Exhibit: How would you describe your journey so far?
Nachiket: A long and interesting adventure, undoubtedly it was full of new challenges and new learning every day. But the Indian fashion industry is competitive with new talent emerging every now and then and to stand out amongst the crowd needs consistency and hard luck. The same competition helped evolve into a better designer with a clear vision for what I want to design.
Exhibit: How would you describe your style?
Nachiket: Classic, comfortable, personal.
Exhibit: If you could revive one fashion trend from the past, what would it be?
Nachiket: The elegance of the 20s and 30s, where one dressed up for occasions.
Exhibit: Nachiket Barve and Tech- Describe your relationship?
Nachiket: Tech is a blessing; it is indispensable, makes life better and continually amazes me! Like everything nice, too much of it also is not a good thing as it dehumanises relationships and brings stress.
Exhibit: What is the perfect way to blend tech and fashion, especially traditional Indian attire according to you?
Nachiket: I like to be inspired by the past, but not be bound by it. Tech is amazing for research, visualisation, setting systems and even in the manufacturing process to ensure consistency and efficiency.
Exhibit: How has Technology impacted the fashion industry?
Nachiket: Massively! Right from making the entire world a global fashion community to create an open marketplace, to be able to source imagery and resources across the world with efficiency and in the blink of an eye! It is more seamless than ever before along all stages of the process. It has empowered every artist, every designer to bring life to their creation easily at a large number in one go.
Exhibit: Which is the most advanced gadget that you use in designing?
Nachiket: My iPhone and Mac Book Pro! And printing for digital prints as wells laser cutting machines for unconventional material.
Exhibit: How would you describe the evolution of Indian fashion couture and where do you see it heading?
Nachiket: The old rules don’t apply, everything is changing today right from the old ways of manufacturing to the consumer. It is progressive and forward thinking and brings back the old trends in a modernistic manner to live up to the trends. Indian fashion couture has a long way to go, as even the younger generation is embracing it as well.
Exhibit: According to you how does social media influence fashion trends?
Nachiket: The phone is the single biggest revolution in our perception of the world. The whole world is in your hands today via social media. Brides come to me today with screenshots from my Instagram account asking for specific things. It has let them become their own stylists and get informed on fashion in such a democratic way! It has the ultimate power of driving people towards a certain point. Not to forget it is also easily driven by the people. But talking about Fashion trends, social media has the power to drive a trend from one part of the world to another at lightning speed.
Exhibit: With the rise of social media, do you think it is more easy or difficult for designers to find their audience?
Nachiket: Social media has a widespread reach making access to the customer very easy. I can also find out what is raging and hence predict what could be the next trend and design accordingly. So I think it is easier definitely, but sometimes it is quality that matters and not quantity. There is a fine balance which is very difficult to manage. But it is a strong medium which the designers can use well to their advantage.
Exhibit: Best Piece of advice you have ever received?
Nachiket: Be yourself and work hard!
Your Fashion Icon: Audrey Hepburn
A ritual you follow before every show: Pray
Most fashionable gadget: iPhone
Beauty in one word: Joy!
Most overrated trend: Normcore
Most Underrated trend: Glamour
A gadget on your wish list: The newest iPhone