INNOVATIVE SAREE BLOUSE DESIGNS ’19

by Vijaya Durga Ram

Regardless of shape, size or style…a saree looks great on every woman.

We have seen a huge lifestyle shift and culture change, where we accepted the western wardrobe graciously and have made tremendous advancement towards experimenting pretty much all the styles we see on the international magazine and yet, a SAREE somehow always fits in, stays perfectly in trend and will always do.

Through different generations, it has been worn in so many different styles.

And, I would say, that’s the best part! Let’s get creative and add in a streak of our own style to the blouses! 

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A saree is the trendiest wear for girls! It looks more comfortable and stylish for women. However, the blouse is what makes or the breaks the perfect saree look. It’s is the vital element of the saree look. Every year we are blessed with new saree blouse designs. Here, we have a shirt blouse that is draped with an indigo-dyed saree. The abstract elements on the blouse makes it trendier as by combining both traditional and fusion elements. 

Here are some of the looks that I found really interesting!

Pradaini Surva, fashion model.

A Sheath turtleneck top, with an illusion neckline that just grabs the look of this simple and elegant cotton saree to the next level. The waist belt and the shoes add an extra fusion vibe to the look!

You Need To Check Out Sabyasachi’s New Collection Which Is Perfect For Summer Brides!

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Sabyasachi’s  Fiza – Spring Summer 2019 collection has made us go wowww! Everything from the silhouettes to the cuts, created over a series of adorable colour palettes, left us in awe! The exquisite jewellery, flowy embroidered fabrics and the strikingly shot collection have us glued to his Instagram profile, as he updated one post after another. We also noticed a freshness in styling and also, instead of going heavy on jewellery he switched to dainty but timeless pieces, super apt for summers. Is that an inception of a new trend?!  Whatever it may be, but it literally melted our weak hearts.

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Yami Gautham,Actor.

Indigo dyed Indo-western saree with a mustard embroidered shrug!

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Taapse Pannu,Actor.

Taapse Pannu at one her recent movie promotions, wore a thin striped shirt blouse and saree. It came off too strong on her and I just found it overwhelming!

The tie and the bindi just make it look effortlessly stylish yet traditional!

 

 

 

 

Trendsetter of the Week

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Publecity is a industrial themed pub in Pune. This concept is very new to Pune, we have used a lot of metal, scrape material, oil drums.
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My fashion motto?
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” — Rachel Zoe

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My wardrobe essentials?
Jumpsuits, Little black dress, denim jacket, gown, jeans and t-shirt
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My style icons?
Deepika Padukone
Victoria Beckham
Kate Middleton
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The worst trend to become popular?
bell bottom pants
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My go to office attire?
White shirt and black formal skirt
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My favourite brands?
Michael cinco
Sherry hill
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I can’t leave the house without?
car keys, sun glasses, my purse, lip gloss, Kajal

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The talented Ms. Arati Basnet seeks immense amount of keenness in brand endorsements, business, modeling, fashion, singing, gardening, painting.
Arati who grew up in the city of Kathmandu, has always been inclined towards art, music, painting, fashion, media, modelling while seeing the world in a different way. Her works exudes her confidence.
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Arati easily dabbles into media and handles press conferences and has been a part of taking interviews. She has phenomenal experience in handling press, organizing events and working with celebrities.
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My Fashion Motto?
Wear stuff that brings out your personality
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

Undergarments matching my see through dresses, stoles matching my dresses, different size handbags matching the occasion I go to, shoes appropriate for driving and walking .
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You wont catch me wearing?

A man’s suit
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My favourite party attire?

Marriage – saree;
Party – pants and tops
Official party – kurtis.
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Brands I love?
W and Stop to shop.
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A fashion blunder you have made in the past?

Jumped into the pool in a transparent swimming costume!

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Trendsetter of the Week : Sharmita Bhinder

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Sharmita Banerjee Bhinder practiced civil criminal law in Dost and high court Chandigarh for two years, she trains various corporates and started an NGO, ‘Empower’ for special children.
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She has also trained in Angel healing, Pranic and spiritual healing and became a spiritual healer.
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My fashion motto?
Be unique! Create your style – Don’t blend in or follow but be the one to be followed 
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
A black skirt, a white top, scarves, a handbag, shades, saree and bindi
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My favourite style influencers?
Shabana Azmi, Kiran Thakur Singh Kher
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My favorite work attire?
Saree
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Brands I love?
Byloom International, Sabyasachi
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I would not leave my home without?
Kajal, bindi, sunscreen and phone
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Trendsetter of the Week : Bhagyashree Bhansali

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She is an Overseas In charge for Funding and Campaigns, Aam Aadmi Party, Co-Founder & CSO at Let’s Markit.

Why did you choose a career in politics?

In today’s political landscape, motherhood is often deployed as a tool to highlight the ‘sacred’ nature of a subject, ranging from the gau mata to Bharat mata and Ganga mata. At the same time, issues around women’s rights and empowerment, varying from triple talaq to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, are regular topics of conversation in political circles. But an important question remains: In a country like India with around 49 per cent of women in the population, why is the political participation of women so low?

