I’m so excited writing about this, that I think I need to get on a plane, PRONTO! So welcome aboard- this is part 2 of your Summer Trends read that is all about “Airport Style”. I bet you’re almost travel ready and while you think of mimosas, sand and waters… please remember the journey is something to bear in mind too. Yes, that freezing plane and swollen feet. And while you must be comfy AF, don’t be sloppy! So, I thought I’ll break down the so-called “Airport Looks” depending on your mood or personality or whatever. Basically, it’s called “travel in style”. Okay then…. get your read on!
BOSS BABE: Yes, there is such a thing as Boss Babe. Basically, you’re a control freak and you relate to “woke up like this” kind of vibe. Essentially, you like to command: and that’s your style statement. And if you’re absolutely and truly “boss babe”, you are never looking out of place. Not.One.Bit.
AFFABLE ARTIST: Creative, Cool, Candid. If this is what describes you best- you’re artistic and affable. Hopefully 😉 Making a style statement is the easiest thing for you- because you are fun and it reflects in at least one element you have on. Non, mademoiselle?
THE CHILLER: And there is one- who is too cool to be schooled (in terms of styling). If you are every bit “the chiller”, you don’t overthink your outfits. You pull out what you are most comfortable in and work the heck out of it. It’s not just the clothes that speak your “chiller vibe”, it’s your attitude.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY: As much as you love fashion, you are experimental to suit your social needs. From one look to another, from classy to sassy, you are every bit “butterfly”- pretty and poised.
Alright then… that’s a wrap. I could actually do tonnes of airport looks but you know what- to each his own. So choose your style and work it like no other! Safe Travels 🙂
Cannes has just wrapped up and I have indulged (yet again) in a virtual fashion feast. While there were some obvious hits, there were some that were hits that I believe you missed. Why? Because people are biased. And, I’m not. Mostly not. Okay sometimes… zip it ODD-CAT!
Before we dive into some of my fav looks from Cannes, let me tell you, there were some fiery reds and RED is what you must include in your wardrobe staple list. Maybe, I should do wardrobe staples soon. Ok, later on that. Now scroll below from Cannes Cans!
1.Bella Hadid G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S! I can’t emphasize enough on how Ah-Mazing she looked in this red Roberto Cavalli that was amplified with the simplicity of the hair, make-up & accessories. Simple, Strong, Sexy!
2.Aja Naomi King
There’s something about dusky skin and pastel colors that oozes oomph like no other. Naomi in this Zac Posen was an absolute delight. Sleek bun, classy jewels and showing décolletage without showing too much. Know what I mean? Love this look.
This Indian beauty has quite a few “stop and stare” looks but wowed me the most was her look in Dundas. Ivory gown with a BIG BLACK BOW, sleek ponytail, shimmer jewels and bold eyes! Less is more they say but when More is More (done right), it is nothing but TOP-NOTCH and goes down in history kind of a look. Yup. You heard that right.
Doing mirror and shimmer, jumpsuit and train…. Hello Glam Girl! You have nailed it in Rami Kadi. This is something I will wear in a heartbeat.
H.E.R look is not about what clothes she is wearing. It’s more about the attitude she is wearing. And if you know fashion well, you’ll most certainly know that 99% of the times (actually 100%) is about how you’re working a look, than just wearing a look. Having said that, not taking away credit for working the heck out of Giambattista Valli x H&M gown. Round sunglasses, accessorized center-parting and “go bold or go home” curly locks were totally drool-worthy.
If you’re bringing vintage to red-carpet, it better be impactful. And that’s exactly what Elle Fanning brought to Cannes. Her macramé hat was a “genius” addition to the Agent Provocateur shirt and Dior tulle skirt. The blonde wavy bob, red lips. Kiss! Kiss!
Coco Chanel’s famous quote: “A girl should be two things- classy & fabulous” is what Zhang Ziyi is channeling in this Givenchy Haute Couture. Every bit delicate, she has epitomized “classic” & “beauty” here.
Bringing beach to red-carpet with elegance. This Richard Quinn column dress with tulle train is not for your average taste. Again, attitude is key here and that’s what we get aplenty with Winnie. You go girl!
