Masaba, daughter of well-known actress Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards, was only 20 when she entered the field. With her quirky designs, Masaba carved a niche for herself. At 24, she was appointed as the fashion director at Satya Paul.

Masaba believes that "newness is a constant in fashion" and the industry will always appreciate and support good designs.

"Awareness about the Indian fashion industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. With international celebrities making red carpet appearances in outfits by Indian designers, people are taking note of the work we do here," Masaba said.

"For me, as long as any designer, old or new, creates something beautiful, it will be appreciated," she added.

The spotlight was on Rahul when pop queen Beyonce Knowles handpicked one of his outfits for her collaboration with "Rent the Runway", a popular online rental boutique.

Scoring well with their design aesthetics and innovativeness are youngsters Atsu Sekhose, Nachiket Barve, Anand Bhushan and Aneeth Arora. They continuously impress buyers from around the country at fashion events.

Even the fashion weeks are encouraging young aspirants.

Lakme Fashion Week took a brave front by declaring young names, Calcutta-based Kallol Datta and Delhi-based designer duo Pankaj-Nidhi, as the grand finale designers of its winter-festive 2012 edition, thus starting a new trend.

There is a lot of support from the senior designers as well. Ace designer Ritu Beri said, "It's a proud moment for the fashion fraternity to have such talented young blood contributing to the glory of our country. Young designers are edgy and creative with a unique fashion sense."

"Indian fashion week is a solid platform for upcoming designers as it attracts a lot of publicity both in India and internationally. So yes, we can see a new phase with new names making headlines," she said.

Another ace designer Wendell Rodricks feels proud about the kind of work youngsters are doing. "Masaba and Rahul are talented designers. They deserve the praise they are getting and don't need the endorsement of a sari manufacturer or a singer. They do great clothes and need no endorsement from anyone. I am proud of them," he said.

Although they are charting new paths and earning accolades, younger lot have their head on their shoulders and credit seniors for bringing the fashion industry this far.

(Agencies)

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