Purushu's award winning fashion blog was founded in 2009 while studying fashion design at NIFT New Delhi. At the age of 19, he wrote show reviews for FDCI's Designer Node dailies at India Fashion Week, New Delhi. Following a stint as menswear designer at Future Group (Lee Cooper), Mumbai in 2013, he relocated to Chennai where he continued blogging and authored fashion columns for The Hindu newspaper. In 2017, Purush Arie launched exclusive gender neutral fashion line. Purushu spoke about gender neutral revolution through fashion at TEDxChennai in March 2018.

2014 – The year in Fashion

Look back at the year that was – 2014: The year in FASHION. Illustrations by Purushu Arie.


Young and talented Indian fashion designer RAHUL MISHRA edged out the likes of Altuzarra to create history by becoming the first Indian to win the coveted International Woolmark prize. Rahul’s achievement is indeed an iconic landmark when he represented the Indian fashion industry on an international platform.
Veteran fashion designer WENDELL RODRICKS was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India for his contribution in the field of fashion.
Bollywood diva and former Miss World AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN, who was criticised previously for post-pregnancy weight gain, made a ravishing comeback at Cannes Film Festival 2014. The 41 year old, who is also seen as the most successful Miss World so far, was felicitated this year in the beauty pageant event for her commitment towards ‘beauty with a purpose’.

Fashion designer ROHIT BAL brought the curtains down on Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 at Quli Khan’s tomb with Qutub Minar in background. With the likes of Christian Louboutin at the front row, Rohit Bal showcased a scintillating collection inspired from the Mughal gardens of Kashmir.

Young and talented fashion designer MASABA GUPTA was declared as the creative head of Anouk after ending her two-year stint as creative head at Satya Paul. The designer has also announced collaboration with her father Sir Vivan Richards to launch a sportswear line Viv x Masaba.


Orange is the new black star, LAVERNE COX became the first transgender to adorn the cover of Time magazine.

DEAN AND DAN CATEN, the designers of Dsquared2, have received two prestigious awards – International Canadian Designer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement during the first edition of the Canadian Arts and Fashion Award.

2014 Ballon d’Or winner CRISTIANO RONALDO‘s underwear line CR7 underwear celebrates one year anniversary.

DAVID BECKHAM promotes the bodywear range of Swedish fashion giant H&M.

Face of Balenciaga fragrances, KRISTEN STEWART goes topless for Rosabotanica ad campaign.
RALPH & RUSSO created history by becoming the first British label to show in Paris Couture Week in over 100 years.

One of fashion’s undisputed greats, veteran fashion designer OSCAR DE LA RENTA passed away at the age of 82.
Fashion designer JOHN GALLIANO is set to make a comeback at the creative helm of Maison Martin Margiela, three years after his trial for anti-Semitic remarks.
ANNA WINTOUR was awarded for outstanding achievement in fashion at British Fashion Awards 2014. She collected the award wearing the first John Galliano creation for Maison Martin Margiela.
ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO and ADRIANA LIMA wear 2 million dollar fantasy bra set for 2014 edition of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
CARA DELEVINGNE duets PHARRELL WILLIAMS for a visual and musical extravaganza titled ‘Reincarnation’ by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.
RIHANNA not just dared the red carpet in 2014 with semi-nude appearances but was also offered the role of  creative director at Puma to oversee womenswear training line.
NAOMI CAMPBELL and JOURDAN DUNN come together to star in a techicolour ad campaign for  heritage British label Burberry.
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