So this was my “short & sweet” round up of Cannes 2019. TBH, I did have a few more favs but they were Cannes Cannes per say. I love them and will perhaps include them in another fashion post. Okay bye! This has been hard to write with kids monkeying around in the background.
A day that
celebrates motherhood… ideally that should be every day but come on, if mums weren’t
our punching bags, our cuddly hugs or our master chefs- we really won’t give
them some extra love on a particularly special day! (My mum is still my sponge.
She absorbs all my good, bad and ugly.. I mean there is Mr. Husband too but we
don’t have “spouse day”. Thank God!)
are fathers but mothers are always EXTRA! If you are a mum and you know what it
really is to be a mum -like, in my case. I’m perpetually harping about being
one because I now know what it is to take s*** and still be selfless. There, I
said it (honest, I Know. Lol)
Moving on… Since we are talking about celebrating Mother’s Day and our oh-so special mums, I wanted to tell y’all about yummy mummies.
First of all, it has nothing to do with food. Secondly, yummy mummy is not about being skinny or about perfect all the time! Okay? Are we clear? Good. (Don’t let reality TV fool you).
So then, who is a yummy mummy? Literally, every mummy! It takes a lot (and I mean ALOT) to be a mom. Going through that 9-month period of weight gain, hormonal changes, mood swings and my god- sleepless nights. Not finding a comfy position to sleep in, constant bathroom trips- hello TB! (tiny bladder all of a sudden), sudden panic attacks to name a few.. urgh.
And just when you have popped (after an insane amount of pain and discomfort- hello labour), you realize pregnancy was easier. Breast feeding, constantly crying baby, pain in the stitches… Do I really need to go on? Isn’t this reason enough for every mummy to be a yummy one?
Now that we have established that , there’s one disconnect. Dressing well! Kudos to you, if you have managed to drop the post baby weight and if you haven’t, don’t let it get the better of you. Seriously, it isn’t the end of the world. Rather embrace yourself. I wont lie, it took me a while to get there myself.. and I promise you, Kareena Kapoor Khan did too!
So here it goes :
Wear your size- There’s no point squeezing into something two sizes smaller and looking like you’re stuck in a wrong plastic bag.
It doesn’t have to be a tent– Yes, I know “oversized fashion” is cool (I do it a lot) but not every body type can work it. And also, oversized fashion is one thing and wrong size is another.
Groom, groom, groom! – Find that time to take care of yourself. We all have days when our hair isn’t perfect, our nail paint might be chipped or our eyebrows overgrown. But, I’m talking about hygiene. Look clean! And hey, there’s make-up to make you glow. Mums don’t always have the time for facials and face-masks 😉
Eat right and work out – First of all, a disclaimer here. This one has little to do with losing weight and becoming a Victorias Secret model overnight and more to do with endorphins and the feel good factor. Lets face it, kids are stressy. Which leads to stress eating (basically everything). DON’T. Remember to get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients in your body for the extra energy you now require. Also make sure to take a few hours out every week to hit the gym (or the mat, or really, whatever form of exercise you enjoy). It is SO important to get that ‘me time.’ It shows on your skin, hair and in general, all round demeanor.
A glass of wine– This one is pretty self explanatory. Please, you’re human. Cut yourself some slack. I am not talking tequila shots at 4 am, but seriously. Go for it.
Love yourself– this is probably the most important one. Lets face it, there is cellulite. You have stretch marks. There are a few scars here and there. Love them and yourself. Your body will probably never be like it was at 21 again (I am talking about the inside too) but hey! You’re a tigress. You’ve earned those stripes. Be proud. Of course, there are always medical treatments available and if it really is that important to you, look into that too. Do what you love!
Okay so I am signing off here now. Do write in, tell me what you think and share some tips.
The only thing that keeps me happy in summer is Ice Cream & Retail Therapy (online preferably). A lot of people look forward to summer not because they love the sun (in India, not many people do) but they love summer vacays. So, I have decided to break this post into three parts- this is part 1 (duh!) where I talk about the trends that are worth your while and part 2 (coming soon) where I show you the much talked about “airport looks” and part 3 (coming later) how to travel light & right.
