My Style My Self: Olivia Dar
Globetrotting — lately to Greece, Sri Lanka and Nagaland — plays an influential role while working on her eponymous label. Olivia Dar’s lifestyle and accessories brand was born in 2011 and is defined by a modern, bohemian philosophy. Currently focused on developing a collection of upcycled vintage pieces and beaded earrings and necklaces, which have proven to be a real success in the past, Dar’s work reflects a blend of two cultures — the simplicity of the French, and the colours, details and techniques of India.
Secret to style
I like to stay casual and cool; less is more. I just make sure I take a quick look at the mirror before leaving my house in the morning, to avoid a fashion faux pas!
A black dress, a pair of heels, statement beaded necklace.
Sacai, Isabel Marant, Rodarte.
Brands to keep an eye out for
Kardo and Rashmi Varma in India and Sadie Williams in the UK.
I am not a big shopper, but definitely Second Floor Studio in Delhi for the variety of fashion and homeware; Merci in Paris; any street market in India and any vintage store around the world.
Icons that inspire
Isabel Marant, Miles Davis, Charlotte Gainsbourg.
In your dining room
Things that I bring back from my trips. Wooden spoons from Colombia, bowls from Sri Lanka, pots and pans from France.
In your space
It is very colourful, with a mix of Eastern European and Central Asian vintage finds, and modern and graphic pieces.
Home decor essentials
A vintage, hand-embroidered cross-stitch cushion from Ukraine, a blue-and-white carpet made by my group of artisans in Kashmir, an India Mahdavi retro-chic lamp.
Frames on your walls
My husband is a fan of contemporary art and I am passionate about photography. I have a great collection of photos that I buy or click.
A lot of black and white, a lot of gold (this is my Indian influence) and a lot of multicoloured, embroidered pieces (shirt from a tribe in Mexico, 18th-century black cape from France all beaded with jet…).
Fabrics you favour
Silk crepe, handwoven cotton for the summer, denim for everyday.
Paris is a place I love to go back to; I used to live in London as a child and have rediscovered it lately; and I would be happy in any city in Italy, enjoying the beautiful architecture and cuisine.
Food for thought
La Bodega — the best Mexican food in Delhi — offers a great atmosphere for a drink and a fun evening with friends. Dab in Paris — sharing a massive seafood platter is a family tradition each time I visit, and any Diva in Delhi.
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