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Founder and Creative Director, House of Masaba

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If one were to try a little, one could find similarities between Olivier Rousteing, the thirtysomething creative director of French fashion house Balmain, and India’s own Masaba Gupta. While their design sensibilities are poles apart, they both started young and rose to the top very quickly. Masaba started her label when she was all of 19, and went on to become the fashion director of Satya Paul at 24, while Rousteing became the creative director of Balmain at 25. The two represent a generation of designers unabashedly breaking the rules. Masaba has five stores in India, with plans to open more. “We are trying the mall format—it’s a different animal. Things that sell in the mall and in a standalone store are very different,” she says.