help them sustain themselves. And these well-structured, minimal pants and jacket are from NOTEBOOK, another young fashion label, based out of Noida, Uttar Pradesh. I love wearing these pieces together as this look has a subtle-but-striking quality to it. Otherwise, I like to style the jacket and pants with a tank top for a casual-chic vibe during the day, and wear the shirt at night with a statement belt and a pair of XXL hoops.”

Naveli Choyal, Photographer, Stylist, and Art Director

“I adore this classic, oversized, white men’s shirt from Savio Jon. I fell in love with its details...the construction is amazing and, of course, the hand-painted ants made me instantly pick it off the rack. I love that Savio pays attention to minute details like the reversed seams that make a garment truly special. This shirt makes for an easy, comfortable wear and I like styling it with my favourite pair of trousers (seen here), or jeans, accessorised with some silver jewellery.”

Anchal Notani, Fashion Stylist

“My favourite outfit by an Indian designer has to be this dress from Cord Studio—the print on this dress mesmerised me as soon as I saw it. I absolutely love the brand’s aesthetics...all of their pieces have a certain vintage charm, and the fabric is both breathable and very comfortable. For the day, it can be simply worn as is, paired with mules and a bucket hat. For the night, I like to add a cropped corduroy jacket and chunky jewellery.”

Sanjana Shah, Curator and Creative Director, Tao Art Gallery

“This quirky jacket by Mumbai-based brand Advait is one of my absolute favourites! It stands out in a crowd and is extremely versatile. I have always been big on statement pieces, and believe that fashion is a form of art, too, where our bodies act as the canvas. 
The jacket—featuring intricate work and a vibrant colour palette—is the perfect testament of the talent and uniqueness of the Indian fashion industry. It immediately stood out for me because I felt it resonates with who I am. Because of its myriad hues, it can be paired with many other solid colours to create a seamless ensemble. I like to opt for an all-black look with it for the night, or an all-white one for the day.”