‘Indian Fashion Police’ interviews designer Nikasha Tawadey about her work, the celebrities she has dressed up as well as her latest collection. Nikasha has showcased her collection at numerous fashion weeks in India for years now and has recently opened her flagship store in New Delhi. IFP has been following on Nikasha’s work since this website was started and feel delighted to know more about her ideas and work.
Celebrities like Chitrangada Singh, Sameera Reddy, Asin, Neha Dhupia, Bipasha Basu, Parineeti Chopra, Prachi Desai to name few, have worn Nikasha’s creations at events. What caught my eye were the beautiful blend of colours that one gets to see in Nikasha’s work………where other designers were opting for pastels, Nikasha’s collection with vibrant hues were like fresh breeze.
Nikasha at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
‘Indian Fashion Police’ got a chance to know Nikasha better as a designer. IFP also gives you a look at her recent Spring/Summer 2013 collection ‘Chandni Chowk’ as well as her Bridal Wear Collection 2013.
1) How did you start off in fashion designing?
Nikasha : It was while I was completing my education in psychology that I happened to realize my real calling in fashion design and decided to dabble into this industry. Since then there has been no looking back and today am happy to have achieved success in something I always loved.
2) What defines ‘Nikasha Tawadey’s designs?
Nikasha : My design ethos is a strong reflection of the journey of a modern Indian woman, who embraces tradition with a contemporary outlook. Through interplay of vibrant colours, delicate embroidery, fabrics and prints, we have created a unique portfolio of both resort wear and bridal collections, which portray a global style, accentuating Indian traditional craftsmanship with a modern twist. ‘Less is more’ has been our brand philosophy, we always shy away from going over the top or using heavy embellishments.
3) In your eyes, how do you think a woman ought to dress in Indian wear?
Nikasha : For me elegance is really important to do justice to any Indian wear and that comes with comfort. As already said, ‘less is more’ has been our brand philosophy which will always keep you comfortable in what you are wearing. Alongside bright colors, different textures can make all the difference in any outfit without the need for going over the top with heavy work.
4) Many celebrities have worn outfits designed by you, is there anyone in particular that you would love to design for?
Nikasha : I have had the opportunity to work with ladies like Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Priyanka Chopra, Asin, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Sonakshi Sinha and have loved to dress them all so it would be difficult for me to choose any one.
5) Your Spring/Summer 2012 collection had loads of floral designs & bright colors. What surprise is in store for us from your next collection?
Nikasha : My spring summer collection 2013 is inspired by the lanes of Chandni Chowk. Like the joyful hustle and bustle of the city’s iconic bazaar, this collection is full of lively spirit with colours like mithai pink, Ferozi (turquoise) and santri (orange), fused with eclectic prints. As compared to last year’s collection this time I have played with different fabrics and textures. The fluid silhouettes are layered with glittering tinsel decorations, trimmings, and detailing that bring to the collection a playful and vibrant spirit.
6) Best compliments received for your designs?
Nikasha : Recently from Raghuvendra Rathore, A designer whom I deeply respect and look upto said looking at my collection “ These really should be from the house of Rathore”.
7) What would be your advice to a budding designer?
Nikasha : According to me it is very important to love your work and be a 100% commited, each day, each minute, each second!!
8) Nikasha Tawadey’s personal style would be……..
Nikasha : For me it’s always been about comfort, so that pretty much drives all my choices.