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October 21, 2010

India’s Best Dressed List 2010

Text by Sohiny Das. Interviews by Shirin Mehta and Sohiny Das. Realisation by Nirali Mehta and Lamya Bhatri. Photographed by prasad naik, Vishal Kullarwar (Mumbai), Amit Dey (New Delhi)

It is that time of the year again. Verve’s annual Hall of Fame for the nation’s sartorially spectacular ladies is a celebration of their admirable effort, and effortless style. Perennials and newbies unite in this compilation of the best wardrobes in the country

Twinkle Khanna
For tweaking classics in a measured experimental approach

Signature style
Tailored feminine.

Current fashion phase
“Having fun mixing clashing prints.”

Favourite labels
Known to mix and match, but Hervé Leger, Missoni and Dolce & Gabbana remain favourites.

Closet staples
Pencil dresses and skirts, white shirts, ruffled blouses.

Accessory alert
Large retro shades. Bag junkie – from neutral Bottega Veneta clutches to bright Hermès Birkins to animal printed Lanvin totes.

Big passions
“Interior design, yoga and riding my scooter.”

Precious inheritances
“My mom’s Abu Sandeep saris and hopefully her great genes.”

Personal stylist
“My eight-year-old, who gives me a thumbs up or thumbs down!”

Anamika Khanna
For being the best fashion muse for her own house

Signature style
“I go through phases. But I’m essentially always understated, almost casual… always very feminine. I like to mix my personal items with brands. I can be Bohemian, very soft, very structured but elegant at all times. At the moment, I’m going through a high-waisted, slightly structured phase, but will probably get out of it soon.”

Accessory overload
Shoes. “I don’t want to know how many pairs I have! It is not just me, it’s all women!”

Sartorial inheritance
“A chain with emerald drops, a vintage piece that was handed down to me – I am extremely sentimental about it. Then there is a bag from my maternal grandfather’s collection; I guard it with my life. It’s black velvet and totally beautiful.”

Big moment
“That would be my mundu sari moment, accessorised with Indian jewels. Actually, I look best in Indian clothes.”

Icons
“Alexander McQueen’s demise has been a personal loss to me – he was a genius who could revolutionise fashion single handedly. Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim are taking fashion to a new direction. For me, a classic would be Rohit Bal. His workmanship, sense of style – whatever he does, it makes me feel like a goddess.”

Shopping hubs
The streets or the chicest boutiques. “Dover Street Market in London is a personal favourite. I like the flea markets in Paris. Most of my shopping happens when I’m travelling.”

Priya Kishore
For being a melting-pot of fashion genres; yet retaining individuality

Current fashion phase
Rainbow Beatnik.

Fashion icons
Tipi Hedren, Grace Jones, Bjork.

Fashion influences/inspirations
“Rummaging through my mum’s Allstar ‘80s wardrobe.”

Fashion destination
Beirut.

Closet staples
Lotus pants by Gheebutter. “I have them in four colours.”

Best impulse buys
“Sky-high Pierre Hardy heels – it was simply love at first sight!”

Big passions
Film and dance.

Prerna Goel
For supporting the cause of comfort in fashion

Current fashion phase
“I don’t like to feel too done up or stiff; I like to be relaxed and mystical.”

Best dressed moment in the past year
New York Fashion Week last year. “So electric and vibrant…one comes alive!”

Favourite labels
“Not limited to one or few. Love them all, but Chanel tops the list.”

Questionable style investments
Frills and polka dots.

Fashion destinations
Paris, New York, Capri, Florence, Goa, London, Hong Kong.

Fashion versus style
“Fashion is for the people who follow but style is for the people who create.”

Age and style
“Age gracefully with style.

Day to night transitions
“From calmness of water to the flash of lightning!”

Favourite fashion eras
The late 1960s and ‘70s.

Fitness and health
“Fitness is a choice, health is a lifestyle.”

Sonam Kapoor
For continuing to assert her credibility as a forerunner of Bollywood’s fashionable elite

Best known for
Her measured quirk in dressing, mixing glamorous with casual. A megawatt smile.

Favourite labels
Chanel, Anamika Khanna, Dior. Often seen mixing high street and designer. Recently spotted in Prabal Gurung, Cue, Alexander Wang, Acne and Topshop, among others.

Closet staples
Short to mid-length dresses. Shift styles, belted numbers, minimalist to girly. Solid hued to printed.

