PLAY WITH PAT­TERNS

Cosmopolitan (India) - - FASHION -

It’s no longer about the mono print. Mix and match com­pletely con­trast­ing pat­terns (for ex­am­ple stripes and leop­ard print) to cre­ate a strik­ing and mem­o­rable re­sult.

Con­fes­sion: when I was first asked to in­ter­view Amy Jack­son, I had to Google who that was. I had been hear­ing noises about the new English ac­tress on the block, and as it turns out, had even seen the trailer of Ek Dee­wana Tha— I just hadn’t made the con­nec­tion. Here’s why: wear­ing mostly non-de­script In­dian clothes, and tot­ing an old fash­ioned bazaar bag, Amy is meant to blend into her role as a con­ser­va­tive Malay­ali-chris­tian girl, not be the film’s ex­otic sell. “It’s true,” she says in her sonorous Liver­pool ac­cent. “I even had to switch my green eyes for brown con­tact lenses.” One of the smaller switches she’s had to make in re­cent times, to be sure.

Only Amy knows just how trans­planted her cur­rent life is. Hav­ing grown up a hardy tomboy, rid­ing horses on her fam­ily’s farm in sub­ur­ban Liver­pool, had some­one told her that her life was about to take a turn for the glam­orous, she’d have left them stand­ing there in a cloud of her horse’s dust.

As these things tend to go, Amy was ap­proached by the head of mod­el­ling agency, Premier, and just like that, the ball was set rolling. No sooner was she signed on by the agency that the plaid-and-breeches girl trans­formed into a beauty queen, quickly go­ing on to win a spate of big ticket beauty pageants. At 15, af­ter win­ning Miss Teen Liver­pool and Miss Teen Great Bri­tain, whose prizes in­cluded a mod­el­ling con­tract in the US on a schol­ar­ship, she shifted to Amer­ica with her mum. And at 16, she bagged the big one: Miss Teen World 2008. She then re­ceived a call from her new mod­el­ling agency, Boss, telling her a South In­dian movie di­rec­tor had seen her pic­tures on Google and was fly­ing over to meet her.

“When I met Vi­jay, he asked if I could act or dance, and I said, ‘I have no idea’,” laughs Amy. But the

Ruched crepe blouse,

Varun Bahl, price on re­quest; Na­dia print-knit

maxi skirt, ₹ 1,990 and suede knee-length boots,

₹ 5,990, both Zara; leather gloves, Adolfo

Dominguez, ₹ 4,860

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