Designer Shruti Sancheti, who mentored the five contestants of Craftsvilla.com Healthntrends Ethnic Designer of the Year talks about the must haves this festive season.
1. What is the current style tip when it comes to ethnic wear?
It should be an amalgamation of contemporary silhouettes, colours and styling with a traditional soul.
2. Lehenga or saree - which is your favourite and why?
Saree is evergreen, versatile and a classic whereas a lehenga makes a woman stand out and has an opulent and a special appeal so both are big favourites. But a saree is a perennial favourite with most women, including me.
3. Which Bollywood actress do you think carries off Indian wear best?
It would be difficult to pick out one woman. But I really feel Shabana Azmi carries Indian textiles with élan. In the current lot, love how Deepika Padukone wears her saree and absolutely love Vidya Balan for being a staunch supporter of Indian handloom and crafts.
4. As the festive season draws closer, what is a must have in every woman's wardrobe?
A woman should have a great piece of Indian textile or craft in any form - whether a paithini or patola saree or a kantha dupatta or a khadi or matka silk Kurta or a lively Chikan Kari or gara work lehenga. These timeless pieces would make a lady look festive and traditional. The idea is to wear fusion, Indian textiles with global sensibilities.
5. Any one accessory that you think is a must have this season to go with Indian wear?
Anything which has a traditional feel - maybe a beautiful Maharashtrian nath, a single line polki string or a single beautiful chunky hath fool on one hand.