History has stood witness to the brilliance of women in politics, time and again. From Marie Antoinette to Queen Elizabeth, women across the world have often held the political scepter firmly in their hands whenever needed.

Today, equal participation of men and women is not only a prerequisite for justice and democracy; it is an inevitable condition for harmonious human existence as well. Effective representation of women in decision-making structures will have a bearing on the policies, vision and structure of institutions. And that’s something everyone should be fighting for

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My fashion motto?

Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

3 words to describe my sense of style?

 Minimalistic , Feminine, Effortless

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

 Perfect white tee, A sharp blazer, Minimalistic Saree, Black/Beige ballet flats, Dark denim

My favorite style influencers?

Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Aimee Song, Gigi Hadid

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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?

 Wrinkled Clothes.

My favorite party attire?

 Floral print short dress with tan leather shoes.

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My favorite work attire?

 White shirt, denim jeans, slip-on sneakers.

Brands I love? 

Sabyasachi

 Brand: Zara

Designer : Ralph & Russo

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A fashion blunder you have made in the past?

 Wearing stockings/ tights with everything I considered short.

 My go to must have accessory?

  A statement handbag.

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Dressire x Designers : Pinky Ahuja

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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
While designing our  collection we always keep creativity with comfort in mind. It is a very important thing. Also the beautiful colours according to beautiful skin tone.
KRCOUTURE stands for KAJALRANI COUTURE
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What are your plans for the future?

I want to see KRCOUTURE in Dubai and London one day. Want to enter international market.

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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 all young upcoming designers is follow your passion with determination & love what you do and success follows you.
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
Every Woman is beautiful but it is her style quotient that makes her confident and different. Styling has always been my passion. Be it a family dinner ,a school fete,college annual day , weddings  or just any occasion I  always loved to style myself.
This passion was loved by near and dear ones in my family and friends and they would  often take me with them for their shopping spree.They felt confident with my Choice. This inspired me!
I want every woman to feel confident in her own body.
So here at KRCOUTURE we want every woman to feel confident and beautiful.Rani and I are college buddies both having passion for good food good clothes good life. We always wanted to do something professionally. Wanted to express our passion further. So when our kids reached their mid teens, we launched KRCOUTURE in PUNE at NIBM ROAD at TARASHA MULTIDESIGNER STORE .WE share this store with two more brands so our customers get a wide range.I believe together we grow so having a great team makes challenges easy.

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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
How would you describe your brand?

KRCOUTURE is for woman of substance. She is a daughter, a wife a mother a grandmother  modern yet classy and chic so basically we serve women of all ages  and size
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Trendsetter of the Week

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Aarti Bhatia is a tarot card reader  Akashic Reader, Numerologist, & Clinical Hypnotist

She has been practicing for past 15 years .She believes her 25 years of connection with occult and mythology has made a firm and sound base to help her clients .

Her experience with different age groups and different issues has really strengthened her readings.

Her journey for occult started when she was herself very young . Her love for numbers and their interplay in her life gave her wings to impact others life  in a positive way .According to her, God speaks in numbers . The different vibrations of a number like one’s thoughts bring the same vibrational frequency people and situations in ones life .

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She has written for weekly tarot for Dainik Bhaskar for five years .

Her Mythology columns are read and appreciated by many .

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My fashion motto?
Fashion Motto for me is more about comfort and class and less about being a fashion chick
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3 words to describe my sense of style?
Simple , Sophisticated and Vogue-ish
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Black dress, A scarf, Black heals,White shirt and Slacks.
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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
Shorts
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My favourite party attire?
Bright colored long dress or a gown with a silk scarf .
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The first thing I notice about people?
The honesty which I can read through their eyes .

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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Trendsetter of the Week : Kamal Monga

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Kamal Monga is the co-ownder of Cherish Banquets and Ministry of Beer in Gurgaon and Connought Place. She is also a social worker and teaches children from slums.

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My sense of style?
clean, polished & feminine
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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
I am very conscious of my social image and wouldn’t be caught dead doing anything that went against it.
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My favourite party attire?
stylish gowns
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The worst trend to ever become popular?
sagging pants.
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The first thing I notice about people?
Their facial expressions & eyes contact
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My style secret?
My beautiful smile. It’s my special ornament that I wear every time.
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The best fashion advice I have ever received is?
* When not sure, go for black.
* Heels are very important in women’s life. It not only gives your leg shape but it helps you walk like a lady.
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Dressire X Designers : Reema Dhawan