Accessory alert
A variety of clutch purses. Her Lady Dior handbags, and a current leaning towards the Willow bag by Alexander Wang. She is also a self-confessed footwear junkie. “My sister and I love spending money on shoes and bags – not because we want the brand, but because that piece is beautiful to us.” Also seen teaming traditional Indian jewellery with cocktail dresses.

The Aisha debate
The much hyped ‘high fashion’ film did not fare well at the box office; neither did it leave an indelible sartorial impression. Since then, her ‘fashion icon’ status has been much debated over. But there is no denying that Anil Kapoor’s daughter is still leading tinsel-town’s stylish league, in terms of personal style.

Freida Pinto
For learning the Hollywood dressing lessons pat, and making the process look like a cakewalk

Signature style
Measured adventure, leaning towards classic Hollywood. Structured drapes, clean tailoring, lean layering, but always solid hues.

Icons and inspirations
Sushmita Sen, who triggered off Pinto’s desire to be part of the glamour kingdom, when she won the Miss Universe title in 1994.

Stellar sartorial moments
Last year she made it to an international magazine’s list of world’s best dressed women. This year, she made an appearance at the BAFTAs, dressed in Oscar de la Renta couture.

Current favourite labels
With a closet full of global names, she is voicing her preferences for desi designers too.  James Fereira, Nikasha Tawadey, Raakesh Agarvwal and Rohit Bal are favourites.

Current fashion phase
Trendy sportswear; she swears by the Nike Lunar range.

Closet staples
Mid-length dresses for appearances at events and functions. Dark slim-fit jeans. Often seen teaming them up differently – casual or dressy.

Accessories and add-ons
Partial towards peep-toe slingbacks, a variety of clutch purses, jewellery pieces featuring coloured precious stones, her caramel complexion and arm candy Dev Patel.

Skin deep
She has maintained her stance against endorsing whitening/ brightening/fairness products. Regarding her pre-Hollywood modelling jobs, where her agents sent her to audition for fairness commercials, she says, “They always rejected me for the ads, and I’m glad they did.”

Bhawna Sharma
For her confidence, confidence and more confidence – on and off the runways

Current fashion phase
Gypsy androgyny.

Fashion icons
Greta Garbo, Rekha, Madonna, Grace Jones, Farah Fawcett, Twiggy.

Fashion influences/ inspirations
Seventies’ glamour and early ‘80s disco.

Best dressed moment in the past year
“Everyday!”

Favourite apparel brands/labels
Lanvin, Anamika Khanna, Manish Arora, James Fereira, Savio Jon, Rishta by Arjun, Wendell Rodricks, Malini Ramani.

Accessory brands/labels
Little Shilpa, Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent.

Closet staples 
“Jeans, shirts, ganjees, my highest pair of heels, a pair of brogues, my gym gear and much more….”

Passions
Good living, movies, food, music, work, walk and work the runway.

Fashion faux pas phase
Skinny jeans.

Personal style no-no
Ballerina shoes.

Fashion destinations
Paris, Barcelona, New York, Japan and Sarojini Nagar market in New Delhi.

Shopping philosophy
“Shop till you and your wallet drop!”

Age and style
“Age with style.”

Personal stylists
“Me, me, me!”

Make-up mantras
“No make-up; a good moisturiser and just brighten those lips.”

Kalyani Saha Chawla
For her appealing blend of modern glam and vintage charm

Best dressed moment
In Shanghai for the Cruise Show. “I wore a long purple jersey Dior dress, with a fur shrug and an emerald jadau necklace. Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard were present. I felt like quite the diva.”

Fashion icons
“My nani and dadi. One with her tangail saris and sindoor and Marlene Dietrich hairstyle, the other with exotic leather bags and scarlet Helena Rubenstein nail varnish – she took her middle name Rani very seriously!”

Fashion inspirations
1940s and ‘80s icons – Rita Hayworth and Madhubala to the trendsetting supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Iman.

Favourite apparel brands/labels
Dior, Halston, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Givenchy. Current Indian favourites are Anamika Khanna and Atsu.

Accessory brands
“Dior costume jewellery by Camille Micelli – sexy, strong and quirky, good with jeans and a formal dress. I stick to the same dress sometimes but make it look different with jewellery and sling bags, and Dior ‘s sexy range of shoes!”

