Dressire x Designers : Wimpy Arora

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Having visited all designer labels and exhibitions at that time, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my analysis of what’s in fashion and what’s out of fashion was mostly right. After a point in time, I could almost predict the trends of the fashion industry. Coming from a business family that traded in handloom and had an inherent sense of style, I realised that working with fabrics and designs came organically to me. In between all this, I was working with a leading Japanese bank that paid me well and took me across the globe for work. But as they say, you will find happiness where your heart is. And thus began my journey of exploring my love for all things fashion and style.

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As destiny would have it, I got enrolled for a fashion women wear course in the celebrated Pearl Academy. The academy helped me bring out my skills and sharpen my craft. One fine morning, as I stepped out of my bed to get ready for work it dawned upon me that without wasting a single moment, I must take the plunge into being a full-time fashion designer. Having an extremely supportive family always works to your advantage. A few dinner table conversations and workplace discussions later, it was clear that am going to launch my own very label. With my sister by my side who shared a similar passion as me, we decided to call our label – dresstorybysisters. Within six months of our launch, we had a loyal customer base and had behind us a successful exhibition at The Hyatt. Today, our label has managed to ruffle a few feathers in the industry and we are extremely humbled at the steady growth of our venture. We have a few plans lined up in the coming months and are supremely excited to see how it all unfolds for us. In the end, whatever may be the result, there’s no better living than living your dreams and pursuing your passion.

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What is the inspiration behind your designs?

The idea is to keep it simple. Create trendy yet comfortable clothing wear. If your cloth is not comfortable, whatever may be the design, it won’t work.

What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?

When designing a collection we keep in mind the mood, time of the year, the upcoming trends etc. Of course, fabric, color palette and embellishments goes without saying. All of this put together helps us come up with a collection.

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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?

It would be dishonest on my part if I said there weren’t any challenges. Right from the time the thought came into my mind of launching my own label, there were challenges. Giving up a well paying job, naming our brand, getting a team behind, creating your presence. Far too many to list. But, my family was my biggest support. With their blessings, everything sort of fell in place and we came overcame the challenges.

What are your plans for the future?

We are working round the clock to showcase our designs in an upcoming exhibition.

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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?

A strong vision, great attitude, perseverance till the end. Irrespective of the gender, you will succeed.

 What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you?

Believe in your dreams, till the end. As women, we are the source of life. There’s literally nothing that we cannot do.

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What sparked your interest in fashion?

That’s slightly difficult. Frankly,, I can’t put my finger to a date,month, year. How I would like to see it is that while I always liked to dress up for functions and casual outing, I didn’t really know my true calling was in fashion lifestyle. At least, not until my sister and I decided to map the length and breadth of Delhi for her wedding shopping. Having visited all designer labels and exhibitions at that time, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my analysis of what’s in fashion and what’s out of fashion was mostly right. After a point in time, I could almost prophesize what is going to be in trend.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?

There will be turbulence. There would be times when the going would be tough, very tough. Results may be far from what you expected. But in the end, survival will not depend on the numbers but in your own belief that this is a phase and it too shall pass. Don’t give up and brave a smile all through it.

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How would you describe your brand?

Our brand is a refreshing and unique take in the couture space. The idea is to create designs that strike a chord with the woman in you. This brand is all about celebrating the small and big moments that make up life.

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Dressire x Designers : Preety Sameer

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My inspiration behind my designs is to make my every client more beautiful.
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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
The key elements when I design a collection is firstly the curiosity about transforming what should be into what could be, secondly I try to understand the position and mindset of my client as the stuff that I made is for them only and not for myself
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
While launching my brand the very first challenge was to initiate this whole thing as I was a house wife and I had to create my own identity
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What are your plans for the future?
 No particular plans but yes I want to work till my last page and to built my own identity
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?
Courage and passion is the most important key to success. One must have the passion to work on their dreams and it’s the courageous ones who succeed in their career.
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
I was always crazy for Fashion – I would say from childhood I was crazy to see beautiful actresses in beautiful dresses
How would you describe your brand?
My brand name is ‘Preety’s couture” – reinventing your curves, I design and manufacture fashionable clothes for my clients according to their body shape and needs.
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Trendsetter of the Week : Rajshri Jain

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Rajshri Jain began her teaching career in 1989 and has more than 10 years of experience in the field. She has served as the Education Counselor at New Cambridge Public School and is closely associated with the management and administration of the institute.

