With 15 years of experience, spanning across national and international markets, Debarun has moved from being an individual to a brand in the fashion industry. An alumnus of the world’s best fashion school, London based LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION, Debarun has diverse experience across designing, styling, branding, merchandising, production and management having worked for international names like Ben Da Lisi, Alexandra Mc Queen, Ungaro etc.
Debarun launched his brand in 2007, post which he has been regularly showcasing at the Lakme Fashion Week (Mumbai) and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (Delhi) as an established designer amidst critical accolades and commercial success. Together with his brand, he also designs for some of the biggest textile design studios in London and New York. As a design consultant, he is associated with one of the largest national television channels for styling their reality shows and serials.
Debarun’s design philosophy stems from his belief that fashion is not just an art form or a means of commerce but a way of life. This is the reason ‘everyday’ inspires Debarun. Simplicity, sophistication, pragmatic, affordable tied together with the common place and packaged with the extraordinary, that is Debarun’s trademark designs.
The very first dress you designed?
Honestly the first dress I designed was for our annual school play, "the pipe piper of hamlin", at St. James School, Kolkata. It was creative freedom at it's best. The frame of reference is imaginary and so are the characters. I loved the process of story telling through clothes as a medium. Professionally the first dress I designed was for the graduating fashion show at BILAMS, my undergrad fashion school. This was before I went to London College of Fashion and now when I look back I find so many technical flaws and somehow do not relate with the philosophy of the design as well. I am happy about that actually because it shows that I have grown up both creatively and technically, a trait which is a must for all designers be it fashion or any other field.
Your personal style?
My personal style statement is "simplistic glamour". Sounds like an oxymoron but my collections all depict that same statement. Kurtas, Jeans, Cotton Trousers, Ts, slip-ons, causal shoes are stuff which fills my wardrobe. I love formal wear as well nicely tailored dinner jackets and the like. As a designer you spend so much time making others look good that you cannot afford to over obsess about yourself. I find it more pleasing if someone compliments one of my cl...