Disaster dressing moment
“Me? Never! That would be suicidal…I just make it a trend!”

Fashion inheritances
Old Bengali gold jewellery – “that kind of workmanship is just not available anymore.”

Make-up mantras
“The eyeliner is my signature. I can do this in a moving car!”

Other passions
Working with Montage Arts, an art gallery which houses contemporary masters. Mother to 11-year-old Tahira Tara, her barometer for sartorial approval.

Soniya Mehra
For wearing her mood, always

Signature style
“Everything depends on my mood. I have fun putting clothes together.”

Current fashion phase
“Weird as it sounds, it’s preppy meets Goth!”

Icons
Audrey Hepburn. “She’s classic.” Nicole Richie, Alexa Chung, Dita Von Teese – “They’re all varied in terms of their styles.”

Favourite labels
Topshop, Reiss, Zara. Also Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Balmain, Anna Sui. “I like mixing high-street with designer. I also love thrift and vintage stores.”

Big passions
“I love fashion. I like blogging about it, reading about it. Travel, cinema and food are big loves too. I also practise Ashtanga yoga very religiously, every day. And sometimes, I write poetry – it’s a bit on the dark side, though.

Precious inheritances
“My nani was a fashionista, so I’m lucky to have inherited a mock croc bag, a vintage Givenchy, and at least 30 pairs of lovely retro sunglasses!”

In the pipeline
“In my next film, my wardrobe is hippy, casual and natural. I like the ‘virtually no make-up and kohl eyes’ look.”

Aparna Roddam
For including humour in her dressing regime

Signature style
Relaxed elegance with a quirk. “Basically anything that allows me to work and party with ease, confidence and a dash of humour.”

Current fashion phase
“I think I’m feeling for structure a little more. Not militaristic but not too slouchy either.”

Best dressed moment in the past year
At an engagement, in a couture lungi!

Favourite apparel labels
International – Junya Watanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens.

India – Anand Kabra, Arjun Saluja, Kallol Datta, Savio Jon, Rahul Reddy. Amongst the newer lot – Masaba, Vijay Balhara & Neelanjan Ghosh for a new Indi-cool perspective.

Accessory brands/labels
Marni for their amazingly clever bags, shoes and jewellery, Rayban’s vintage aviators, Miu Miu metal detail pumps, Suhani Pittie’s Grunge Begum range of jewellery.

Closet staples
Jeans, zouaves, harem pants, scarves, shirts.

Other passions
“I enjoy venting with kick-boxing tremendously. Comes in handy when working with highly ‘creative’ environments and energy!”

Questionable style investment
Kitten heels!

Guilty pleasures
Old temple jewellery.

Favourite fashion movements
Japanese architectural movement – Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto & Junya Watanabe. Edgy gothic – Rick Owens. Minimalism – Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rahul Reddy, Ann Demeulemeester.

Fashion versus style
“It’s the same old argument. The former clones, the latter creates.”

Kangna Ranaut
For her student-like approach to fashion and dressing, despite tinsel trends

Signature style
Spunky, classic, fresh…. “I don’t have one particular style; it really depends on my state of mind and the sensibilities of the occasion.”

Best accessory
Her messy, curly tresses.

Measured risks
Being noted in the forefront of Bollywood’s somewhat experimental neo-gen actor brigade. Even mainstream fashion has offered kudos.

Fashion icons
“Victoria Beckham and Rihanna.”

Best fashion moment, on screen, last year
“I really enjoyed my look in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai – the whole period thing was very nice.”

Fashion faux pas, on or off screen?
“You tell me! The media’s always got an opinion on this one.”

Sartorial inheritances
“My mom gave me this exquisite Pashmina shawl that is stunning and very expensive and old that I really treasure.”

Banish from Bollywood?
“Bollywood fashion is getting very ‘with it’ and now you see the best of labels, designers and creativity in our clothes on screen.”

Big passion
“I am most passionate about my work. I love the work I’m doing and feel very blessed.”

Lisa Haydon
For being the best clotheshorse, on and off the runway

Signature style
Urban gypsy.

Fashion influences/inspirations
“I guess subconsciously I do get influenced. At times I feel like I’ve ‘borrowed’ elements from things that I’ve seen and made them my own. Working in fashion and walking for so many designers, or just generally being exposed to fashion, influence my choices, but I take pieces and put them together with my own vision.”

