This self-described “magpie” of Indian fashion has taken the scene by storm.

Kallol Datta graduated in Fashion Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India and followed it up with a Womenswear degree from Central St. Martins in London in 2006. And this international background in design shows.

Drawn to the dark side, he describes his inspirations:

“As a person, I gravitate towards concepts of putrefaction, transmigration, etc, and to the works of artists who’ve dealt with the aforementioned topics. When in design mode, it remains the same.” His love of all things unconventional and brooding has led Datta to an almost ANTI-fashion take on fashion. And as a result, he’s received rave reviews along the way.

His core aesthetic:

“Bling-free, Bling-less, Bling-to-death and the likes. Shiny objects distract me. Though details in garments are important, for me the shape and form of the piece hold more importance.”

This seems to be a common thread with Bengali designers like Sabysachi, Aki Narula, and Anamika Khanna.

These designers all believe that to be well-dressed at Delhi and Mumbai’s best cocktail parties, you have to be wearing not glittery, Western-inspired tube dresses and leggings, but khadi – the simple homespun weave that was championed by Gandhi in the 1930s to boost the rural economy and give India a sense of nationalist pride during the fight for independence.

Homespun fabrics like khadi have been viewed as the poor man’s fabric for too long, when in fact they are refined, sophisticated, eco-friendly and comfortable. Say goodbye to the bling and hello to refined style.

Story By: Paromita Naidu, Lotus Eye