Bug Bitten From Arunachal
By Nidhi Raj Singh
Published: 13th Apr 2014 08:18:46 AM
Jenjum Gadi, Fashion Designer
Growing up in Arunachal, Delhi’s design powerpunk Jenjum Gadi dreamt of making it big in the fashion world, and his favourite actresses donning his creations. This passion drew him to Delhi in 2001 where he interned with Satya Paul, and assisted Rohit Bal. “I wanted to settle down in Mumbai but I fell in love with Delhi,” the man-boy smiles. His style in flattering drapes with lots of layering and easy-chic statement makes him a favourite with Delhi belles; though obsession of Delhi’s fashionistas with figure-hugging clothes surprises him.
Known from his quirky designs, his Spring/Summer 2014 collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week called ‘Insecta’ was equally talked about as his latest WIFW Autumn/Winter 2014 collection called ‘Turkish Delight’.
Growing up in the hills, butterflies, ants, and grasshoppers fascinated little Gadi, the reason why he dedicated an entire collection to them. The colour palette is varied as Mother Nature.
So why does he love Delhi? “Delhi has the infrastructure, workers, a platform like FDCI and a client base. It has helped me live my dream.”
Whenever he feels homesick he heads out to Dilli Haat or Nagaland Kitchen. “I love restaurant hopping and pub-crawls at Hauz Khas Village. I like hanging out with friends at Shiro and Fio Country Kitchen and Bar in Saket.” Delhi, as Gadi puts it, has changed a great deal in the last 10 years.
“When I first came to Delhi, I was amazed to see people staring if I went out in my ganji top.” He feels there are too few options for men’s clothing and accessories. “When I was in college, I loved spending hours shopping at markets like Sarojini Nagar for clothes and Paharganj for accessories. Today if I have to pick up something, I prefer going to the Select City Walk in Saket.”
What about Delhi that annoys him? “I hate it when people pretend to not know where Arunachal is. It hurts when I have to explain about the North-eastern states.” If he had a magic wand, he would like to change intolerant mindset of some. “Having said that I can never shift to any other metro city. I would rate Delhi an eight out of 10,” Gadi says.
Fetish: Shoes and bags
Superstitious about: Someone calling him from behind his back when he’s leaving the house
What he misses the most about home: The fresh mountain breezes
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