The New York Fashion Week held in February and September every year is the most reputed fashion show among the four grand slams of international fashion shows including those at Paris, London and Milan.
When two Keralites, a designer and a photographer, hit the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) last month as show directors it was a remarkable achievement for the Indian fashion industry as it's the first time ever in the history of the fashion show that Indians were at the helm of show.
Manjulakshmi Bharathan and Carrot GK were appointed to direct and produce the show of fashion designer Harlienz and jewellery designer Ghada al Buainain from the Middle East at the NYFW.
Manjulakshmi, was also the first designer from south India to showcase her label at NYFW last year.
"I am very happy to have done my first show direction for the International Designers and I am very proud to have been provided with this opportunity to curate and direct the shows at New York Fashion Week," excited Manjulakshmi said.
For Carrot Gk, being the official New York Fashion Week Photographer and coming to the role of a co-director at the show has been a pleasant surprise.
“The show has been a great success and we have been receiving good feed back from the International Media," he said. “We are now looking forward to more International Fashion Projects,” he added.
Designer Manjulakshmi Bharathan, who was born and brought up in Qatar, established her label Gills Manjulakshmi in 2014 after she received a tremendous response for her bridal wear which she had created for a royal family wedding in Qatar. She had been working as a professor of fashion designing and interior designing at Virginia Commonwealth University from Richmond in Qatar since 2006.
From bridal wear she had expanded her brand to selling ready-to-wear womenswear, menswear and natural comfort wear using natural fabrics.
Manjulakshmi had her first break when she was invited to the International IWED Bridal Fashion Show in 2014 where she had the chance to showcase her designs among five international designers including red carpet international designer Fadi Nahle.
Carrot GK based in Kochi is a leading international fashion and celebrity photographer with his experience in the industry for more than a decade. He is the cover photographer for leading magazines that include The Man, FWD and so on. He had won the prestigious Maddy Gold Award in 2016.
Carrot GK works with advertisement agencies with a rich clientele spread over UAE, Qatar and the USA (New York) apart from India. He has also associated with JWT, O&M, Stark, Malayala Manorama and so on.
Carrot GK was one of the invited photographers from India for the NYFW in 2018. As a celebrity photographer he has worked with Parineeti Chopra, Amisha Patel and many others.