Photographs by Akash Mehta. Styling and Text by Hina Oomer-Ahmed. Make-up and hair by Meghna Butani
The most striking thing about Koel Purie is her incredible energy. This is reflected in every part of her life beginning with her home which is a palette of bright blues, pinks and reds. Recovering from an all-night shoot for her latest film, Koel is her effervescent self, chatting about how shuttling between London, Mumbai, Delhi and Goa, when she has some time off has become a way of life for her. Currently working on editing her own film, preparing for the release of Amal, at the London International Film Festival and shooting for Farhan Akhtar’s Rock On, Koel Purie’s on a roll this year. And that’s just the way she likes it
Yellow harem pants, from the streets of Goa; metallic bikini top, from Mexico; gold beaded necklace, from Brazil.
“This is me at my truest self and this is how I love to dress. I’ve always been an exhibitionist; where clothes are concerned, less is more.”
White and gold dress, by Malini Ramani; sequinned gold wedges, from Catwalk Shoes, Mumbai.
“When in doubt, I go to Malini Ramani. Her clothes, I can wear just off the rack.”
Grey skirt, worn as a dress, by Niharika Khan; pink boots, from New York.
“My pink rain boots are my most sensible buy; last monsoon they saved me from puddles and flooded streets. Even though everyone laughs at them, I know they all secretly want them.”
Black shorts, from London; black halter top, borrowed from best friend Nauheed Cyrusi.
“I love wearing solid colours, especially lots of black. But I’m never in all black; I’ll always add a little peck of colour somewhere.”
White cotton halter dress, by Koel Purie, with help from local tailor.
“I think I was actually born in the wrong era. I should have been born in the ’60s, I’m a flower power girl and love the comfortable and flowing clothes of that time that had so much sex appeal.”