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Péro SS 14. At India Fashion Week in Delhi.

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November 4, 2013

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I made a list.

Photos from Delhi Fashion Week in 2012/2013.

What Do You Wear To Bed? | LFW

September 22, 2013

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Prerna Malhotra, 23. Designer
“I wear my comfo tee n pajamas. I stole the tee from my brother. “

What’s a comfo tee?
Basically my comfo tee is an over sized tee.

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Amit Kekre, 39. Social explorer/Anthropologist.
“Mostly a pair of short cotton shorts. I’ve got a few…printed & plain.”

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Astha Sethi. 25. Designer.
“Printed pyjamas with oversized shirts picked randomly.”

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Nikhil D, 26. Fashion Stylist
“Old tee and PJs or boxers when I’m home in Delhi. Usually I pass out in whatever I’m wearing.”

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Pranav Misra, 28. Designer.
Why are you asking? Is this for your blog?
Yes.
I have cotton & silk fabrics which I’ve cut to a lungi’s length. I like wearing them as drapes, like a lungi.

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Kiran Jaisinghani, 33. Designer.
“Clothes that are three sizes bigger — usually shirts, salwars, or checkered dhotis. I’m really particular about what I pick to wear in the night than anything else.

And you don’t wear any of this in the day?
Never in the day. I am pretty much a truck driver at home.

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Shibani Dandekar. Actor/Model.
“Loose tees or tank tops, and pajamas. I mostly wear men’s shirts that are same length as a really short dress. I have a few.
Legs are always bare for me. My favourite is this vintage black tee shirt that says Wu Tang. Got it long ago from NY somewhere.”

Elton Fernandez, 31. Hair/make up artist.
“Shorter than short boxer shorts and a loose vest. My favourite is this soft cotton young teenage girl shorts for 100 bucks from Hill Road.”

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Sneha Arora. 28. Designer.
“I am almost a man when i go to sleep. I wear a pair of GAP boxers and a man’s tee. When I am working late I just sleep in my denims. I find them the most comfortable.”

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Ragini Ahuja. Designer
“Easy breezy soft big big big tee shirts & shorts or pajamas.
One of my favourites is a big George men’s tee. XXXL. It’s 3 years old. I picked it up at the export house where I worked back in 2010.”

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Krishna Mukhi, 29. Fashion Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India.
“My brother’s oversized tee, it comes till my knees. It’s black and white. And this another tee from FCUK; I wear it inside out cos I don’t like what it says.

What does it say?
I am not gonna tell you.

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Yeeteng Ker Watankhah, 28. Pattern Cutter.
“Is there an easier question?”

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Aparna Badlani, 35. Store owner. 
“Usually a worn out tee and a pair of shorts. Have a bunch of A&F shorts. I probably wear some of my tees to the gym but not outside anywhere. Had a favourite — an Esprit tee — but it was in tatters, so had to throw it away.”

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Himanshu Singh. Theatre actor/model.
“Nothing actually, to be honest. But only when I’m by myself.”

And when someone is around?
A pretentious night suit — pair of broad striped pyjamas and a loose buttoned shirt.

Shruti Bheda, 27.
“Gosh! It’s too personal.
Umm. Boy shorts & tee shirt.
If you use the original answer I’ll kill you.”

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Rixi Bhatia, 32. Designer.
“Pajamas with prints and racerback tees. I buy them from thrift stores or roadside stalls on hill road.”

What kind of prints?
Cows and dogs…or just anything.

Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week in August 2013.

Nidhi Jacob | LFW

September 21, 2013

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Nidhi Jacob. Fashion editor, ELLE India. Likes this video.

Do you see a change in your style from what it was before?
Earlier I used to do a lot of clashing prints, nipped in waists, and more figure flattering stuff. Now I am moving towards more boxy mannish things..which is harder to do for my size but I am championing on.

