When designer Narendra Kumar enters the room,the first thing he notices is this reporters T-shirt. Thierry Mugler,eh? he says,referring to the name scrawled across the T,Mugler is one of my biggest inspirations. Hes one of the greatest tailors in fashion,along with Claude Montana,Azzedine Alaia and the late Alexander McQueen. In fact,one of Kumars 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 hed 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,hes presenting a line for Killer Jeans. His mission is to ensure that denim gets a more exalted place in the fashion world. Were not just giving surface embellishments or experimenting with washes. Well give denim a couture edge, he says.