Current profession? & any advice for people wanting to get into this profession?
“I’ve been freelancing as a make-up hair & fashion stylist for over five years now, with fashion blogging and modeling in the background. However, I’m currently studying Fashion Design Technology (Womenswear) at the London College of Fashion and that is what will eventually grow to take the front seat in what I do.”
“Advice wise, whatever it is that you decide to do, do it with passion or not at all. A lot of people, surprisingly, misunderstand working in fashion to be very easy but believe me, it NOT! If you genuinely have the drive and know this is what you want, embrace it, hone your skills, continually inform yourself and you’ll be sure to excel. If you don’t, however, well then don’t bother.”
Which city inspires your style?
“The sophistication comes from Paris, the simplicity from Milan, the practicality from New York and the edge from London.”
Who’s your favorite British designer?
“Well, there’re quite a few, as Britain has produced some of the biggest talents the world has ever seen. However, if I had to pick one of my current favorites– I would have to say Gareth Pugh.”
Who’s your favorite Indian designer?
“I don’t think there’s anybody in India that does it better than Falguni & Shane Peacock… yet.”
What places do you recommend to shop in London?
“Oxford Street is great for high-street shopping while Bond Street is great for the high-end. For retro/vintage/arsty lovers, Brick Lane/East London is an amazing place to find things you might like.”
What do you splurge on?
“Well, I see fashion as an investment and hence splurge on whatever it is that I buy. However, I do have a soft corner for shoes.”
Can you show us your current favorite item in your closet?
What is your advice for people who are afraid to express their style?
“Fashion, really, is the biggest and probably the only means to express your identity as an individual concerning what is within or what you might like being perceived of you in the public sphere. If you let social/cultural norms or anything for that matter bound your right of self-expression, there’s really nothing sadder than that. Do what makes you happy and not others because at the end of the day, life is short and you deserve to give yourself the best!”
Do you prefer British boys or Indian boys?
“Hahaha. I’m not quite picky concerning race because you could have a living God in India, Britain, Africa or anywhere for that matter. I like models –- if you’re tall, chiseled, gorgeous and (most importantly) a nice person– holla!”
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