Did you watch anything recently you liked because of its styling or fashion?
I watched this really good French film Fat girl. Then Tomboy. I won’t say I liked them for their fashion but they have really nice cinematography and they are good overall. Also, Reprise & Oslo, August 31st — both have interesting stories.

blogs that you read regularly
vanilla scented / it is minimal in a wearable way not a stern way. I am also trying to tone down my style to more basic.
Then there is this really cool tumblr called notpullteeth – – his blog is called pull teeth. It’s sportswear hip-hop but still very minimal.
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Indian — nnyijir.blogspot.com by Renee Nabam. She is based in Bangalore. I think she’s got great movies music references and she really seems to be into the Japanese Korean thing.
then Dolly’s blog — alphabetagaga
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lahlah doesn’t post much but hers is still my favourite.
And yeah, they all are from the Northeast.

Why do you think magazines don’t run enough stories about Northeast?
Because they think they are not mainstream enough?

What’s the most common thing people tell you when they see you after long?
“You’ve put on weight.”

How many years have you been attending fashion weeks?
I used to do backstage for Lakme…so  about 7 or 8 now.

Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week in August 2013

Kanishtha Dhankhar | LFW

September 21, 2013

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Kanishtha Dhankhar, 24. Miss India 2011.


Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week in August 2013.

Ragini Ahuja

September 6, 2013

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Ragini Ahuja, 25. Fashion designer at Ikai. Lives in Delhi. Likes péro and A&T. Would like to own Junya Watanabe & Thakoon. Is waiting to read Khaled Hosseini’s latest, & listening to Husna on repeat.

Did you always want to work in fashion?
No. Fashion is too fast. I always sketched a lot..I would’ve been an architect otherwise.

Best thing about being at fashion week.
It’s the vacation after all the hard work! Love the bit where I get to wear my new collection before anybody else.

Where do you shop from mostly?
I am more of an anti-fit kind of person. The bigger the better! For basics I shop at M&S, Anokhi, Clarks, Lancome. The list keeps changing really.

What do you like about Delhi?
Winters. Friends. And I love the food here.

Do you remember the last dream you had?
It was this morning. I was with my sister in New York celebrating 4th of July. There was a huge hoarding. I think. Somehow I knew it was the 4th of July. And I’ve never been to New York. We saw firecrackers. Then I remember I was flying back.

As in? On a plane or like a bird?
Plane.


Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week in August 2013.

Shift | LFW

September 5, 2013

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Sharon Crawford, fashion stylist//Vogue India.

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Nidhi Sunil, fashion model.

Clothes by Shift.

Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week in August 2013.

Day One | LFW

September 4, 2013

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Malika Verma. Photographer, writer, stylist. Founder of Border & Fall. Lives in Bangalore. Likes En Inde & experimenting with sari. Wearing Shift.

“My wardrobe largely consists of cropped pants, neutral-coloured oversized tees, long jersey dresses, and saris.” //more

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Ria Kamat. Freelance fashion stylist. In a dress by Goldie London.

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Elton Fernandez. Make up artist. “I’m wearing shirt from Topshop, pants from Zara, earring from Udaipur.

I‘m in a stage where am just enjoying wearing black & white. I don’t know if it has anything to do with art or movies, but I’ve generally been listening to a lot of BIRDY. She can be melancholic but I love her voice and style.”

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Shibani Dandekar. TV host/singer/model.

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Meghna Bhalla, freelance fashion stylist. Wearing Nishka Lulla.

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Backstage at Nishka Lulla.

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Backstage at Shift.

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Pallavi Singh. In between runway shows. Loves potatoes.

“It’s been a year since I completely shifted to Bombay. So everything is exciting — walking at LFW, meeting new people, working on new projects, and just living here.”

Are you a good cook?
Yes. I make great rotis. And dal. And salad.

If you weren’t a model what would you be?
I studied fashion design but I probably be a doctor as I come from a family of doctors. My mom still wants me to get into medicine.

What’s next for you?
I’m moving apartments.

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Karishma Shahani, fashion designer.

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Yee Teng Kerr from Malaysia. Lives in Pune. Works as a pattern cutter at Ka/Sha. Wearing Ka/Sha.

Photos taken at Lakme Fashion Week, Bombay in August 2013.

Shruti Bheda | LFW

September 3, 2013

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Shruti Bheda, 27. Has a cat named Zhi-Zhi. Likes Portishead.

