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October 18, 2016

Best Dressed 2016: Payal Khandwala

Text & Interview by Saumya Sinha. Realisation by Divya Mahindra, Girish Masand, Shweta Navandar, Prateek Patel and Anuradha Gandhi. Photographs by Sheena Dabholkar

For her striking, minimalistic silhouettes

Fashion designer, Painter; Mumbai

Wardrobe peek
Lots of shoes and old vintage saris besides the usual.

Heirloom treasures
Vintage Benarasi saris and a Benarasi lehnga which I wore for my wedding.

Newly discovered labels
I really like what Ruchika (Sachdeva) does. She has an eye for humble details and I think her work is quite sincere.

On a bad hair day
I have difficult hair and it doesn’t always follow the rules of gravity so I tame it by rolling it into a bun.

Shopping destinations
Jutta Neumann New York for handmade leather sandals.

Make-up or not
I think it depends on my mood but I do like make-up.

Absolute favourite in your closet
Drop-crotch pants.

Hollywood style icons
Tilda Swinton — very feminine and strong.

Pet peeves
Short forms in text; bad grammar, spellings and handwriting. And people who talk very slowly.

Shopping haunts
I hardly ever shop now as I make my own clothes but for old saris I love Hauz Khas and Zaveri Bazaar in Delhi, and Udaipur too is a great place to shop.

If not a designer and painter
I love the idea of being a Kathak dancer or a pianist but I’ve tried both and I’m not good at either!

Next, Aparna Badlani.

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