While the style world was nonetheless grappling with the lack of the long-lasting Alber Elbaz, who designed for Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Geoffrey Beene and Guy Laroche in his epoch-defining profession, Delhi based mostly designer Ajit Kumar of label 5 X handed away succumbing to the lethal Covid.
Ajit hailed from the previous guard of designers who by no means did a runway present, however made their presence felt on completely different expertise platforms – considered one of them being the Vogue Fashion Fund.
A vogue design graduate from NIFT, Delhi,(2002 batch) his label denoted the 5 letters of the phrase crossed out to spotlight the optimistic connotations, a designer’s steady efforts to beat constraints to understand a really perfect. Uniquely crafted, by way of painstaking inventive experimentation and honest, considerate consideration to each step of the inventive course of, 5X merchandise have been the reflection of that battle to translate goals into actuality, speaking an evanescent feeling right into a wearable expression.
He retailed from a few of the prime brick and mortar and on-line shops of India and many of the Middle East patrons stocked his label and Anthropologie was additionally shopping for his choices recurrently.
A good friend of Ajit for 23 years and his NIFT batch mate designer Nitin Bal Chauhan went out of his method to assist him as he battled Covid.
“He was my best friend. Once we got to know he was Covid positive, we tried to give him all the support – from taking him to a hospital in Lajpat Nagar to providing him with him oxygen. Sadly he died of cardiac arrest. He was among the top 5 finalists in the Vogue Fashion Fund and he event went
to Italy for a prestigious design competition equivalent edition of Woolmark Prize. However, he never did a runway show. All in all, he was a jovial person and no one had anything bad to say about him,” says Nitin.
Designer Shruti Sancheti who has been a fan of his work says, “Ajit Kumar’s work was very ethereal yet modern. Some beautiful craftsmanship and innovative textures on simple and elegant silhouettes were the focal point of his creations. His clothes always spelt of restrained luxury and understated opulence and were timeless.”