We don’t take heavy luggage; we bring it back- if you know what I mean.
Anyway, stop yapping and start scrolling!
#Trend Alert 1: Dress Over Pants
We all love ourselves some short summer dresses but what takes it a notch higher is- dressing over pants. It is so chic and cuts you some slack on “keep your legs together while you sit”. Let’s face it, dresses are feminine and sitting cross legs all day is not always possible. Lol! Rock ‘em over pants and when you’re going from day to night- you can lose ‘em pants. Erm… your call totally!
#Trend Alert 2: The Power of Pink
You really must be living under some rock, if you haven’t seen “pink” everywhere this season. Runway to reality is now easy peasy (lemon squeezy- ya whatever) because all you gotta do is- work some PINK! Honestly, I have never really loved pink as much but the more I see it (or wear it), the more it grows on me. It suits every single skin tone and every single body type. So get yourself a pair of pink pants or a pink top or pink chunky earrings or all of it. Barbie-ing all the way- heck yeah!
#Trend Alert 3: Boiler Suit
There’s something about jumpsuits (and now boiler suits) that is oh-so sexy without showing too much skin. Well, you may… if you’re pulling some “buttchella” from Coachella but I reckon, you put on simple yet solid Boiler Suit and give everyone #newwardrobe goals!
#Trend Alert 4: Slip Dresses
I have been hearing about slip dresses for last couple of years and TBH, the trend never hit home with me- until now. Reason? Now it looks more than a negligee and the variety is yummy! There are so many options available in slip dresses and while you work it sexy, you can work it comfy- by pairing it with sneakers. More inspiration? Create some, I say!
#Trend Alert 5: Animal Print
This one is evergreen to someone like me but if you’re not on board yet, you still have time. It is the literally the easiest way to look “high fashion” without spending a bomb. Just one thing- don’t overdo it if you can’t pull it off. Keep it simple (I rarely say that) by starting with one element- be it a top or the skirt or the pants or maybe on your bag. Take.it.slow.
#Trend Alert 6: Utility Pants
Cool Cat’s go to outfit! Utility pants & a nice tee (or top)! Now, you pair it with chunky sneakers or kitten heels- that depends on your mood. I love wearing Utility Pants with kitten heels because there’s something really attractive about pairing sporty with sexy.
#Trends Alert 7: Chunky Sneakers/ Dad Sneakers
You can love them or you can hate them but you definitely CAN’T ignore them. The first time when they hit “street fashion”, I was a bit on the fence because it looked great on some people and looked rather foolish on some people. But, the more I see it, the more I like it. And for me it’s like heels on steroids! Come on! You got heels, comfort, style and statement- all rolled into one. Gotta love this one. Non, madame?
#Trend Alert 8: Barely there sandals
Literally what it reads. Barely there. Again- you can’t go wrong with bare feet not being bare. Bare feet like we know are sensual and when they look bare without being bare- it’s that right foot-tease for the perfect look. What’s more? It goes with almost anything you wear because hello! it’s bare 😉 PS: You’ll see this as one of the Airport Looks! Yup. I’m catching a plane next time in my barely there’s.
#Trend Alert 9: Headbands
Bad hair days or not- fashion always to the rescue. Tie-up your hair when a bad hair day strikes is kind of passé! Now, you just wear headbands & look glam! So, it’s not just your immediate cure for bad hair day- basically now it’s every day hair thing. I mean- why colour those tresses when you can just wear colored bands with knots and puffs! Ok fine, go colour them if that’s your thing but do wear a headband, sometime! Okay? 🙂
Come back for more! Does 1st May work for you? Holla back.
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex & The City) once said “shopping is my cardio” and that became almost every girl’s motto in real life.
