As Moda Ninja breaks into its second year, both Cheeky and I are itching to spread our wings and are constantly thinking of ways to bring new and interesting elements for our readers.
A new vista we are exploring is a tete-a-tete with fashion personalities we love. In light of the fashion week that concluded recently, we are excited to start this section with designers, so both you and we can get to know a little more about the person behind the eclectic, innovative and sometimes absolutely edible design creations we see on the ramp!
We would love to hear your views and feedback as we start our spotlight series with Karishma Shahani Khan.
We first notice Karishma at the Lakme Fashion Week summer/Spring ’13 wearing a quirky outfit with indian motif prints and fresh hues.
With no airs about her, we did not know then that she was wearing her own creation. We could absolutely relate to the street style and unorthodox use of prints and started following her designs closely. She showcased her Autumn/ winter collection at the Lakme Fashion week in Aug and we fell in love with her ‘made in India’ stamp.
In conversation with the beautiful and uberly talented designer to watch out for –
Ka- Sha at the Lakme Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013
MN:A few lines to describe yourself?
A compulsive collector, a colour lover, an awe-struck traveler…
MN: About your latest collection?
Our Autumn Winter Thirteen collection stands for many things – the quintessential mona darlings and their stereotyped identities, our conditioned minds that insist on dividing based on pre-conceived qualities, the indian obsession with the west, the bad being blonde and the good being sari clad, the idea of freedom and it’s portrayal, the influence of art deco, and equality and its repercussions on sensuality. The layered garments true to its multiple influences are made of natural fabrics and worked upon with silk screen printing and hand embroidery. The colour palette moves through three distinct families – Reds, Blues, Yellows and hues and shades of the same, with the occasional inclusion of Gold. Motifs of birds signify freedom and flight taking shape through geometric forms that create shapes that you interpret for yourself. The star a recurring motif stands in its solitude as its symbol for the origin of our inspiration Bollywood and its shining vamps.
MN: You grew up in…?
MN: What did you aspire to be when you wrote your school essays?
An Archaeologist, a lawyer, an environmentalist, a pilot.
MN: Off the ramp – size zero or size 4
Whichever your body is naturally meant to be.
MN: What do you think of when we say the following words?
- Indian handloom and textiles – India
- Fashion Week – Designers
- Bollywood showstoppers – Unnecessary; They take away from the fact that the clothes need to be the primary focus.
- Print on Print – Fascinating. Organic. Multi Dimensional.
- Moda Ninja – Fashion & the Future
MN: What is your personal style inspiration?
India. Vagabond. Street Style.
MN: For your next collection you’d choose?
- Brocade or Chiffon? Neither
- Block Printing or Embroidery? Both
- Prints or solids A balance of both
MN: A headline you’d like to read about yourself
Handcrafted with Love from India.
MN: Favorite fashionista – Mila Kunis or Sonam Kapoor?
MN: Hugh Jackman or Milind Soman ?
MN: The most expensive item in your closet? Or most outrageous buy?
Contrary to the field I work in I am not an impulsive shopper. My fanciest buy would be my Ritu Kumar Lehenga which I wore to my wedding.
MN: Top 2 styling tips for curvy woman and 2 for petite women?
1.) Show those curves – waisted clothing, colour blocking your clothing are essential.
2.) If you are a bit conscious play with high drama accessories to liven up your simplest clothing, this never goes wrong.
1.) Almost everything goes, have fun and experiment.
2.) Layer your clothing – every piece will be given a new life whenever you do this.
MN: Personal fashion faux pas?
Ill fitting denims.
MN: Do you read any fashion / style blogs? Which are your favorites?
Wearabout by Manou. Style Bubble by Susie Bubble.
MN: What would you like fashion bloggers to do more of?
Promote young talent.
MN: Goa or Dharamshala?
Both, Goa for the sun & the beach (I love water) & Dharamshala for the inspiration.
MN: Milan or Mumbai?
MN: Dark Chocolate or GulabJamun
MN: Given a choice to work with with someone or dress up someone – who would it be and why?
Monica Dogra for her strong individuality.
MN: Sneakiest thing you’ve done?
Nothing sneaky enough to rave about.
MN: Cheekiest comment you heard at Fashion Week?
Clothes need to only be two things wearable and commercial. Experiments should be thrown out the window.
MN: Should designer wear be restricted to the elite? If not, how can one make it more accessible?
No. By being more price conscious. Design should be accessible and not limiting. We as a label do not want to create a clones and our pieces are hand-made so take a lot of time to make. We do restrict the number of pieces we produce for each design but not without reason. We’d rather have more designs that more copies of the same one to keep intact individuality and uniqueness, a quality each one of us want even for ourselves.
P.S. – What is not to love about these shoes?! Cheeky and I are absolutely lusting after these shoes from Ka-Sha.
Karishma is showcasing her autumn collection on Sept 6th, in Pune at Rudraksh, Aundh.