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When Beauty and Fashion come together something magical is created. Here we present the beauty and fashion powerhouse herself, Reema Dhawan!
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She is the director of the company “Deez Creations” that manufactures readymade high end garments. Her reputation as a designer & fashion Stylist precedes itself. The lady behind the charming looks, the master herself in domestic market as well as exports, Reema with her exceptional and unique style has reached audiences in a range of mediums, from fashion to corporate events, fashion shows, fashion & beauty pageants shows to magazine covers & news papers! 
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Apart from all the honours & felicitations, she herself was among the finalist of Mrs Delhi NCR 2015 as a combination of beauty with brains! Her approach to life is ‘ live & learn ‘ She believes in hard work & dedication. She works for many NGOs to help the needy.
According to her, children are her biggest inspiration. She leads a beautiful journey from being a simple housewife to the Director of her company.
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What is the inspiration behind your designs?
Creativity & inspiration is all around us. Fashion for me is the comfort in our own skin. I design Indian ,western & Indo westerns for the daily lifestyles & comforts. While designing the outfits, colors & prints play a pivotal role. For each and every design & collection there’s a serious amount of hard work, sleepless nights and true dedication behind it. You really have to work hard to make your dreams turn into reality. The background of my exports in garments had always pushed me hard towards the domestic work too . Indian Traditional garments line has always been my favorite . The world of fashion has a long and varied artistic history. Trends change on a seasonal basis and often reflect the overall sentiment of culture at any given time. Taking inspiration from both modern and historical fashion is a great way to infuse something new and fresh in designing!
 
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Challenges faced while setting business & brand?
Well, every field requires dreams and dedication to fulfill it! See it to achieve it. Lots of planning, patience & persistence is required for making dreams come true.
Setting up an entire unit, good machines, skilled labour & perfect quality with new designs to be given every season is all required. Nothing comes easy but a sheer dedication can surely make all dream into real.
My husband’s support was the biggest support with me while handling my house, kids & my work simultaneously!
Branding is art,  it’s trial and error and it’s crafting something new and different. When a company has a lot of money and an established fan base, branding looks one way. For a small business with limited resources and a small staff, branding looks a lot different. Deliberate and planned brand strategies are primarily responsible for making businesses successful. For small business, brand strategies pose larger challenges. There is no plug-in formula that makes sure a business is successful. My brand & my work is a promise made to the customers that lets them know what they can expect from our designs and what makes us stand out from the rest.
Especially my brand “Showsstyle” & our company “ Deez Creations” from 22 years is a promise to customer to choose us over and over for quality of manufacturing & designing in readymade high end lifestyles garments. In all these years, we did manufacture from big international brands like Zara, Mango, Dockers, Bershka, H&M , Motherhood, Lindex & many more to well reputed famous domestic famous brand lines! And our own brand like “Turquoise”earlier & “ShowsStyle” as newly launched brand Now !!
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What are your plans for the future?
Setting up the showrooms of my own brand “Showstyle” & to give customers the best of designs. As garments are our second skin, one should look good & confident.
 
The intent makes it happen. If one is determined to do something, analyzing how tough it is going to be, might just get you off the starting line. What is important is an honest intent, backed with the perseverance to make it happen, no matter what. Nothing in life worth having comes easy.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?
The phenomenon of women entrepreneurship in India is not new. You will see dearth of women entrepreneurs in lifestyle businesses like beauty, fashion, gems & jewels, education, food, logistics, social enterprises. They have just been outside of the radar of the new-age definition of startup entrepreneurs. The fact that women in India are ready to play a new game in business. I believe any woman in business faces the same challenges and is driven by the same entrepreneurial spirit. The difference lies in the sport they choose amongst the vast selection in business – and that decides the rules of the game. Here’s my Hifi to all the women preparing to grow and build in this new arena. Pick the dreams with courage & master the rules .
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What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you?
You don’tget what you wish for. You get what you work for. So Never ever give up your dreams rather give up your fears.
Every great dream begins with a dream. Always remember you have within you the strength ,the patience & the passion to reach for the stars to change from your world to the world outside.
Keep going ✌️
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
I have been interested in fashion since I was little. I always enjoyed playing with my Barbies, creating new outfit combinations for them and sketching designs.
After my high school & graduation, I did my degree in Fashion & Textiles designing. Colors & styles always inspired me to bring something new in designing. My company Deez Creations manufactures lifestyle clothing And under “Showstyle” brand, multiple designs are there in the domestic market .
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Things you love about running your own business?
I love the creative freedom and independence I have every day. I love the energy I get daily from following my passion. I have hard days but at the end of the day I feel very empowered that I was able to stick it out and follow a path I truly love.
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand? 
All your dreams can come true if you have a vision to see beyond. All you have to put is your heart & soul in it. And Never ever give up!

Trendsetter of the Week :

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Nimrata is a professional Tarot card reader, a Reiki grandmaster. She is associated with the magazine “Glimpse”.
She loves to read and is a classy dresser.

3 words to describe my sense of style?

Original, chic & classy

My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

Tommy jeans, black shirt, white chickan kari  anarkali,  heels, a floral dress

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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?

Leggings under a skirt

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The first thing I notice about people?

Their bags and shoes

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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?

The Mughal era

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