Patron Utsava Kasera has not only introduced Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra to START but he has also chosen to support a spectacular one night only fashion event; Shantanu & Nikhil- Independence. START is delighted that this year’s fair will provide the backdrop to such an interesting and opulent fashion show. Shantanu & Nikhil have always reiterated the vision of belonging to something that is bigger than themselves and its underlying spirit that symbolizes progressivism and distinctiveness. It is a brand for strong men and women who represent a mentality of fighting for what they believe in, a sentiment which is relevant to both India and the world, believing in nostalgically re-inventing Indian history through the art of the cloth by constantly breaking the myriad stereotypical notions of tradition and fashion.
"Celebrating contemporary India with the world through the lens of fashion has enabled us to emancipate from the norms of Indian Couture. Showcasing signature sartorial silhouettes through our latest A/W 18 collection – Independence – during the START
Art Fair at the iconic Saatchi Gallery in London establishes the perfect resonance for presenting independent India in all its grandeur and purity. Furthermore, Honourable High Commissioner of India to the UK, Shri Y.K Sinha’s presence and support as the chief guest for the evening will glorify the impact that rich Indian crafts & designs have consolidated over decades." -Shantanu Mehra, Co-founder and CEO of Shantanu and Nikhil
"As a patron of START, I am proud to be a part of such an event which will bring together the innovative and exciting emerging artists that are involved with START as well as India’s finest designers Shantanu and Nikhil who will be showcasing their A/W line: Independence. This event will be particularly unique as the Indian High Commission is supporting the fashion show and I am looking forward to this remarkable week of art and fashion." -Utsava Kasera
"We are happy to support the event by Shantanu & Nikhil at the Saatchi Gallery. I hope that such efforts will bring to the fore contemporary Indian fashion in the UK. The show will help to further popularise the innovative 5F formula- Farm to Fibre; Fibre to Fabric; Fabric to Fashion; and, Fashion to Foreign." -Y K Sinha, High Commissioner of India to the UK
Shantanu & Nikhil Independence is an invitation only event.