When it comes to the business of making sartorial choices for the stars, Mumbai-based celebrity stylist, Tanya Ghavri is at the top of her game.
Whether she works at enhancing Katrina Kaif’s sparkling beauty or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s inimitable elegance or Shraddha Kapoor’s girl-next-door charm, the celebrity stylist is known for her impeccable ideas. She has also entered the wedding styling arena and recently she curated an exhibition of designer bridal wear called Dhoom Dhaam Weddings that was held in Delhi and Mumbai.
Over the last few years, Tanya has built up an impressive reputation for her work and she is reportedly on the speed dial of many prominent celebrities. Her client portfolio includes names like Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Freida Pinto, Nargis Fakhri, and Jacqueline Fernandez, among others. Besides styling the industry’s best-known fashionistas, Tanya has also employed her style skills to television, film, and commercials for several popular brands.
I studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design, New York, and then came back to India to join the Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) University in Mumbai. I also did an internship in Vogue as I knew that I wanted to pursue styling. Later, I worked with stylist and fashion entrepreneur, