How was your experience at the Blender’s Pride Magic Nights six-city tour?
Oh it was quite an exciting experience. It was the first time I went touring in small cities. I had an absolutely magical time presenting my collection as I got a very good response from the crowd wherever I went. We took fashion to small towns and the best thing was that people in these places readily accepted our collection and appreciated us.
Tell us about the two sequences black, white and grey and the one inspired by tribes. Why did you choose these two themes?
I presented my collection in two sequences. The first was a black, white and grey sequence – that was inspired by the contradictions we face in everyday life that could be interpreted in terms of silhouette, colour and texture. The look and feel was young yet urban and sophisticated. The second was a line inspired by tribes. The colour story was very earthy – red, mustard, olive, cream, rust and beige — comprising the palette. For this collection I researched different tribes of India and was inspired by their artistry. I gave a modern touch to these ethnic prototypes. I used geometric patterns, included phulkari, and leather sequins embroidery. Styling was inspired by tribes big bangles, chunky jewelry. Contemporary wear was given a tribal touch. The silhouette was simple with clean cuts. The collection had a lot of gathered skirts, structured tops and soft draped dresses.
How was it working with Neha Dhupia as a showstopper?
Neha understands fashion very well. She is from the fashion industry and she always tries to evolve herself.
Your designs have described as minimal and edgy using traditional patterns in a contemporary manner. Could you throw light into it?
Personally I love to work with India fabrics like chanderi, cotton, silk, georgettes and love to blend them with leather, use 3D cutout textures and contemporise zardozi. I like using traditional art and craft techniques, but in a contemporary manner, I like it classy and quirky. I like to render great fit, finish and form as well as pay attention to detail and construction. I feel they are all important elements of designer clothing. I like off beat pattern cutting techniques and like to work upon surface textures.
You have showcased you collection Wills Fashion Week and other major shows? Which according to you has been your best work?
The most memorable work is the Fightercock collection, which my husband designer Abhishek Gupta and I bring out together. We call it so because we tend to disagree and fight every time we are working on the designs (laughs). But then at the end of the day it is fun and has clothes both for men and women. It is a fun street-wear collection. I even cherish the collection called Shantaram that was inspired by Rajastani culture. Fiama Di Wills fashion show too was great.
If given a chance which celebrity or person would you like to dress up?
I would love to design for Bjork a singer from Iceland, Saif Ali Khan and all the young actresses in Bollywood.
Tell us about your personal style.
Style according to me is very personal and one should go by parameters of comfort. Personally, I love to sport a very casual and easygoing look.
Who are you favourite designers?
I love Suneet Varma and Rajesh Pratap Singh’s designs. I find all the Japanese designers to be very talented.
What are your quick-fix style tips?
An LBD, a big bag, a beautiful piece of jewellery, high heels and nice pair of glares.
What’s in this season?
This fashion season is trendy. Since it’s monsoon go for lighter fabric like chiffon and go for bright and bubby hues. Tunics, churidar with A-line kurtas are in.
Designing apart what else you like doing?
I love watching plays, listening to music and spending time with my daughter Sara.
What next for you?
At present, I am focusing on Wills Fashion Week. I have designed for men and would like to do of it in future.