Experts with background in Design & Style, Hospitality, Entertainment and Advertising come together to pick the winning entries for the WeddingSutra Influencer Awards 2020.  

Aashish Hiramanek
Tandem Communication

Aashish is the co-founder of Tandem Communications, one of India’s leading Lifestyle PR agency with a focus on innovation and creative solutions and has been instrumental in evolving the Public Relations and Digital Solutions landscape. It is a full-service Media and Public Relations Boutique Firm with a proven track-record for dedicating and helping organisations communicate in today’s multi-faceted marketplace.

Ami Patel
Founder, Style by Ami

Celebrity Stylist, former Fashion Director L’Officiel India, and Creative Director Harpers Bazaar India, Ami is experienced in all aspects of fashion styling. Her work spans across editorial, print and TV to celebrity styling. Having been in this business of beauty and fashion for more than 20 years now, her vast portfolio includes magazine covers and fashion stories of India’s best-known celebrities. Ami has a knack of transforming people to give them their best look. This love and passion for fashion has made her one of India’s best-known stylists today.

Annurag Batra
Chairman, Business World

Mr. Anurag Batra is a media mogul, journalist, serial entrepreneur and eternal optimist, all rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Science, a degree he acquired before joining Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, one of India’s leading Business Schools. He is a first generation entrepreneur, and currently, he adeptly holds the reins of the iconic 36 year old business media and magazine brand as the very proficient Chairman and Editor-in-Chief.

Deepak Chowdhary
Founder & Director, Event Capital, Laqshya live experiences and Chief Mentor- Whistling Woods International School of Events

As a serial entrepreneur, Deepak has seen the changing face of the events industry. Today, he has successfully diversified business opportunities for flourishing start-ups and created bankable live event IPs across genres.

Devangi Nishar Parekh
Creative Director, AZA fashions

Dyson School alumnus Devangi Parekh is at the forefront of AZA fashion, as the appointed Director. AZA, a brand owned by her mother which highlights trendy fashion, features curated collections of stunning handpicked garments, jewelry and accessories amongst other things which have been designed, styled and perfected by renowned designers for every style conscious soul. Her vision and innovative approach has successfully led AZA to grow into one of India’s leading luxury fashion retailers.

Eshaa Amiin
Celebrity Stylist, Founder - The Style Elevator & Eshaa Amiin Label

Eshaa, a NIFT graduate, has played several roles in her multi-faceted career to boast about yet. That of Fashion Director Miss India Organization, Face of Stylista, and styling partners for Palladium Mall. She’s also been featured in a digital influencers campaign for L’Oréal and was also the only stylist featured in PETA’s vegan fashion campaign. She has come a long way since, exploring fashion for styling campaigns and TVCs for many fashion & lifestyle brands, and also, for magazines such as Filmfare and Forbes amongst others. She has also played stylist to some of the top Bollywood stars. In 2014, she launched the Eshaa Amiin label and The Style Elevator which is a consultancy that offers services like luxury wedding styling and high-profile wardrobe management for famous families.

Kresha Bajaj

Known for her avant-garde and edgy design style, Kresha is a fashion graduate from the London School of Fashion. Having created waves in fashion concepts by designing ‘The Love Story Lehenga’ where she creatively portrayed a couple’s journey through embroidery, which won her widespread media recognition across the world. Her work consists of covetable bespoke designs that each tell a story for a life-time. Her brand truly embodies a refreshing blend of futuristic and global contemporary fashion with unique timelessness.

Manasi Scott

Manasi Scott is an Indian singer, songwriter, and an actress. Manasi is best known for her live-wire performances and for composing "Khatti Meethi" for Sanjay Gupta's Acid Factory. She is known for her powerhouse performances in over 1800 shows across India, USA, England, Australia, Thailand, Africa and Switzerland to name a few. She has performances designed to suit any occasion from launches, concerts, weddings and sangeets to even regional shows in any genre, with a promise to enthral everyone and keep them on their feet nevertheless.

Maneka Thadani
Marketing & Communications, Gucci

Having completed her higher education with a Masters in Arts, Maneka went on to pursue a career in the field of Public Relations and Communications. She is known to be a thrilling combination of style, poise and professionalism as she dons the mantle of Marketing and Communications Manager for GUCCI, India with aplomb and an equal amount of grace and ease.

Masoom Minawala
Masoom Minawala

Masoom Minawala pioneered the Indian blogging industry in 2010 & went on to represent India globally as an Influencer & digital entrepreneur after moving to Europe in 2018. Masoom continues to represent India at fashion weeks, couture shows & luxury events all over the world. With over 15 Million impressions across social media platforms and numerous viral content pieces in fashion, beauty & lifestyle categories, she reigns with the perfect mix of her girl-next-door attitude and luxurious approach.

Narendra Kumar Ahmed

Narendra Kumar’s journey into the Indian fashion industry began in 1990 when he graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). In 2000, Nari, as he’s fondly addressed, was the first and only Indian designer to enter British Esquire’s Big Black Book of Style. Known for his androgynous styles that are simple and chic, he launched his eponymous label after acquiring comprehensive invaluable experience having worked with various designers while collaborating with India’s leading textile companies.
He is also the Creative Director of e-commerce giant Amazon.

Pallavi Jaikishan

Pallavi Jaikishan debuted in the Indian fashion industry in the early 1970's. This doe-eyed beauty, graduated with an Arts Major from Elphinstone College. Shortly after, she launched Paraphernalia, a lifestyle store, which featured exclusive collections of clothes, household linen and designer items. She set her foot into the United States by featuring her collections in upscale stores like Saks 5th Avenue, Lord and Taylor and Bergdorf Goodman where she has steadily garnered a dedicated following. With international recognition duly received, she has firmly established herself as a covetable designer of high-end bridal outfits.

