Q1. Tell me about yourself and your career so far, how did you become a fashion stylist? A-Well I am a graduate from the NIFT Gujrat. I came to Mumbai at the age of 19 and I started assisting Bhakti Joshi the designer in 2001. She taught me how the industry works and what it really takes to become a stylist and costume designer. I learned from her the importance of work ethic: work hard and always be nice to people were always her motto. Becoming a stylist was always something I dreamt about. My interest started with early childhood, I used to organize mini shows for my family and friends, and I did all the styling for those shows together with my cousin. With the time, it grew into more serious interest and later it became my passion and my work. Everything after that just fell to place. I worked on the movie “Kambakkht Ishq” which was my first project (2009) I designed costumes for the “ BABY DOLL” song and lately the entire costume designing for “EK PAHELI LEELA” too was done by me.
Q2. What has been the most memorable moment of your career, so far? It has to be SUNNY LEONE’S entrance, which was 3 yrs back, at a New Year eve show hosted in Delhi by her. That’s when I first met her and decided, “SHE NEEDS TO WEAR MY ENSEMBLE”! I was simply awestruck by her beauty and grace.
Q3. What challenges do you have as a stylist? Umm, Research for movies which are based on real life incidents; There is a lot I have to sync in me, the original characters, study their past & present so as to make my fictitious hero’s look real! Time – it is difficult to manage time. My mother always says, “Everybody has 24 hours, spend it wisely and you’ll make things happen”. Somehow though, with all the stress that comes along, I always manage to meet a deadline.
Q4.How do you choose what looks good on each individual client? Firstly I meet them personally so I can know their body type. Every body is unique in their their own way and offcourse the choices also vary. I first know what my client is looking at; and then I add my touch recreating the same look with more of drama. That’s me!
Q5. How would you describe your personal style? I like easy & street fashion. Linen pants, shorts, floral shirts and hats (my favourite) are my statement pieces. I am my own hairdresser too and am very conscious about it. I take really good care of my hair and I decide my look for every morning in prior.
Q6. Do the clothing choices you make at work inspire your personal style? Workplace means “ethics” for me. We need to understand as stylist’s that we can’t look around for work in our pyjamas! Our profession is to style /give an identity to the person who seeks guidance from us. There is a fine line between personal and professional. They are two different aspects totally. The industry looks up to me and vice versa.
Q7. Everyone loves a good deal, what are some of your favourite places to find budget buys? A In you live in Bombay; then Bandra market hands down! And after that forever 21/ promod..They are not only fast fashion but chic and affordable too.
Q8. What qualities and skills one need to succeed in your job? Curiosity and an open mind are crucial. Also, a lot of love for the industry is required. And last but not least – be really creative in what you do and how you build the brand.
Q9. A trend you love this seoson and a must have this summer ? A Stuff your Wardrobes with pastel colours. You can do so much with them. A baby pink gunjee with ripped shorts and orange/ floral framed big eyed glasses. Cool and colourfull! Also please own a fringe bad girls. It’s the new hit!
Q10. A trend you love this season and a must have this summer? Stuff your wardrobes with pastel colours.. You can do so much with them.. A baby pink gunjee with ripped shorts and orange/ floral framed big eyed glasses. Cool and colourfull! Also please own a fringe bad girls. It’s the new hit!
Q11. A trend you love this season and a must have this summer? Stuff your wardrobes with pastel colours.. You can do so much with them.. A baby pink gunjee with ripped shorts and orange/ floral framed big eyed glasses. Cool and colourfull! Also please own a fringe bag girls. It’s the new hit!
Q12. Any trend you want to see disappearing?
NEONS! The green and the yellow. They not only make you look Broad but ugly too !
Q 13 What styling advice would you give to our readers ? how to become their own stylist?
A-Work and work hard – never give up! Somehow it will come to you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and always push yourself outside your comfort zone. Also, get some work experience by working with established artists – it’s ok to start from the bottom and work your way up. Dress for yourself. Read more magazine’s , it gives you a lot of exposure to international fashion and broadens your horizons. Fahion is a cycle. Sync with it !
PICTIRE 1: “Hitendra Kapopara“. URL https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BXqsR2_CcAAFgSu.jpg (Accessed on Date: 12th April, 2015 Time: 9:12 pm)