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She is a multi faceted woman who believes in following your passions diligently while maintaining work life balance at the same time.

My fashion motto?
To look elegant and gorgeous
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3 words to describe my sense of style? 
Beautiful

Elegant
Trendy

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Red chiffon saree
Little black dress
Blue denim
LV bag
Gucci perfume
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My favourite style influencers?
Nita Ambani/Julia Roberts
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One thing that most people don’t know about me?
I am never jealous of anyone
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My favourite party attire?

a jumpsuit

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The first thing I notice about people?

Their eyes

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The best fashion advice I have ever received?
minimal makeup
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
90’s(Sridevi era)
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At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
She is elegant and stylish
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I’m dying to splurge on.. (fashion item)
a traditional long polki necklace
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Dressire x Designers : Hina Shukla

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An entrepreneur and a Managing director of H&S Designers. Her studio has a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from. Though most clothing worn for everyday wear falls within a narrow range of conventional styles, unusual garments are usually sought for special occasions such as evening wear or party dresses.
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What is the inspiration behind your designs?
As we all know inspiration can come when we least expect it and at times from the most unexpected place . I was inspired by looking at the ritual in the wedding “sola shringar” . The 16 colours make me go crazy and I start to visualise dresses matching to that.
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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
According to me the first and foremost key is the colour, silhouette and texture of the fabric.
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
Well abandoning another career and dedicating whole day and night was the biggest challenge. But as they say entrepreneurship comes with a host of challenges. Rewarding challenges, but harsh challenges nonetheless, I faced the same too. Then comes Rule making – It’s fun to be the boss until you have to enforce something. Sooner or later, you’ll have to come up with the rules in your business, from how many vacation days your workers get to what the proper protocol is when filing a complaint about a coworker. These details aren’t fun to create, and they aren’t fun to think about, but they are necessary for every business.
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What are your plans for the future?
In next few years, want to see my stores in top 10 countries of the world. In few Asian countries we have already started like Thailand and Malaysia etc.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India? 
Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my grand mom gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. “If you’re different, you will stand out.”
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What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you? 
My advice to young women is to NOT be overly obsessed with their career path when they start out, to try out different avenues to help them learn what is the best fit. They will know soon enough.”
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
I originally wanted to be a fashion designer. During my free times I used to design clothes for Lord Krishna and Radha which made me realize my creative part . And I love to be creative. Always wanted to experiment new things and when I thought about this venture many ideas started floating in my mind.
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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
You are nothing without drive and determination. Two fundamentals of business. Without them, you will be stuck at the start line. These two attributes will drag you out of bed, no matter how bad it gets, get you into work, and push you onwards. They separate the men from the boys, and the women from the girls. They will determine your success or failure. You need them, and if you don’t, you have to develop them.
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How would you describe your brand?
H&S is a team of talented, driven, dedicated, innovative and ambitious individuals.
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Trendsetter of the Week : DR. Anjali Chaugule

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Dentist. Model. Artist. Dancer

A dynamic dentist by profession, an elegant Argentine tango and salsa dancer, an aspiring model, a passionate shutterbug, an artist at core, an eternal optimist and an epitome of elegance is what defines her in a nutshell.

Dr.Anjali is a stained glass and canvas artist, she loves to sketch, loves origami, modeling and loves to do everything that is creative and that which inspires her and fuels her creativity. She is an ardent lover of jazz and country music, exotic destinations and picturesque places of beauty. She has traveled internationally to UK, Japan, Paris, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Dubai with regards to her continuing professional development as a dentist and for her love of dance.

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She believes that “Each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint and the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you!!

Her mantra for life is “There’ll never be another now, I’ll make the most of today; there’ll never me another me, I’ll make the most of myself”

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Her philosophy for life is simple- You never fail until you give up; don’t seek aid, seek strength; don’t look for miracles, let your actions construct them for you; don’t pursue stories of other, unfold your own adventure! You never know what is next but trusting your instincts, planning for your life, a little hard-work & incredible support by your family will take you places and you will see how beautiful Life is!

