MUMBAI’S MAD HATTER
Who is Little Shilpa? Well, she is not so little. She’s 38, Lady Gaga’s headgear muse and she has jaded couturiers of Europe drooling over her eccentric and enchanting hats. Then why “Little”? She is petite and she began small, as Shilpa Chavan, daughter of a traffic officer in Mumbai. Talent took her places, including work under British milliner Philip Treacy. Her USP? The ability to surprise: From crystals (Gaga had 950 of Swarovski’s best in her famous helmet) to plastic bottles, aviator glasses, rubber chappals, origami and military medals. She became the hottest ticket at the recently-held Paris Fashion Week with her ode to midnight creatures, the Vesper Bloom collection.