Jury Panel for Max Design Awards Student Edition:
Kamakshi Kaul - Vice President Design, Max Fashion
Part of the core team who launched Max in the Middle East and India, Kamakshi Kaul is responsible for setting the tone for Max's Design Imprint in India in the last 10 years. It is her belief that to be successful in the business of fashion, designers must possess the sensitivity to emotionally connect with the customers and the ruthlessness to self-edit their creations. Max Designers act as style interpreters who decode international trends and present it in its most wearable form to the customer.
Marc Robinson - Project Head
Marc Robinson initiated his career in the Indian fashion, film and glamour industry 25 years ago. His rise from one of the first Indian supermodels to a VJ to an actor to a fashion choreographer, to an event director has been prolific to say the least. Today, he is India's most renowned and sought after grooming expert and a Beauty Pageant and Fashion Director.
Nachiket Barve is one of the most celebrated young designers in India today. He has won the British Council Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award and the International Woolmark Prize this year.
His eponymous label stands for modern, progressive design that’s clever yet commercial, timely yet timeless. The signature look has unusual use of colour, innovative surface treatments, timeless silhouettes that are wearable and inclusive.
The label retails at top-end designer boutiques in India and select stores worldwide. Nachiket is a favourite of top celebrities like Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Tabu, Kalki, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Karisma Kapoor among others.
Priyadarshini has been an independent designer since 1996 and has worked consistently with stores all over India and in some international locales such as New York, Tokyo, Kuwait, Dubai, Spain and London.
Great textile treatments & unusual colour combinations are what her clothes are about, combined with fluid silhouettes and surprising lengths.
Priyadarshini Rao has been showing at the India fashion week for over 11 years now and is an alumnus of SNDT Apparel design, Mumbai, Sophia Polytech, Textile weaving, Mumbai and LCFS, jacket Making & Corsetry, London.
Varun Bahl, a National Institute of Fashion Technology (New Delhi, India) graduate, launched his label in 2001. In 2003, he was invited to showcase his Spring/Summer collection at White in Italy and in 2007 he showcased SS Collection at the Milan fashion week.
Known for his innovative use of exclusive fabrics and painterly use of colours, Varun’s designs are based on a singular vocabulary of elements.
The focus of his collection is primarily on surface ornamentation, simple and clean silhouettes and a fusion of techniques.
Vasanth Kumar - Executive Director, Max Fashion
Max, a division of Dubai based retail giant Landmark Group, has pioneered the concept of Value Fashion Retailing in the country. Launched in 2004, Max is today the Largest Value fashion brand across 18 countries with over 250 stores and combined turn over of USD 1.3 billion.
As head of Max’s Indian operations, Vasanth is currently spearheading the brand’s aggressive growth plans in India and Max is already the largest brand in the segment with over 165 stores across 60 cities with the Turn Over of INR 2400 Cr in 16-17.
The Jury for Awards:
Priyadarshini Rao, Vasanth Kumar, Varun Bahl, Nachiket Barve, Kamakshi Kaul, Marc Robinson
Vasanth Kumar, Priyadarshini Rao, Varun Bahl, Kamakshi Kaul, Nachiket Barve, Marc Robinson