Yes, shopping on reel turned shopping in real. And here I am, bringing you April’s fav cardio. There are bunch of exhibitions and I reckon you plan your calendar better and also your budget. It has happened to me so many times that I go overboard shopping at one particular exhibition and then kind of feel guilty about going to the next one. Such shopping excursions made me realize that I need to mark my calendar and prioritize my shopping lists. Yes, I’m a shopaholic but not a dumb one. Or let’s say, I’m trying to feel less guilty 😉
3rd April 2019: Pop-Up by Jalsa (curated by Timsy Anand) at Hyatt Regency, Delhi (11am onwards) Their line-up looks very boho with young, new designers on board. More of light, Indian-wear kind of stuff, traditional jewels and a hint of western here & there.
10th Apr 2019: Runway Rising (curated by Ramola Bachhan) at The Ashoka Hotel, Delhi (11am onwards) If you’re attending any summer weddings, you can go to this one and be in an Indian-Wear Arcade- clothing, jewelry and other accessories.
10th Apr 2019: LMNOP at Hyatt Regency, Delhi (10am to 8pm) This one’s a children’s paradise. Cutest kids’ clothing, furniture, shoes, accessories, utensils etc. You name it, they got it. Not the one to miss if you’re always decorating your kids or kids’ room or kids’ kitchen.
13th Apr-14th Apr 2019: Lawn Suits Exhibition, IBAAS, K-22 Lajpat Nagar, Delhi (11am to 8pm) TBH, I have never been to one of these exhibitions but if you are the kinds who like suits (salwar kameez in various styles) in summer, you should hop by!
16th Apr 2019: The Stock Market (curated by Shubhra Jain) at Hyatt Regency, Delhi (11am to 8pm) If you like your designers especially when they come at incredible discounts, this one should be your must-visit. And FYI, their designer line-up is pretty fab, ranging from big names to not so big ones and ranging from Western Wear to Indian Wear to Fusion Wear. I reckon this one is better than most. Maybe because, I had found great buys for my bae last year!
24th Apr 2019: Yellow Blossom, The Ashoka Hotel, Delhi (11am to 7pm) Usually not held on a very large scale, this one is well curated. Offering good variety in clothing and accessories and stationery, it is worth a visit.
Phew! It’s quite a list just for April. My 2 cents: choose your exhibitions wisely 🙂
edition of filmfare awards concluded and I thought of talking about some of my
favs at the ceremony. But, I was disappointed coz there wasn’t much to write
home about. Rekha, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bacchan, Shilpa Shetty, Jacqueline
Fernandes gave it a miss and I was kind of looking forward to seeing their
looks. Nevertheless, let’s see who kind of made it to ODD-CAT’s books?
DEEPIKA PADUKONE She is a stunner anyway because good looks, style, personality, poise- she is everything! Rare but there. Wearing an Alberta Ferreti tux torso gown, she once again set ablaze the red carpet for me. Everyone is like- oh we expect more from her blah blah… but you know what, she was by far my fav!
ALIA BHATT Everyone’s sweetheart looked every bit delicious, delicate and dazzling! She wore a Ralph & Russo gown and it was more than perfect for her, bringing out a whole of sheer romance! I’m blowing kisses :* :*
ATHIYA SHETTY There’s something about the tan skin that glows effervescently in lime green & beige. This gown with pockets from Bibhu Mohapatra was spot on for her. She is totally working it with a low ponytail and diamonds! Shine on, girl!
CHITRANGADA SINGH She epitomizes Indian beauty for me. Wearing an off-white MaisonYeya, she was bold & beautiful and a little bit extra with those curls grazing her collar bones. So much love <3
VAANI KAPOOR A metallic jumpsuit with a cowl neckline and floor length jacket in the same metallic tone was a unique pick. Often spotted in Nikhil Thampi outfits, she is one of the few who pulls it off! A befitting muse, may I say?
MRUNAL THAKUR Smouldering! Dare I say, she beat some of the better actors in the industry with her outing this time around. Wearing a shimmery Karen Millen with slick hair & bold lip, she nailed it! A lesson in glamour- achievable & assertive!
DIANA PENTY Doll-like & dynamite. She made ruffles & pleats & volume look so darn easy yet glamorous! Side parted-ponytail, barely there sandals- she made this tricky Dolly J gown look very wearable & wow.
