Nachiket Barve and wife-to-be Surabhi Lokre slogging it out at Wills Fashion Week in Delhi

Nachiket Barve

Guess who is giving fashion designer Nachiket Barve company at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week 2013 in Delhi. It’s none other than his wife-to-be, fashion merchandiser Surabhi Lokre! The lovebirds, however, barely have any time to themselves, thanks to the hectic FW schedules. The wedding, Nachiket confirms will be in January. “The exact date is not confirmed but it will be in January,” he says.

We got the lovely and shy Surbhi to open up…

Who is your favourite fashion designer?

Surabhi: That would be Nachiket Barve.

Did he hold a gun to your head and ask you to say that?

Surabhi: Lol. No. Honestly, I’ve been a fashion merchandiser even before I met him and I’ve always identified with his fashion ideology and liked his designs a tad bit more than the others.

Whose design do you plan to wear for your wedding?

Surabhi: Nachiket’s… but of course!

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Over to Nachiket for some serious fashion talk:

What is your new line about?

Nachiket Barve: Hacienda, my line is inspired by old restored Spanish villas. The colours, the artists, the architects who restored them for their own use – all these people breathed life into these villas and gave them an esteemed chic value. The local textiles, flora and fauna inspired me to translate these observations into various garments.

Nachiket Barve design (from a previous collection)

How is this line different from your previous collections?

Nachiket: The palette is very different from what I usually play with. Cantaloupe, Flamingo, Melon, Avocado, Papaya, Paprika, Olive, Chalk, Ochre, Mimosa Green, Lilac, Apricot, Chartreuse, Mustard, Lotus Pink, Maroon and accents of black and metallic burnished gold and bronze. I’ve adopted a new way of mixing tonal colour schemes, where colours with varying intensities and hues from one family are put together with a sensual effect rather than sharp contrasts. The fabrics used are georgette, chiffon, crepe, shot silk, raw silk, organza and the like… Having said this, the collection is ME in many ways, so you will find typical Nachiket signature elements in terms of drape and structure.

Narendra Kumar Ahmed aka Nari was full of praises for Rahul Mishra and your work. Do you think you are ready to take on the big guns?

Nachiket: I don’t think in that way at all. I mean I’m Zen in that sense. I would like to believe that I’m competing with myself and I say this in the most non-filmy way! Yes, at the end of the day, we’re all here to do business and grab the bigger share of the pie, but in a very healthy manner. We cannot control our own fate or anyone else’s. I just want to keep moving on, it’s all that matters to me.

That did sound a bit filmy. In your opinion, are the established designers supportive of new entrants in the fashion industry?

Nachiket: Anyone who is in love with fashion has a sense of joy when they see good work. I think there is a a lot of appreciation from the ‘big’ designers when they see new talent present something refreshing and nice. Frankly, none of us (the new lot) would be here without the support and appreciation.

Renowned make-up artist Ellis Faas to come to India for WLFW 2012. One look at some of her work and you’ll know why you should be excited!

Fancy an Ellis Clip?

All make-up conscious women, and men… Ellis Faas, of the high end cosmetics label Ellis Faas is coming to India. The lady herself will be supervising the make up for a show at the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week 2012, on October 6. It’s one thing when an expert from a leading brand is sent to represent the company, but when the person behind the machinery itself comes visiting, one can’t help but wait with bated breath, to see what will the result be like! Ellis has an impressive resume, she did campaigns for brands like Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Gucci and Hermes. Vogue Paris cited Ellis Faas as “one of the most influential make-up artists of her time”. She’s also been a part of successful shows for top notch brands Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Barbara Bui, Blumarine, Cacharel, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Chanel, Les Copains, Marlies Dekkers, Diesel, Colette Dinnigan and Dolce e Gabbana.

It’s all in the technique

P.S: Ellis Faas will be conducting a workshop on beauty and make-up on October 7 and 8 for a select few make-up artists in the Capital. But don’t fret, you can read more on tips and trends suggested by her right here. Watch this space for more…

The lady in question.. Ellis Faas. Encore!!!