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Who is your ultimate style guru? And... is there something (s)he did that you would not? 5 fashionistas attempt an answer

Updated: Aug 25, 2018 20:09:36

By Farhad J. Dadyburjor

(From left) Pria Kataaria Puri, Prayag Menon-Vimadalal, Anu Ahuja, Amit Aggarwal and Karn Malhotra

The chic feminist

Coco Chanel

“Coco Chanel. She kick-started the fashion era in the 20s through 40s and is still continuing to inspire generations since.
But…I personally don’t like tweed. It’s uncomfortable and heavy to wear, and a lot of their suits are made in tweed.”

— Pria Kataaria Puri, fashion designer

History with a twist

Alessandro Michele of Gucci

“Alessandro Michele of Gucci. He has successfully brought about a new language for the brand, keeping in mind Gucci’s historic identity and juxtaposing it with his contemporary aesthetic.
But…His turbans and religious headgear may be too close for comfort.”

— Prayag Menon-Vimadalal, celebrity stylist

Quirky 101

Alexander McQueen ( Getty Images )

“Alexander McQueen. For his unique and provocative vision, his fearlessness in always challenging boundaries and our perception of what we see as beauty – whether it was the ‘dying swan’ model or his prosthetic-inspired collection.
But…I couldn’t quite digest the crazy shoes he used, which looked like torture instruments.”

— Anu Ahuja, choreographer



Angel of fashion



Azzedine Alaïa

“Azzedine Alaïa. He developed a unique signature and stuck to his craft – kept evolving it till the very end.
But…The only thing critical is that the heavens took him too early!”



— Amit Aggarwal, fashion designer

Over the edg(y)

Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace. It wasn’t just his excessive use of bling, metal or flamboyant prints that made his work stand out – it was the confidence and attitude with which he carved his niche that made him iconic.
But…If I was forced to pick an element, it would be to smoothen the edginess a tad bit.

— Karn Malhotra, fashion designer

From HT Brunch, August 26, 2018

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First Published: Aug 25, 2018 20:08:27

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