There were so many others from Bollywood but TBH from me- this is it! Deflating because the list is short. And you know what’s worse? Sonam Kapoor wasn’t on my best-dressed list L
Here’s hoping, we will get more from Bollywood 🙂 Happy Monday y’all!
Oh yes, it’s time to step up your game, style game! Summer is upon us and amp-ing up without breaking into a sweat is no mean feat. So, here’s your accessory for the season that will give you that unique edge. Remember the rule: own it like you mean it. Styling is a lot about attitude so work that “queen bee” swag. And yes, headpieces work better with western wear! See for yourself.
LOOK 1 The first look I’m wearing a headpiece with a western outfit. It’s more like a day or sundowner kind of look. If this headpiece is a bit much for you, get a daintier one. But for me, bigger the better.
LOOK 2 The second look is edgier because we have given Mohawk a new avatar. It could have been worn both horizontally and vertically. I prefer the Mohawk style because it’s “out there” and edgy.
LOOK 3 The third look is “too glam to give a damn”! Almost like crowning glory and I reckon- it takes a lot to carry it off. The first time I wore it, I got many stares (not necessarily in a good way) but you know what- I was “too glam to give a damn” 😉
LOOK 4 Turbans are now finding its ground in the fashion scene. It’s the easiest way to turn around blah into blow-up! I work ‘em turbans quite a bit now and think these are kind of foolproof.
LOOK 5 This one is simple yet stylish. A casual dress, sneakers & turban. When street style is achievable and not redundant, turban to the rescue!
Fringes are fun! Simply, because it creates a Happy Mood & great dance moves. And there are multiple ways you can wear them. Long, short, colourful or not. It can be a part of your western look, traditional look or fusion look. It’s versatile and looks good on EVERYONE. So shall we get them swinging?
Look 1: Colorful “fringe” sweatshirt I wore it with high-waist pants in black because I wanted the colors of the fringes to pop. A top-knot and kitten heels completed the look. Easy breezy!
Look 2: Fringe Pants
The pants have fringes on its sides so I paired it with a slightly shimmery top and knotted it. Gold oxfords (matching my top) and a top-knot (again) made for a super comfy #ootn. Dancing all night long with no sore feet (lower the heel, less tired you feel).
Look 3: Fringe Jacket
Wearing a sleeveless gold-fringed jacket. This one is fringe heavy so I’m glad this was sleeves-free! Paired them with balloon pants and again tiny heels. Kept hair in a sleek low ponytail and let the jacket shine! Works as a western look as well as fusion.
Some pro tips for Fun Fringing:
Try and keep fringes limited to one item of the whole look. It could be on your clothing, or your bag, or any one accessory.
Let fringes be the highlight of your look. If you really want to work those fringes, it’s best to avoid anything over-powering in your outfit.
Sleek hairdos are safe. When sporting fringes, it helps keeping your hair simple- a top-knot or sleek ponytail!
Have fun with fringes!
Okay then, enjoy your fringes and bust some killer dance moves. Have a fun night y’all!
Bonjour! C’est la post du Fashion Week parce que je l’aime. Ah non! This is not a French post but a post on Paris Fashion Week. I got a bit carried away because my heart and soul is has virtually visited Paris Fashion Week and I can’t live à New Delhi any more. Also, I wanted to show off (or not) my French language skills. Lol!
Moving on… Let me tell you this post will require a book publishing because there’s so so so much I want to write about. But, I’m cutting it shorter (heart sinks) because no one has the patience to scroll and love like I do! Or wait, instead of capturing designer wise, let me write about the trends to watch our for this fall. How about that?
Trend #1- Monochrome: I love this trend because it’s timeless and easy to work. And when designers like Jacquemus and Elie Saab are giving lessons, you’ve got to listen. FYI- Jacquemus is in my #crushyou category for more reasons than one.
Elie Saab FW’19
Trend #2- Box Checks: A timeless classic, thanks to the evergreen LVMH. Coming strong in various colour combinations, this one is looking chic and edgy at the same time. Get your checks on!