“I grew up in Mumbai. My childhood was fun. I loved going to Kutch(native place) almost every summer vacation. We had a farm there so all day long my brother & I would go climb mango trees, roam in the fields, collect vegetables for home, watch peacocks dance & chase them. We had a swimming pool…I loved cycling & skating too.”

Any places in India you travel often to?
I have been going to Himachal Pradesh every year for at least a month for last 7 years.

Why is that?
I’m in love with the mountains. I feel connected to them. I love walking through them endlessly knowing them better as each year passes by, watching them change. I find myself change with them.

Do you find it unsafe to travel on your own in Bombay?
Yes I do. But whenever I’m traveling alone, especially at night, I keep my knife out in case of any troubles.

What’s the best thing about Bombay?
Its people and Carter Road.

What’s your plan for the evening?
I am going to my friend’s house to have some beer and dance.

What worries you?
I worry about melting glaciers, beautiful mountains, human nature, city life, and myself.
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Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week, Bombay in August 2013.

Working Class at India Fashion Week

July 4, 2013

They don’t speak much.

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Men looking at the fashion shows on a screen. Women sitting in a group. Lunch break.

Photos from India Fashion Week, Delhi. (2012-13)

Women + working class | India Fashion Week

July 3, 2013

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I’ve tried to put together the urban Indian crowd that attends fashion weeks(look at Bombay here). It’s a small filtered out crowd.

I’m sometimes asked about the trends I see in India. I can’t point at one thing and say this is happening. Can anybody? India is too vast and diverse. It looks like a lot is happening simultaneously within a small crowd. Colour blocking. Traditional/vintage mixed with new. Prints mixed with colours. Tailored. Structured. Asymmetry. Lot of customization and personalization.

You see a lot of people endorsing the designers they like. Borrowed for the day, gifted, or bought. (Lesly Lobeni in Varun Sardana. Karuna Laungani in Rahul Mishra. Sabina Halder in Abdul Halder. Ridhima Sud in Pia Pauro. Ruhi Sheikh in Bodice).

Designers wearing the clothes they make. (Arya John, Ruchika SachdevaHiroko Takahashi.) There is Sarojini stuff combined with online stores. Old hand-me-downs(Carol Humtsoe). Vintage(Monica) Head to toe luxury(Pooja Khurana in Dior+Karen Miller). Models are usually in loose casual clothes and flat shoes. (A bit of generalization.)

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Another thing you can’t help notice is the working class people at fashion weeks. You see them around on all days but start finding them in abundance on the last day as they start dismantling stages and stalls. It’s interesting to see how they mix with the fashion crowd. They move in lines. Mostly looking down. In & out of the same areas as everyone else – the smoking area, by the party lounges, the designers’ stalls, backstage. Through loud music, drunk happy people, media spotlight, celebrities. They don’t talk at all. Even when they are together they don’t seem to be talking much. Like they were told not to.

However, I didn’t photograph them just to show the contrast between the classes. Guess everybody knows it exists pretty much everywhere in India. I like their aesthetics.

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All photos from 2011-2012 WIFW in Delhi.

Bodice AW13

June 30, 2013

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Ruchika Sachdeva’s WIFW debut/Bodice AW 13…exploring its own evolution. reinventing the traditional with khadi, block prints, hand woven cloth. hinting at a highly digital age through hand-embroidery. playing with contradictions. at peace with itself.

Tetseo sisters | péro ss13

June 20, 2013

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Kuku, Lulu, & Mercy in péro ss13.

Photographed before péro aw13 show at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in March 2013. 

péro ss 13 | backstage

June 19, 2013

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Backstage photos from péro spring summer 2013. First two images are screenshots from the video I filmed backstage. STILL working on putting it all together.

