How was your experience at the Blender’s Pride Magic Nights six-city tour?
It was a good tour. But I was part of only Mysore and Bhubaneswar trip. It’s great to see that fashion is reaching the small towns and I find people in these places very inquisitive and keen. People here turned out to be well-organised and I really had a good time presenting my collection.
Your collection is fun and flirty party wear? Tell us a little more about it.
I presented a line of 13 outfits. Since it was a Blender’s Pride event and the theme was partywear, I used a lot of bold, bright and candy colours. I designed flirty dresses, skirts, and tunics in pleated nets, Lycra, georgette and chiffons combined with Indian floral motifs and embellished them with bright sequins. It was a prêt partywear and I used new textures like leather sequins and cutwork motifs and fun shapes on the outfits. The cuts are flowy, with leather cutwork, colorful graphics on base.
Your mother Neeta Lulla is well-known designer having won four National Awards. Do you feel the pressure of filling into her shoes?
Honestly, speaking I am not an ambitious designer. I am enjoying my work at the moment. I love what I am doing now and I consider designing more to be my hobby than profession. Comparison with my mother Neeta Lulla is obvious and inevitable, but I do not get bothered with that. I am going by my heart’s calling and my competition is with myself. I am trying to get better and better each day and putting my best foot forward.
In what ways your mother has inspired you? Do you consult with her while working on a collection?
Everyone has his or her own style and mine is very different from my mother’s. In reality we are very different from each other and most of the times she doesn’t agree with me and vice versa. It was always on the back of my mind that I want to be a designer like her. I have grown up watching
her and always wanted to be like her. I used to go out for shoots with her and thus it became a part of me.
It must have been great to win Creative Excellence Award for the Barbie all Doll’d up show at the Lakme Fashion Week 2009. How did it feel to receive such an honour and design an outfit for Barbie for her 50th Anniversary?
I was overwhelmed. I had been designing clothes for Barbie dolls ever since childhood and designing an outfit for her 50th birthday was a wonderful opportunity. I was very new that time and I was delighted to win the award. Katrina sported the Barbie outfit what more could I want.
How was it presenting you collection in the kids fashion week?
Designing for kids is a sheer joy because kids can give you honest opinion of what you design. They have very strong likes and dislikes. They have very cute expression on their faces when they like something. So I just love designing for them.
You clientele has a number of celebrities like Katrina Kaif, Genelia D’souza,Amisha Patel and others. Who is your favourite among them?
Every celeb is different and has got her style of her own. While Genelia is really funky, Amisha has pretty face and loves cute pinks. Each of them carry themselves very well, so I do not have any favourites as such, because it’s really fun to put together different looks for different people. It’s fun dressing up and creating variety of looks, that’s the best part of part of my job.
Who according to you is best-dressed celeb and who needs a stylist immediately?
I feel Katrina, Deepika and Sonam have extremely good style, but I don’t think there is anyone I can say is worst dressed because everyone nowadays is conscious of his or her image and has a stylist.
Who are the celebs you would like to dress up?
I would love to dress up Kareena in Bollywood and international celebs like Katy Perry, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez and a lot others.
Who the designers you are inspired by?
Manish Arora, Malini Ramani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and lot others.
What’s your fashion forecast for the coming months?
Fashion in the coming season would have more of over-sized clothes, layering in subtle tones. A-lines, flares with pockets would be in. A lot of sea and coral colours would be in.
You have designed for Love you Mr Kalakar but after that we did not hear much about you working for films?
In fact, I have designed for two Hindi and 13 Tamil films. Currently, I am working on the look for Rock the Shaadi starring Genelia and Abhay Deol and there are five other movies for which I will be designing, but I can’t talk about it now.
After Blender’s fashion
event what will you be working on?
Lakmé Fashion Week is coming up in August and I am very busy with that. You shall soon get to what’s there in my ensemble.
How would you describe your label and your personal style?
My style is extremely feminine. I love the pink colour right now and one can find an assortment of bohemian chic apparels — skirts, trousers and shirts with patterns — in my label. My
personal style too is very girly. I love colour blocking on fabrics, love wearing dresses, skirts, maxis and shorts.
Would you like to design for men?
Oh no, I would never do that. I feel too girly and I don’t relate to men’s fashion.
What are the
few things that
make one look
like a diva?
Each woman must have a black dress that she can dress up and dress down. For instance, at work she can tone it
down and keep it simple for partying she can jazz up with accessories and by applying make-up. And a pair of pink heels
is a must-have
as they are