Payal Singhal

A creative lineage led Payal to ardently pursue a career in fashion and design. Having won the prestigious ‘Designer of the Year’ award from an Indian retail giant at only 15 years of age, she went on to study at Parsons School of Design and Fashion, New York. Today, her label retails from her signature stores all around the world and she effortlessly weaves her magic into transforming any woman into a divaesque traditional Indian bride, or a contemporary south Asian woman to a New York style star.

Pranay Baidya

Armed with a degree in Fashion Design from the Design & Arts College of NZ, and an invaluable design industry experience as Creative Director at the New Zealand Wool Growers Marketing Ltd., he pioneered many fashion events in New Zealand.

Pranay later returned to his roots in Calcutta to launch the label ‘PRANAY BAIDYA ATELIER’ in 2011 which has been solely dedicated to creating indelible experiences for the Indian Bride to cherish for a lifetime, with their exquisite range of designer pieces that include intricately handcrafted designer lehengas, sarees and a range of luxe wedding finery.

Priti Mahajan
Marketing & Luxury Consultant

An accomplished marketing and styling consultant with an eye for reinventing boring to eclectic and quirky with a touch of class. She runs The Lifestyle Project that is responsible for curating experiences and styling spaces into aesthetic havens.
Priti Mahajan is married to Gaurav Mahajan, President- Group Apparel, Raymond.

Radhikaraje Gaekwad
Maharani of Vadodara

The very elegant and articulate, Her Highness Maharani Raje Gaekwad from the princely city of Baroda, is the wife of HH Maharaja Samarjitsinghrao Gaekwad. Exceptionally elegant at all times, she is a well-known connoisseur of India’s heritage fashion and has been relentlessly working towards preserving the timelessness of royal attires and classic fabrics.

Raghavendra Singh Rathore

One of the original Czars of the Indian Fashion Industry, Raghavendra Rathore, has been a strong advocate for ‘Brand India’. An ace menswear designer, his classic Bandhgalas can make any man feel like true royalty. A former alumnus of Parsons School of Design, New York, he worked in Manhattan under Oscar De La Renta and Donna Karan, before launching his own label in 1994. He has now spread his creative wings into interior design, wedding and events design, accessories and jewelry.

Rakshit Jain
Director, Prachar Communications

A Chartered Accountant and very ambitious Director of Prachar Communications, Rakshit has an in depth understanding of consumer behaviour and ever evolving marketing trends thanks to being tuned in so closely to his expertise in media and marketing that has this company firmly ensconced shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best in the business.

Rij Eappen
Founder - King of Clubs, Luxury and Men's Lifestyle Influencer

Dubai born Rij emerged as a key lifestyle influencer and content creator in the luxury and men's fashion space when he launched King Of Clubs in Mumbai. Today, he works with some of the biggest brands in India and around the world.

Shaan Khanna
Founder, Spicy Sangria

Shaan graduated from Mumbai’s Jaihind College and is a student of Mass Media. She started as a 15 year old entrepreneur thanks to her passion for designing bags. This enterprising little girl went on to don many hats over the following years and finally her ideas took fruition in her own successful venture, Spicy Sangria where she enjoys setting up curated events that serve as platforms for new concepts, entrepreneurship, and brands in the food or consumer space. This ‘gamechanger’ is also passionate about her other platform – ‘Networking Now’ which brings like-minded individuals together to connect, learn and exchange ideas with relevant information.

Sharon Nayak
Design Consultant

A creative maverick, armed with 20 years of experience, Sharon bridged the gap between her creative vision and its photographic execution with the help of her camera and skills. She is the co-founder of Sharon Nayak Design, a boutique creative consultancy that specializes in luxury, fashionand lifestyle. Her past experiences include Maa, Grey, Mcann and Lowe. With her ‘Midas touch’, shehas had the ability to elevate any brand to the next level.

Srimoyi Bhattacharya
Founder, Peepul Consulting

A successful businesswoman, having built her rock-solid public relations firm, Peepul PR, on her own merit from scratch. New York-based Peepul PR is a boutique agency dedicated to corporate consulting and lifestyle PR,with a passion for pushing the boundaries for typical public relations. Prior to founding Peepul PR, she was Director of PR and Corporate Affairs for Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, where she was responsible for building the hospitality group’s worldwide communications programme. Handling Senator Hillary Clinton’s visit to India, and working with The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation was a huge highlight of her political affairs experience.

Tanisha Rahimtoola Agarwal
Co-founder, Curato

Tapping into the dire need of the hour, where today’s sartorial man loves to experiment with a stylish wardrobe, Tanisha was inspired to raise the bar higher for men who wanted to go stylish. She co-founded Curato, a one-stop-shop for men, which is an amalgamation of new silhouettes, sartorial styles, bold colors and designers - both classic and contemporary, for all the fashion forward men.

Vijay Jain
Ex CEO, Ritu Kumar

Mr. Vijay Jain, Ex CEO, Ritu Kumar is an MBA in Finance and Marketing from one of the premier Business schools in the country. Post his degree, he has had significant exposure of over 10 years in advisory of M&A and Private Equity and is credited with setting up India’s Most Trusted Diamond jewellery brand from conceptualising to scaling it up before moving to Ritukumar

Yash Dongre
House of Anita Dongre

The dapper Yash Dongre, son of Anita Dongre who’s the queen of gotta patti work and stunning lehengas, heads the American side of the business at ‘House of Anita Dongre’, Having completed his post-graduation in International Marketing from Hult Business School, USA, he is currently spearheading the company's expansion strategy in the States having recently launched the company's first store in New York with many more in the offing.