Backstage+Runway+Street | Paromita Banerjee

June 11, 2013

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You mentioned you are always trying to bring normalcy in fashion through your clothes which you don’t see a lot. Why do you think you need this normalcy? This struck me in NID. We are always in this struggle to go back to the past, go back to the roots, go back to being “normal” and ordinary and rooted. We live in these plush houses and we end up going to resorts to walk barefoot. What I am trying to stress upon each and every season is just because one is making clothes that cost a hell lot of money they don’t have to be made of chiffon and look expensive. As a brand we get queries from stores and personal clients abroad, appreciating our brand and what we do; but frankly we have not always been able to “click” with the audience here in India. Sometimes I do have a dilemma as to whether I wish to be niche or whether I wish to be niche-but-still-reach-out to a wider group. We retail at select 12 boutiques across the country, but at times I have been asked to make slightly more “ornate and rich looking” clothes by our buyers just because sometimes our clothes end up looking “normal” and not “value-for-money.” But hey, if I were to tell you the Dhakai Jamdani handloom cotton fabrics that we used in one of our past collections cost us Rs 875/metre just because each motif was hand-woven painstakingly, would you believe me? (while silk costs Rs 350/metre)

Fashion doesn’t have to be glamorous all the time. I can’t seem to understand what it is with fashion that is always about the “glam” and the short and the tight! Why do fashion magazines need to have girls in pouty lips posing for you. Why can’t we shoot in villages and document the beautiful landscapes or their karigari, something like what Steve McCurry did in that Desert Storm image with the women huddled up in a group. It blows my mind. (Taking a drift…it is bizarre that it is always the westerners that capture the real essence of things, in this case, India, and portray it so very beautifully.)

What are you looking forward to?
Showing at Wills. I feel LFW is losing its essence. It’s too glamorous for me. And I really wish there were more critics. I don’t want to know who show stopped for who or who showed up at which after-party in what clothes & media running behind actors. It’s good if it works for others but I don’t like it. I hope Wills doesn’t have all that. I don’t want to know who is sitting in my front row as long as there are the right kind of people.

Who are the right kind of people? 
Somebody who understands what is going on with the clothes. Someone who can appreciate your work and give constructive criticism and is not just there to talk about front row, runway celebrities, and after parties.

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Best thing about what you do.
It is a high to create things out of scratch. And at the end of each collection, once I see the girls walking down the ramp (no matter how modest I am usually), I feel this great sense of achievement. That, hey-you-know-what the clothes you just saw on the ramp, whether you liked them or not, were made from scratch by our weavers and our karigars and our printers and dyers; and yes, I am the designer behind it.

Excerpts from an old talk I had with Paromita Banerjee at LFW about a year ago. Runway photos from her old shows at LFW and recent AW 13 show at WIFW. Outdoor: Carol Humtsoe in Paromita Banerjee AW 13, photographed during WIFW at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

Expressionist N by Javed Khan

June 5, 2013

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Expressionist N SS 13 by Javed Khan. 

You were not too happy with the styling of your clothes on the runway this time. Yes. I didn’t like the layering so much because each individual piece was very strong, there was a lot happening with each piece..once it got layered, it lost its appeal, and looked a little too much.

What does your work involve at Madura?
I work as a design manager for Louis Phillipe. I have a team of designers and merchandisers working under me. I supervise a bit. My work involves international & domestic market surveys, market research, looking at what sold well and what did not sell well…then taking everything into account and preparing/designing for each season.

Javed made this collection in about 15 days while doing a serious full time job. It was his 2nd time at LFW. Check his debut collection here(first 6 images)his favourite piece from this collection, and some great stuff on his tumblr(minus the runway photos from his recent show).

Images: Expressionist N stall at LFW. Expressionist SS 13 runway, LFW. Pranav Misra in Expressionist N SS 13 shirt & Huemn pants.

क श by Karishma Shahani

June 2, 2013

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All clothes by क श(ka sha)|Karishma Shahani. Look them up here.

Women: Arshia Ahuja. Tanvi Singla. Ria KamatPhotographed in Bombay during Lakme Fashion Week August ’12 and March ’13.

Purva Rana | Frou Frou

May 30, 2013

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Clothes: Archana‘s label Frou Frou(read more here).

Model: Purva Rana, 23, from Dharamsala. Photographed in March 2013 during Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

Women | LFW

May 29, 2013

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Archana Rao, Designer. Likes Oren Lavie, exploring paper, is fascinated with buildings and structures, lives in Hyderabad..