Off White FW’19
Trend #3- Knee-Grazing Pants: Knee-length or slightly below or slightly above, this one is not for everyone. However, if you can work this, you are going from day to night or high-street to high-fashion in no time. Give it a go! Pair with tucked in or semi-tucked in shirts with block heels and wear a cool hat. A total winner in ODD-CAT’s books.
Miu Miu FW’19
Haider Ackermann FW’19
Trend #4- Overlays: Reminiscent of the Victorian era, overlays are for everyone. There are so many ways to work this trend- over dresses, over jeans, over everything you own. Everyday overlays are fab; think jeans, tee and a long overlay dress! You’ll never a dull moment with this one.
Elie Saab FW’19
Trend #5- Belted: A huge comeback this one! Again, you need to know your body type to make this one shine. If you’re a plus size, I’d reckon you stick to skinny belts (or even chain mails), if you’re an hourglass, any belt works for you accentuating a narrow waist and if you’re let’s say skinny b**** (haha), the bigger, the better! Give us a shout, if you want help with this.
Trend #6- “Cape” town: So we have all worn capes but this fall, the longer the better is the case. And I think it’s very wearable and very cool. Think long capes, skinny jeans (or leggings) and thigh-high boots. Who said only superheroes came with capes? All our super-women can rock them too.
Elie Saab FW’19
Miu Miu FW’19
Trend #7- Utility Pants: When comfort and style go hand-in-hand, it is everyone’s fav. And I’m certain, most of you will be leaning towards this one. Again, it works for most body types. You can wear it with a tee or a blouse or a jumper or a cropped jacket. And you can work it as brunch look or girls night out look or even a party look. I recently pulled this one for a party look and I had compliments falling in left, right, center! So get one, pronto!
Stella McCartney FW’19
Trend #8- Boiler Suit: If jumpsuits, were your thing, then boiler suit is a friendlier cousin to that one. No hassles coming in and out of this one, sister. Ready, set, suit!
Off White FW’19
Trend #9- Tux so luxe: ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!! I needn’t say more and leave you to it. But let me tell you this- when you rock one, you’ll be dialing up hot & chic 100 notches, atleast. Take my word for it and get your glam on!
Alexander McQueen FW’19
Trend #10- Cool Hatter: Hats, hats and more hats this fall. The best accessory, I would say. No bad hair days, no blow-dries, no hair dos! Just put the hat on and you’re all set. My quick-tip: add the turban to this hat season.
Louis Vuitton FW’19
Trend #11- “Bow”ler: Be a bow-ler and give feminism a new twist. Bows have always been the girly girl thing, but you know what, it always bring the cool cat vibe. So wear the bow even on-the-go. See how!
Comme Des Garcons FW’19
Elie Saab FW’19
Trend #12- Oversized: Again, this one has been around for a while and by now you know how to make it work. A little tip though: oversized doesn’t mean clumsy frumpy. While, it’s great to hide ‘em flaws, do it in style and not like it’s not your size. Inspiration enclosed 🙂
Trend #13- Layering: So bloggers all over the world and are telling us that how layering helps them stand out in the crowd. But, this can go terribly wrong, if you haven’t had a lesson or two in this. And sadly though, it’s not for everyone!
Trend #14: Power of Pink: It’s the colour, every fashionista is swearing by and truly there’s a unique power of pink. Gradutated from Barbie dolls to power haul! I say- wear ‘em pink y’all.
Phew! That was the round-up on trends from Paris Fashion Week. And TBH, there’s so much more. I have more favs, in terms of my fav looks, fav designers, etc… but let’s just wrap here. Holler me, if you need more styling advice.
ODD-CAT believes in the philosophy of celebration. I celebrate not just festivals / occasions but also people who are admirable and inspirational in more ways than one. It’s Women’s Day and I couldn’t think of a better day to express how I overwhelmed I am, thinking of the women who not only have accomplished but also inspired. The very first person who comes to my mind is my mum (no surprises here) who has made me who I am today and also set an example of a brave woman in my life. Truly, standing up for what’s right and expressing her thoughts no matter what day or age it may have been. Also, she is part reason to why I am ODD-CAT. From my childhood, I remember- I would love to dress up and will perpetually drive her crazy over my clothes etc. All she would say to me was- wear whatever you want to wear, as long as you carry it! This kind of stayed with me to an extent that I would OVERDRESS and then work the hell outta it!
