Winner of several prestigious awards and mentor to a few stars, Ken Ferns shares with Salon India his take on the synergy between beauty and fashion
Mumbai-based designer Ken Ferns, started his design career in 2003 after completing his fashion designing course form LS Raheja College, Mumbai. He launched his eponymous label, Ken Ferns, in 2010 at the India Resort Fashion Week-Goa and from then on has been showcasing at the Lakme Fashion Week. He has been the wardrobe stylist for BBC Worldwide and Bigg Boss, costume designer for Naach Balliye and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
What challenges you’ve faced while making a niche for yourself in the fashion industry?
Everything attempted is a challenge. But I have not adapted any method to do what I do. I have just gone ahead in doing things I strongly believe in and thankfully have been able to create a niche effortlessly .
What is the importance of hair and make-up in fashion?
It is extremely important and it’s a basic necessity. Well kept hair and basic make up is a day to day thing. And if one is a fashion person, it just completes ones look.
What is the contribution of a designer in planning and creating the look of the model?
There is complete contribution and responsibility towards planning and creating a look. It’s mandatory.
Who is your inspiration?
Designers, craftsmen and artist. Namely Alexander McQueen, Westwood , JPG , Dali – and many more.
Which is the most outrageous look adapted by you?
My most outrageous collection was at the IIFA Awards in 2008. I had re-created the predator cast alien head which was worn by a model.
What is the missing elements in the fashion weeks? What is your suggestions for the same?
There are too many to mention.
What is your suggest for the look for new year or a peek into SR’2014 lookbook?
My suggestion is solely my presentation at the fashion week. I just presented print on print, light, easy fitted, dropped shoulders, mid length sleeves and kimono cuts.
What are your future plans?
I don’t know yet! But it’s going to be BIG for sure….