You’ve got a closet full of pieces you’ve picked up along the way, but don’t quite know what to do with. A few kurtas, some saris and maybe even a salwar or two hiding somewhere.
What you don’t have is Vogue India’s fashion editor to tell you how to style it up.
At least until now.
Meet Deep Kailey – Fashion Editor (London) for Vogue India – a magazine we covet and read cover to cover as soon as it falls into our grasp.
This is the woman who can teach you how to rock a salwar, a sari, and a kurta so you’ll look like you walked off the pages of…. well, Vogue.
Kailey started out at Dazed & Confused, an independent, culture, fashion forward magazine, she then assisted Nicola Formichetti (now Lady Gaga’s stylist and creative director at Thierry Mugler). After that it was on to work with the designer Kim Jones as managing director for his company (Jones is now the head of menswear at Louis Vuitton, under Marc Jacobs). And she’s been at Vogue India (based in London) since it launched 4 years ago. So, you could say she knows a thing or two about fashion.
We got her take on blending traditional Indian clothes with our real lives – you know the ones that involve dining and working in NY, LA, London, Toronto…
Note to self. She does not like the term East meets West. She is an artist and prefers to talk about fashion as evolving. As she told us, “I like taking Indian silhouettes and using them in different ways.”
We asked her for some fashion advice:
“With the world be so much more global then ever before I think all the lines are starting to merge. More than ever before style aesthetics are crossing over…for example this season on the international catwalks you see a big trend of dresses worn over trousers. One can interrupt that to being influenced by the Salwaar Kameez or just a pure coincidence after all there are no rights and wrongs in the creative industries , it’s just a matter of interruption and taste.
I’m great believer that one wears the clothes, the clothes don’t wear you…so you need the right attitude and guts to go for it. Question the norm, when going to a Indian wedding and wearing a sari, why do you wear such a short cropped blouse (especially if you don’t feel comfortable in it), wear a beautiful Prada blouse instead, or get a shirt made to match your drape (Sonam Kapoor just did that at Cannes). And for those everyday looks, invest in the classics and splurge on the statement pieces (which are more likely to date and be trend based).”
Check out her latest work below. You’ll soon be thinking about fashion evolution too.
As in, I will evolve my kurta out of the closet and onto my body with leggings, booties and a leather jacket.
See how to Rock a Salwar – Rihanna pay attention.
See how to Glam up a Sari – think Gwen Stefani.
More on Deep Kailey – and lots of killer images at www.deepkailey.com