Personal eye
“I don’t think I’ve ever worn a designer piece the way it was intended. I always give it my twist.”

Favourite brands/labels
Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Bettina Liano, Collette Dinigan, Chanel, Alice & Olivia.

Closet staples
Ksubi Jeans – “I love skinny jeans and leggings”, Ralph Lauren blazer, United Nude heels, Gucci ballerinas – “I can’t live without those”, a long gold charm necklace.

Personal style no-no
Bubble-bottom dresses or tops.

Fashion destinations
Milan and New York. “Australia has wicked independent designers too.”

Michelle Poonawalla
For making wise, top-of-the line, unfailing sartorial investments in classic brands

Signature style
Very feminine. “I like to dress appropriately for occasions. I think it’s important for one to wear what suits them – something they are comfortable in; not just ape trends.”

Global design gods
Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton.

Foot fetish
Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, Guiseppe Zanotti, Prada.

Indian favourites
“Falguni and Shane Peacock have very wearable dresses; Pria Kataria Puri for her beautiful caftans; Manish Arora is very creative; Pallavi Jaikishan for her Indian wear. I also have some trendy saris by my sister-in-law Delna Poonawala.”

Current wardrobe specials
A pink and black Dolce & Gabbana dress, ruffled and pleated tops by Stella McCartney. “I always love my jeans, and have a soft corner for handbags.”

Favourite hand-me-down
“An apple-shaped pendant given to me by my mother which was hers when she was young. I will pass it on to my daughter.”

Bag mates
The Hermès Birkin, Fendi Peek-a-boo, Dior Granville, Louis Vuitton Monogrammed Speedy for the day. Bottega Veneta and Chanel for the night.

Niyamat Bakshi
For being brave enough to avoid black and its sartorial safety net

Current fashion phase
“I recently gave birth to twins, so I’m trying to dress a little more mature. For the past six months or so, I’ve taken a ‘classic’ turn. Otherwise I’m more fun in terms of what I wear.”

Favourite labels
Indian – Rohit Bal for his trousseau lines. “He did mine, and I loved it!” Tarun Tahiliani. “I wouldn’t wear saris by anyone else.” Internationally – Roland Mouret, Marchesa, Narcisso Rodriguez.

Fashion inspirations
The 1950s and ‘60s and Audrey Hepburn. “I love the whole hourglass look – flared skirts, small waists – it was all very feminine and elegant.”

Colour code
“I keep away from black. It does nothing for me, and too many people wear it anyway. I’m a colour person, totally.”

Accessory alert
Not much of an accessory junkie. “But yes, shoes! Can never have enough shoes.”

Fashion versus style
“I’d choose style over fashion. You have to wear the clothes, they can’t wear you.”

Raseel  Gujral Ansal
For her penchant for the classically Indian aesthetic

Signature style
Subtly opulent ethnic.

Sartorial philosophy
“I’m not a fashionista. Nor am I a fashion victim. I enjoy fashion.”

Fashion versus style
“I style myself loosely around trends.”

Favourite labels
Rajesh Pratap Singh, Kotwara by Meera and Muzaffar Ali, Monisha Jaising, Namrata Joshipura. “And parts of
Rohit Bal – the toned down bits.”

Shopping philosophy
“If I buy a brand, I’ll make sure you can’t see it.”

Closet staple
Saris. “Especially for the evening. My idea of a gown – which I can’t wear –swwv is the sari.”

Big passions
Art, architecture and interior design.

Future of Indian design
Contemporising tradition and being up-to-date. “We need to move away from the Devdas note and hit the Dev D note.”

Bindu Vadera
For never flaunting brands; yet forever making a sartorial statement

Signature style
Simple, elegant, understated and feminine. Mainly solid colours.

Current fashion phase
Going into bright colours, like coral and turquoise – a step away from her signature neutrals.

Favourite labels
MaxMara, Joseph, Roland Mouret, Victoria Beckham, Monisha Jaising, Tarun Tahiliani and Donna Karan.

Mix and match
“I combine high street with designer all the time, but don’t have any favourite brands as such. I walk around, see things and buy. I also go shopping with my daughters, so wherever they go, I pick up some stuff.”

Share and wear
“My daughters keep raiding my closet; all my things keep disappearing! Well, I admit I’ve raided their wardrobes a couple of times too.”