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What is your fashion motto?
Each day is a page in your fashion story. I don’t really believe in any fashion rules, I think fashion is more of self expression – wear whatever you want with STYLE because personality isn’t just the first thing people see!
3 words to describe my sense of style?
An amalgamation of classy, elegant and creating my own signature always!
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The first thing I notice about people?
Smile.
I will most likely form an opinion about someone based on whether or not he or she smiles. Smiling is a universal sign of friendliness, and wearing one makes you immediately more approachable. Think about it. If you need to ask someone a question or are looking for someone to talk to – would you approach a person who’s smiling or one who’s scowling?
A warm and inviting smile goes a long way. It is a quick and easy way to let people know that you are friendly. Smiles welcome people. They build trust before you ever speak a word. When you first meet people, ensure you greet them with a smile to avoid being judged as rude or disinterested.
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is….  ?
I would choose the Peshwa era..I loved the makeover of Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani because of the grandiose demeanor which was reflected through the make up artistry and the gorgeous attires!
At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
My wardrobe should speak “A blend of The Systematic Stylist and Trend Trailblazer!!”
She is an organized woman in every aspect of her life, from her categorized closet and inspirational boards to her calculated shopping trips. She is at ease taking fashion risks but does her homework to achieve fashion perfection. She is energized by novelty, always looking for ways to push her comfort boundaries and aims to create looks that no one else has seen before. She has a diverse wardrobe that is organized like a work space to facilitate the creative process.
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Trendsetter of the Week

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Name : Shivani Singh

Founder and Lead Instructor of “Live Love Salsa”.

LiveLoveSalsa is a premium Salsa and Zumba dance school in Delhi/NCR & Bangalore along with a team of Professional, trained and licensed instructors.

She currently has more than 250 active students across New Delhi in partnership with 6 studios in Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar, GK.

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  • She has trained in Latin dance forms ( Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba) with Salsa India (Premuim Salsa school in Delhi) under Kaytee Namgyal, yavit Singh & Titil Bhattacharya.
  • Participated and have done Stage shows In Asia’s Biggest Salsa Festival (IIDC, IFL, CSF) across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigardh.
  • Total 6 years of Experience in all Latin dance forms
  • Licensed Zumba and Dance fitness Instructor.
  • Experienced dancer in other dance form Like Bollywood, Hiphop, Freestyle and Contemporary.
  • Have done belly dancing shows across Delhi.
  • Conducted Kids Dance shows in Bollywood and Salsa dance forms.
  • Participated in different dance events at KOD, Bacardi and corporate events.

Other Qualification:

  1. Tech in computer sciences from RIT, Roorkee.
  2. 5 Years of experience with “Times internet Limited” as a marketing and branding professional.
  3. 7 Month experience with “Dun & Bradstreet” as an Account Manager.

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“I am a Passionate dance professional and an entrepreneur, working hard towards spreading the joy of dance among all individual.”

My fashion motto?

Fashion is not a label or brand. It is something that comes from within and matches your personality. It is something that makes you aware about your choices in life and reflects your true self to the world.

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3 words to describe my sense of style?

comfortable, self aware, trendy

My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Dresses, fitness outfits, handbag, scarf, shoes, earrings
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You wouldn’t catch me  wearing?
Polka dots
My favorite party attire?
Long black dress with hoop earrings
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Designers I adore?
Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Manish Malhotra
My go to must have accessory?
My sling handbag, lipgloss, Kajal
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Trendsetter of the Week

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Name : Anu Dheer

Profession : An event coordinator, a journalist with Delhi Crime Morcha and a social activist.

Anu Dheer comes from a family of jewellers. She has been a part of the jury for many fashion shows.

She has been honoured with many prestigious awards like the Sarojini Naidu National Women Achievers Award, the Art & Peace Award, Beti Hai Anmol Award and the Sammaan & Salaam Award amongst many more.

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My fashion motto?

Whatever I do, I do it with grace.

3 words to describe my sense of style?

Comfort
Unique
Graceful

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

Jewellery, my branded hand bag, foot wear, my glasses & my Confidence.

My favourite style influencers?

My daughter.

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My favorite party attire?

Anything which makes me different from everyone else.

My favorite work attire?

Indian clothes that I wear with confidence.

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Brands that I love?

Zari, Bebe, Forever New & Zara.

My go to must have accessory?

My earrings.

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