Dou­ble Edged

India Today - - SPEND IT - By OLINA BANERJI AND GUL GARG

Black and white are the two purest forms of power. Colours of a chess board, they cul­mi­nate in the ul­ti­mate power play. Both sym­bol­ise grace and agility, the two fold process of ris­ing to the top in style. While black sig­ni­fies a gritty de­ter­mi­na­tion, white is the coun­ter­bal­ance, the sig­ni­fier of in­tel­lect and deep knowl­edge. Three women, from three dif­fer­ent walks of life, bring these colours to­gether to show­case their con­cept of power dress­ing. A com­bi­na­tion of dark and light sil­hou­ettes, straight lines and sharp, edgy cuts make up this month’s style quo­tient. From straight fit jack­ets and 20s in­spired high- waisted pants to the quin­tes­sen­tial sari, the def­i­ni­tion of power dress­ing is moulded to suit each per­son­al­ity. What brings the ensem­ble to life is a splash of colour with each por­trait, sig­ni­fy­ing a fun side to the hard­nosed, no- non­sense at­ti­tude of these ac­com­plished ca­reer women.

“I be­lieve more daugh­ters should take over fam­ily busi­nesses,” says Jayanti Chauhan, scion of the Bis­leri Group. Her first stint with the group in 2009 was short lived as she left soon af­ter join­ing to pur­sue a de­gree in Lon­don. “Trav­el­ling was the best ed­u­ca­tion I could get,” she says. But the prodi­gal daugh­ter re­turned just in time to take over the reigns from fa­ther Ramesh Chauhan, and to dis­pel any ru­mours about a buy- out. Her at­ten­tion is now fo­cused on re- launch­ing Bis­leri’s pre­mium pack­aged wa­ter brand Vedika, with plans to take it in­ter­na­tional soon. She finds the changed power dy­namic in the In­dian work­place an in­ter­est­ing new trend. “Men get ner­vous around con­fi­dent women. They’re not very sure how to read them,” she says. Black is a re­cur­rent favourite in her wardrobe, as are cuts that flat­ter her fig­ure. About power dress­ing she says the key is, “to al­ways re­mem­ber that style is not about trends. It’s about be­ing happy when you look in the mir­ror.”

20s Glam Shirt, high- waisted pants, cinch belt, pumps, pearl ear­rings, bag, watch and cuff, Jayanti’s own

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