Verve and Louis Vuitton Diaries #8 Johanne Mantosh
JOHANNE MANTOSH, RESTAURATEUR
Being the youngest of the lot, Johanne’s electric personality is infectious. Digging out oversized jewellery from her bag, I instantly know her fashion quotient isn’t one that is of the ordinary. “I am spirited. I am glamorous, I stand out, I believe in blending in. Always expect the unexpected with me.” she says cheekily. Sure enough, she is a natural in front of the camera. “Louis Vuitton bags are like individuals. They have an identity. Hence it is ideal that we know their names and their unusual twist in history. Some have an illustrious past; some bags seem destined for stardom. Others have written their own success story, achieving cult status almost overnight. I recently purchased the AlmaVernis. I imagined all the women that owned this timeless bag through different eras, fashions and trends and I felt like a kid in a candy store. I got a sugar rush! Hence my mother and boyfriend did the final selection,” she giggles. Talking about her favourite designers, she says, “I will wear anything from Prabal Gurung, Rachel Roy, Balenciaga, Valentino, Oscar De La Renta, Zuhair Murad, Vivienne Westwood, Fausto Puglisi, Besty Johnson , Blumarine to Shivan and Narresh, Tanvi Kedia, Saliex, Dev R Nil, Nikhil Thampi, Manish Arora, Kiran Uttam Ghosh or Pankaj & Nidhi.
Kolkata women I feel are like a puzzle. We are a statement, a force of change; timeless, colourful, imaginative, coordinated, incomplete yet complete. We have our own twists and turns but at the same time are very humble, sincere and simple. This is the true epitome of my city. Fashion may depend on the influences of the past but the way we wear it is different today,” she goes on to add, and we couldn’t agree more.
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