Fashion destinations
Paris and New York.

Fashion versus style
“Style is an extension of one’s personality – acquired over the years. Fashion is what’s current and absorbed into style.”

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
For the pristine, mysterious aura that she has maintained for as long as we have known her

Signature style
Minimalism. Clean lines. Stark, solid fabrics.

Stamp of identity
Her trademark short cropped hair and the familial dimples.

Fashion influences/inspirations
Mix of influences from male and female family members. Grandmother Indira Gandhi’s short hairstyle and zero make-up approach. Mother Sonia Gandhi’s preference for woven cotton saris with temple borders. Father Rajiv Gandhi and great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru’s affinity towards soft tailoring. All these elements are blended with a modern, practical approach.

Stellar sartorial moment
A black and white tailored shirt and trouser combination to the Indian Parliament a few years back, which is still vivid in the country’s political dress memory.

Closet staples
Cotton handloom saris with woven borders, comfortably fitted jersey tops, crisp shirts, flat-front and straight-leg trousers.

Colour code
Mainly solid hues, especially white, cream, indigo, shades of green and dull, dark reds. Subtle floral block prints and some woven stripes and checks.

Tamara Moss
For not caring about what people think

Signature style
Non-fuss, hippy, Rasta, grunge.

Current statement
A single long thin dreadlock of hair down her nape and back.

Favourite labels
Not fussy about any particular labels. Mixes designer with street.

Style quirks
A little DIY bug, which inspires her to wrap shawls and stoles as skirts or towel head wraps.

Best accessories
Her waif-like frame and nonchalance. And her fetish for footwear. “It’s always the shoes I’m after.”

Comfort zone
Very comfortable with her own body and not inhibited regarding revealing clothes. A designer’s dream.

Big passions
Anything related to fashion – the clothes, accessories, photography, creative inspirations, travel.

Future plans
“I would prefer to be in a field where I am doing something more creative and using my mind a lot more. Modelling came about by default. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but at the end of the day, I have higher aspirations than being just a pretty face.”

Shilpa Shetty
For her slow but sure veering towards classic staples, away from a bling overdose

Best known for
Having the best body in Bollywood. Even nicknamed ‘The Body’ in the Hindi film industry.

Signature style
Kohl-lined eyes and the perfect blow dry – always.

Current fashion phase
Jackets and trousers. One of the few Indian actresses to sport tailored separates and well constructed semi-formal blazers.

Most watched sartorial moment
In a fluid-gold, draped Tarun Tahiliani ensemble which evoked mixed reactions.

Age and style
Directly proportional. From gaudy to classy – this has been an evolution to note.

Big passions
Yoga and Indian Premier League cricket team Rajasthan Royals, which she partly owns.

Conscience calls
Associated with PETA: participating in a memorable campaign against caging of circus animals.

Ambika Anand
For having made a brand of herself on Indian television

Current fashion phase
Jumpsuits and high heels.

Fashion influences/ inspirations
“Reading and researching on varied fashion topics just makes one’s fashion acumen sharper.”

Best dressed moment in the past year
Interviewing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Paris, in a Raakesh Agarvwal dress.

Fashion destinations
India Fashion Weeks. “I think Indian fashion designers are truly value for money.”

Shopping philosophy
“It has to be love at first sight!”

Disaster dressing moment
“If I don’t blow dry my hair, I always look like I am having a very, very bad hair day!”

Fashion inheritances
“My nani’s kada.”

Personal style no-no
Never wears lipstick.

Fashion versus style
“Fashion is about momentary happiness. When you can attribute many happy moments to fashion then it’s eternal style.”

Best impulse buys
A pair of low-crotch track pants. “I wear them to the gym and then change my shoes and wear them to an evening out.”

Future foresight
“An ethnic sari. A string of pearls. Dimple Kapadia’s hairstyle.”

Aakanksha Nanda
For being carefree and spontaneous; yet admirably chic

Signature style
“‘Free’ size, ‘free’ style.”

Current fashion phase
“The sari has been crossing my mind ever so often these days, which is surprising because I’m a ‘dress’ girl mostly, out of convenience. I would love to meet a sari that is as easy to wear as a dress.”

Best dressed moment in the past year
Dancing at Blue Frog in a glow-in-the dark dress by Miriam Strelhau. Also “my best dressed moment is the look in my five-year-old’s eyes when I pick him up at the bus stop, wearing his favourite colour, yellow!”

