Can one garment spark a lifelong love for fashion? Three women talk about the dresses that did exactly that. By Ami Unnikrishnan
NIMRAT KAUR, Actress Talk of the town after her latest film, L L
Fashion first: I was 17. It was a little black dress with a hint of lace. It was from Mango, and the moment I put it on, the effect was indescribable. I didn’t know it then, but it was my introduction to the power of fashion, to the power of the little black dress. The cut and the way it fit me was perfect, it was classic and I felt very chic and ladylike. It was the start of my love for fashion. Today my closet is: Still full of dresses in all styles and lengths. You will find a lot of colour and floral prints too, but my favourite pieces are a classic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, a beautiful Calvin Klein dress, and a Burberry jacket I can’t live without. My style still remains classicchic, but I like to experiment. Must-have designers: I like different styles from a variety of designers, but Elie Saab is a favourite because he really imbues his dresses with a feminine vibe. Closer home, I really like Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi. Mood of the moment: Sexy elegance. The dress I am wearing for this shoot is a gorgeous red Ramona Narang gown—it is flattering and has a little cut-out knotted waist, which makes it unpredictably sexy. It reminds me of the gown that Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman (1990), which is another dress I love. I think it’s iconic. Unforgettable red carpet moments: I loved the black and white Sabyasachi sari I wore to Cannes; it was different and made a statement.
Ramona Narang, gown, 60,000. Aquamarine, bracelet, 2,200, earrings, 1,500. Fashion editor: Avani Purohit Photograph by Nitin Patel