Published: Verve Magazine, October 2013
For her unconcerned, quirky sense of fashion. And her enviable midriff
WILL NEVER WEAR An animal print leotard.
STYLE SOULMATE Gwen Stefani.
SENTIMENTAL INHERITANCE My paternal grandmother was very stylish and a model when young. She introduced me to style when I was 14 and had tons of cool stuff from the ’50s. I particularly love this burgundy-coloured velvet suit with big, puffy shoulders.
BANISH FROM BOLLYWOOD Sequins! My eyes are getting blinded!
FAVOURITE FASHION MOMENT Last year, in Cannes, when I wore Sabyasachi with a headpiece. It felt very elegant and original.
INTIMIDATED BY THE FASHION OF…. New York. I went for the first time this summer. Everyone looked stunning…so effortlessly cool, straight out of a magazine cover.
SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU…. I have fat ankles and chubby calves. No matter how much I run, it’s like God put cotton in them. Sabyasachi’s tight churidars simply won’t fit!
PLANNED DRESSER OR NOT? Not! I am a designer’s nightmare – I call them 24 hours before my appearance…asking for something amazing.
QUICK TRICKS TO ALTER THE LOOK OF THE SAME OUTFIT One popping out colour – red or pink shoes; a jacket; a bright bag. And I love hats! While I don’t much care for jewellery, I have one statement piece – a big Mother Mary cross, that’s like a piece of clothing in itself.
INDIVIDUAL DRESSING VERSUS TRENDS You can’t escape trends. It helps you discover new things – but it shouldn’t make you uncomfortable. And yet, your personality comes out in your styling – people judge you by the way you dress.
FAVOURITE DRESSING UP SONG OF THE MOMENT Bad Girls by MIA. It’s such a cool video – really gets me going.
A YOUNG DESIGNER YOU ARE IMPRESSED BY Nimish Shah. At his recent show, I loved his opening outfit – a burgundy velvet dress with white lace.
AN ETERNALLY FAVOURITE DESIGNER/LABEL Sabyasachi…and Urban Outfitters.
SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU, BUT YOU WISH IT DID Sporty clothes, tracksuits…I wish I could be like Eminem!
SARI ESCAPADES I wear a lot more saris than people know – in my theatre circle. I like hand-woven, khadi and natural fabric.
SOMETHING NEW IN YOUR WARDROBE An army jacket with big pockets from Zara.
For her combination of girlish femininity and androgynous toughness of spirit
WILL NEVER WEAR An anarkali kurta.
STYLE SOULMATE Caroline Issa of Tank magazine and Because London.
SENTIMENTAL INHERITANCE My maternal grandmother’s jadau earrings made by a local jeweller in Palitana.
WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE IN BOLLYWOOD Garishness. I prefer old Hindi cinema – the ’60s films were stylish; today we consider their styles to be retro. In the future, our kids won’t consider the styling of films today retro or iconic. The character and originality is missing.
FAVOURITE FASHION MOMENT When Sarah Jessica Parker happened to see my collection in Paris and liked my clothes. She took my number from my agent – I missed meeting her, but loved that it happened.
SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU…. I am a foolishly romantic person.
DRESSING EXPERIMENTS My dressing style depends upon my hair! With long hair I prefer bifurcated garments and trousers; with a short pixie cut I prefer more feminine silhouettes.
ETERNALLY FAVOURITE LABELS Lanvin, Etro (for their paisleys), Mary Katrantzou (for artistic prints) and Vivienne Westwood (for wedding gowns).
SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU, BUT YOU WISH IT DID Micro-minis!
NEW IN YOUR WARDROBE A Marc Jacobs bag.
COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE Monogrammed bags!
For being a restaurateur with style
SIGNATURE STYLE Somewhere between androgynous, street and tailored simplicity.
A FASHION NO-NO Clothes that are too tight.
STYLE SECRET THAT ALWAYS WORKS A scarf, an oversized light sweater and the colour black.
CURRENT WARDROBE FAVOURITE A floor-length grey cotton dress and the rediscovery of a red silk cape from Paris that is eons old.
RECENT SPLURGE A mini cream-coloured Chloe bag from Harrods.
FAVOURITE FASHION ERA I love the 1920s. It was so sophisticated while being completely frivolous at the same time. I’m a huge fan of Josephine Baker and she was an absolute icon and in her prime during that time.
AN OVERDONE TREND Oversized headbands and headpieces. I’m totally done with faux punk rock studs as well.
FASHION SOUL CITIES Paris and New York.
WARDROBE STAPLES A tailored jacket and a favourite white blouse for each day of the week.
WARDROBE TREASURES I only buy things that I absolutely love; it is rare that I pick stuff up out of need or necessity. For instance, I admire the way Balenciaga fits me, the unbelievable craftsmanship of my Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla pieces and the originality of prints of a David Szeto piece.
SENTIMENTAL INHERITANCE A very vintage emerald ring that my grandmother gave me.