Shruti Kapur Malhotra (Editor-in-chief: Platform Magazine) Editor of a “one of a kind” talent magazine that also shares the same philosophy of “recognizing & celebrating” people!
We asked her a few questions that give us an insight into her “beautiful mind”.
Describe your journey as a magazine editor of a talent magazine. It’s exciting, challenging and extremely inspiring.
Who would you pick as “new talent on the block” in the world of women? Any genre. Avani Rai, Photographer, Shubhangi Swarup, Writer
What is your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share. I stand for ethical and responsible artistic and individual practices and extend my support to the #metoo movement.
Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Don’t really have a style icon. My personal style leans more towards comfort and functionality. However, I like to add that one twisted/ unassuming element to the look.
Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I am a design addict who has enjoyed a prolific innings in the world of aesthetics. In the world of fashion, ahead of the time, I founded the first ever India born kids wear label Li’l Tomatoes. 2015, with BollyGoods, I found yet another creative bastion in bringing tinsel town to the capital city like never before.
Describe your journey as a woman- a curator, singer and photographer: a woman of many talents. I am a trained singer of classical and popular Indian music whose performing career is expanding. I produced a contemporary version of Vande Mataram– Re Strung bringing home a strong gender message that “Mother, through you we become men of tomorrow”. The single was launched by Universal Music and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Artist Aloud, Airtel, Vodafone etc. I have now taken on photography and exploring the world (through my lens), Kumbh being the latest.
What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share? I have been a strong woman from the very beginning and did not ever have to bend forward for any favors. God has been great. But having said that, this movement has certainly raised awareness among women about their rights as individuals in the work place or outside and helped men understand the consequences of the same. Only when we have strong characters and stand up for our rights, will justice prevail.
Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Anaita Shroff Adajania & Sarah Jessica Parker. My Style – Comfortable, Boho; Mix & Match and make my own statement.
Mamta Agarwal (Designer, Label: Designs by M)
Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I am a Fashion Designer and run a design studio in Delhi, doing mostly Indian Wear & Fusion Wear for Women & now kids.
Describe your journey as a woman- from a daughter to a wife to a mom and back to being a daughter. I know you have made some life choices and would love to know how it defines you, now. My journey hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it. From being a li’l rebel to being a fulfilled woman, it has been a roller coaster to say the least. I have always followed my dreams whether it was studying subjects of my choice (Fashion Graduate from Pearl Academy of Fashion, MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management) or running a small design studio that was a 40km self-driven trek (with 2 tiny toddlers) or donating an organ to my father. It has always been challenging but extremely fulfilling, to say the least. However, my toughest times were recuperating after I (willingly and happily) donated a kidney to my ailing father. The surgery was successful for my dad and I, but what came after was a blow! Not prepared for never-ending physio sessions to hormonal imbalances to constant medical tests, it was physically and emotionally draining. But, thanks to my spiritual leanings in Guruji & Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, I have battled it all, showing the power of manifestation. There’s not a dream I haven’t fulfilled- latest being my meeting with Mr. Amitabh Bacchan. I met him not as a fan but as Mamta Agarwal, a proud organ donor who is inspiring lives.
What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share. I am totally in support of the #metoo movement. I believe it’s very important for all women to make a mark of their own and it’s not easy looking at the roles we play as a woman. However, we should come out and support each other and celebrate womanhood. About sharing an incident- I remember, as a child, my only scare was not to get raped (naturally so, looking at the state of our society). But, my mom- being a strong woman, taught me to be one. Once, I had gone to a gold links mela. I must have been around 11 or 12 years old and this guy came beside me and touched me from behind. I was scared and was crying when my aunt asked me what was going on. I told her about this slimy fellow behind us and she turned around and slapped him hard across his face. Later, she told me to do the same thing and not be scared of such perverts. In my growing years, my brother and my mom would tell me how safety is important and how I must be strong and look after myself. Today, I have a teenage daughter and I have inculcated the same values into her- of being strong, independent and never being defeated.
