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Master of all Trades

When designer Narendra Kumar enters the room,the first thing he notices is this reporter’s T-shirt. “Thierry Mugler,eh?” he says,referring to the name scrawled across the T,“Mugler is one of my biggest inspirations.

Written by Pooja Pillai | Published: February 19, 2010 4:07 am

When designer Narendra Kumar enters the room,the first thing he notices is this reporter’s T-shirt. “Thierry Mugler,eh?” he says,referring to the name scrawled across the T,“Mugler is one of my biggest inspirations. He’s one of the greatest tailors in fashion,along with Claude Montana,Azzedine Alaia and the late Alexander McQueen.” In fact,one of Kumar’s proudest days was when Montana was seated in the front row of one of his shows. “I went up to him and told him that he’d been my guru in absentia. Like Dronacharya was for Eklayva,” he says.

Life has come full circle for Kumar. He is not just a designer but a guru as well,often lecturing at NIFT. “I like motivating the new generation of designers.” Kumar was,in fact,instrumental in introducing the GenNext category at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) when it began 10 years ago. At the upcoming LFW in March,he’s presenting a line for Killer Jeans. His mission is to ensure that denim gets a more exalted place in the fashion world. “We’re not just giving surface embellishments or experimenting with washes. We’ll give denim a couture edge,” he says.

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