What did you do today? I was just working on completing a project for most of the day, met up with a couple of friends over coffee and cheese cake, wrapped up the day by watching Paris, je’taime in bed.

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Karishma Sanghvi. 20. FD student at Sophia College.

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Alisha Netalkar. Possesses deafening screaming abilities.

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Diva Dhawan. My blog was the subject for one of her college projects.

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Pallavi Singh. In between shows.

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Suhani Pittie. Accessory designer. 

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Shruti Bheda. BLUR girl.

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Karishma Shahani. Fashion & textile designer. Also sews, embroiders, cuts patterns. Likes Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Asif Avidan, Manish Arora, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Fun. Read more about her here.

If not a fashion designer, what do you think you’d be?
An anthropologist.

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Shweta Dolli. 23. Miss India South ’11. Studied Math at college.

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Rachel Bayros. Model. On nothing.

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Arshia Ahuja. If she was a kitchen utensil, she’d be a cheese grater.

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Preeti Dhata. Radiohead.

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Miss Universe India 2010.

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Steven Wilson lover in Periwinkle glasses.

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Tamara Moss in Rohit Bal. I really liked this show.

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Bollywood.

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Socialites.

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Krishna Mukhi.  Works for Harper’s Bazaar. Hates florals.
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Photographs taken over the last two years (2011-13) at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

Ria Kamat

May 22, 2013

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Ria Kamat. 22. Jr. Fashion Stylist with Marie Claire. Works on the fashion pages of the magazine but is happiest at a shoot. Lives in Bombay. Studied at LCF. Large chunk of her childhood went in trying to dress like Spice Girls followed by Kate Winslet from Titanic phase(keyword:stockings). Admires Caroline Issa’s style. Has over watched Juno. Is listening to Bloom & Get Lucky over and over, one after another. Likes Huemn, Bodice, Shift, The Lumineers, Passion Pit, singing along to ABBA, Palace of Illusions, vodka…

Childhood
I was born in Mumbai. I am one of those people who has very distinct memories of my childhood right from the age of 4. Snippets of meaningless conversations, dreams, the way I felt about things…I remember majority of it. As all the kids in my building were boys, growing up around them had a strong influence on me. I was definitely not a girly girl and always dreamt of being a teenage mutant ninja turtle (the red one). I feel like a lot of my real ‘growing up’ took place when I moved to a boarding Sahyadri school which was essentially on a hill in the middle of no where. There was no encouragement of competition…education was everything that happened outside the classroom, friends were family, and teachers were friends. Technology was a foreign term, so every weekend I would write letters to my parents on inland letters. Life was like a little bubble with no connection to reality. I owe everything that I am to that time of my not so long life (so far).

How long were you in London for, what did you study, and where did you work?
I moved to london right after I turned 18. I lived there for 4 years. In my first year I did a diploma course that gave me the opportunity to understand all the different aspects of the fashion industry. I then did my BA degree in Fashion Styling and Photography where I majored in Styling.

While in London I did anything and everything I could and didn’t get a penny for it. I interned at Vogue india in both their London and Mumbai offices. I also worked on a film for Lilly Allen’s vintage store that she opened with her sister Sarah. I assisted the creative director of the film so my job was to build the sets, like physically build them. So I helped source all the material for the sets and then build it…from tiling a floor to building walls. I assisted a lot of freelance stylists in London on commissioned shoots that they were doing for magazines. I did apply for a job as a sales girl at Miss Sixty and I even got it. I worked there for a day and then fractured my foot so that was pretty much the end of my sales career.

What do you miss the most about London?
The parks! I love a good picnic at the park.

Where do you hangout in Bombay?
Uhhh currently at the Marie Claire office. I don’t really have one place. I enjoy eating out at places where the space is as important as the food. I like The Pantry, Kala Ghoda Cafe, Cafe Zoe, The Barking Deer.

Do you find any similarities between London & Bombay?
Yes. Everyone is trying to be someone. In Bombay there are so many young people who are trying to find their calling and achieve their goals. It’s the same in London. And all these people are young…really young.


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