Who is your favorite style icon? And what’s tour personal style like? My most fav style icon is Sonam Kapoor and my friend, Aanchal (not saying this because she’s featuring me in this), the founder of ODD-CAT. I have always loved the way she dresses up and carries herself in whatever she wears. My personal style is simple, elegant and comfortable. I love dressing up for myself on a daily basis. I am dressed for the work and use make up daily to look the part. I think dressing up for me is an extension to myself. I had got custom hospital gowns/ sleep sets for myself post surgery because I didn’t want to look and feel like a patient. Talk about obsession with style. And finally, my biggest secret to look good and feel good is meditation.
Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I have been the creative food head at Cremica Foods. Developed all sauces and condiments for 15 years. Had bakery passion and continued to work on that too. Successfully ran a home bakery in Punjab for many years.
Did you at any point want to give up? If yes, how did you push forward? I moved to Delhi from Punjab, 10 years back and almost gave up work as settling in took time. Also, the fear of bigger city and making a mark here looked daunting. Coaxing from my kids made me give it a try and that’s how Zoet came about. The happy customer feedback keeps us trying to better ourselves. And, we are growing.
What’s your take on #metoo movement in India? Any story/ incident you’d like to share? I hope that sharing and standing together with many has helped women become stronger.
Who is your favorite style icon? What’s your personal style like? Favorite style icons are many- from Audrey Hepburn to Madonna to both my mothers to many more. My take back from them is whatever you wear, wear it with confidence, because that’s what gets projected not the clothes, they are always no.2. Personally, I’m best in edgy but comfy clothes!
Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I have been very fortunate to have lived a life filled with diversity & intercultural experiences having grown up in the Middle East and studied and worked in the US & India. This has given me best friends all over the world and an intrinsic nomadic spirit which has only been further fuelled by a very loving, crazy and absolutely rock solid family😍. I am a strong believer that a well defined purpose is really all we can own and that ultimately becomes our security blanket . I attempt this through our intellectual property ‘The Bespoke Woman’. My hobbies include writing, travelling to quaint places, cooking for my family and friends and eating good food.
Did you ever at any point think to give up? I have never wanted to give up on my profession. However, there was a time when I needed to slow down a little bit to realign our strategy and modus operandi.
What’s take on #Metoo movement in India? Is there any story you would like to share? It is a bold movement that I support wholeheartedly. There should be a structured, swift punishment to anyone found guilty. Cases shouldn’t drag on either as it takes its toll on the victims/survivors and all matter is lost. I have not had such an experience & I truly empathise with any individual who has. If I did encounter an individual who made an unparliamentary move, I would ensure severe punishment for the perpetrator and make them incapable of even thinking in a twisted manner, leave alone making a physical move.
Who is your personal style icon? Any style tips and your personal style? My three biggest style icons are Sushmita Sen, Salma Hayek and Meryl Streep. Flatter your assets but also be comfortable. My personal style is very elegantly sexy but definitely comfortable.
Tell us a bit about yourself- your profession & life interests. I work with clients to transform the way organisations work in today’s digital age and am truly passionate about people matters and the intersection of technology and human behaviour. Other interests include music, travelling and calligraphy.
Did you ever at any point want to give up? Yes – excess work hours and nonstop travel made didn’t let me focus on myself, family or friends! I am constantly making a conscious effort to bring in a balance.
What is your take on me too in india? Any story you would like to share? First time women (and men) came together in one voice but the campaign needs to sustain itself to truly bring change. Multiple stories to share – name calling on the way to school, autodrivers/Uber Driver’s making inappropriate remarks and looking at places they have no business to, being groped by a random man at the age of 8 in a random delhi market to name a few.
Who is your personal style icon? Any style tips and your personal style? Deepika Padukone – keep it simple and classy! Highlight one thing and one thing at a time only – for example, either go for strong eyes or heavy lips. Similarly, keep the clothes simple and go for one contrasting accessory – for me it’s typically some sort of jewellery.
Celebrating people is a complete joy. More so, when we are talking about women who are always putting their best foot forward. Happy Women’s Day y’all! Keep Shining.