Favourite labels
Small Shop Jason Anshu – “art that you can wear”; Namrata Joshipura – “best for the sexy petite girl”; Rajesh Pratap Singh – “intellectually stimulating”; Manish Arora, Rabani & Rakha, Morphe by Amit Aggarwal, Gauri & Nainika.

Closet staples
Vests in all colours. Flower hair clips.

Big passion
Design. “I’m betrothed to a higher aesthetic!”

Precious inheritances
Vintage Dior glasses. “And a snakeskin handbag from my mother-in-law. I call it the ‘queen-of-the-jungle Sheila’ bag!”

Fashion destinations
Bombay Electric and Attic in Mumbai. “Hat doffed to both curators!”

Fashion versus style
“Youth versus experience?”

Malini Ramani
For living it up, never forgetting to include fun in dressing

Signature style
A blend of tribal, hippy and resort. Always sexy. Always glam.

Current big moment
A finale show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2010 has reasserted her position as the Bohemian princess of Indian designer resort.

Design inspirations
“It’s based on how I want to look. I feel if I wouldn’t wear the piece, why would I expect anyone else to wear it?”

Best accessories
A sense of fun and her tongue-in-cheek humour. “And a big smile” showing off her deadly dimples.

Precious inheritances
Mother Bina Ramani’s eclectic sensibilties and wardrobe. “I raid her closet and find treasures.”

Big passions
Yoga and pilates. “Alternative healing, food, my dogs, travelling.”

Aparna Chandra
For reinforcing the fact that great things come in petite packages

Signature style
Laid back and quirky.

Style evolution
Ethno hippy to preppy androgynous to Boho-retro to minimalist Rastafarian – she has never been afraid to experiment and have fun with dressing.

Colour code
A pop shade may appear in the form of a sling bag, or mules, or beads and bangles or even a flower in the hair. But always balanced by neutrals.

Shape shifters
Not one for body-con, but not all sack either. Loose and slouchy are mixed with more streamlined and structured pieces. Seen on many occasions in dirndl skirts and zouaves.

Addictive accents
Tattoos and piercings.

Style philosophy
“You’ve got to wear what suits you and what works for you. I’m a completely non-trend person. You wear what feels good, not what you should be wearing.”

Sanchita Ajjampur
For incorporating authentic vintage pieces in her 21st century wardrobe

Signature style
Modern nomad.

Style philosophy
“Trends are not as important as an inspiration.”

Best dressed moment in the past year
A blue-black Lanvin lace and silk dress with Melissa shoes and personal talisman jewellery for her show at Van Heusen India Men’s Week in August 2010.

Favourite apparel labels
1960s-’70s – Ossie Clark and Walter Albini; 1980-’90s – Romeo Gigli and Yohji Yamamoto; contemporary – Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin and Consuelo Castiglioni for Marni.

Accessory brands
Melissa from Brazil, Henri Beguelin and Marni from Milan, Logan from Los Angeles and her personal label, based in Bengaluru.

Closet staples
Authentic and original vintage pieces.

Big passions
“Yoga, swimming, reading, being with my inner circle, travelling.”

Shopping philosophy
“As soon as fashion is universal, it is out of date, hence my shopping philosophy is less is more; fashion fades, only style remains.”

Guilty pleasures
Dark chocolate by Michel Cluizel, Jean Hevin or Wittemer from Place de Sablons in Brussels.

Words of wisdom
“Your dress should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady!”

Sherina Dalamal
For still being classic, feminine and refined in the neo-power run

Signature style
Feminine, chic dresses, with a little bling.

Fashion icons
Kate Moss and Sienna Miller for their eclectic style; Queen Rania of Jordan for her understated elegance.

Fashion inspirations
“I’m inspired by everything around me – people, nature, travel experiences. My mother is my biggest fashion influence; she’s a perfectionist.”

Favourite apparel brands/labels
Diane Von Furstenberg, Marchesa, Milly, Halston Heritage, Hervé Léger, Topshop.

Accessory brands/labels
“Butler & Wilson has fun accessories. I love going to flea markets; I always find interesting pieces which no one else has.”

Closet staples
Crisp white shirts and capri trousers.

Guilty pleasures
Croc handbags.

Most precious pieces
Classic Azzaro and Hervé Léger dresses.

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