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October 22, 2017

Best Dressed 2017: Smita Khanna And Her Easy Work Wear Silhouettes

Text and Interview by Saumya Sinha. Photograph by Shubham Lodha

“Culturally, character judgement is shaped by our external appearances. This is particularly extreme and perverse for women”

Architect, Interior Designer and Co-founder at Note D; Mumbai

A peek into your wardrobe
A surprising (new) affinity towards white.

Dressing to feel powerful and feminine
To be able to communicate clearly and effectively one needs to be comfortable. I try to dress as comfortable as possible within the ‘uniform’ of the occasion.

Newly discovered label
Atlantique Ascoli.

Restrictions on style, being an Indian or a resident of India
Yes, all the time. Culturally, character judgement is shaped by our external appearances. This is particularly extreme and perverse for women. Instead of getting better, we seem to be regressing in this respect – this is not solely limited to ‘suggestive’ clothing anymore, but extends to aspirational dressing as well.

Pet peeves
Short trousers where the hems don’t touch the floor.

Style icons
Old Parsi ladies of Cusrow Baug.

A style experiment you want to master
Slippers to formal events.

Dress code at work
Disguised comfort clothing.

Influence of an architectural movement or design on your style
The idea of ‘paper architects’ especially from the ’80s and ’90s. These designers created amazing theoretical projects that wouldn’t see the light of day. I love this idea for fashion as well. Ideas of the ‘fantastic’ that weren’t about responding purely or necessarily to function, ‘in’ fashion or aesthetic. They would somehow respond to contemporary culture and context.

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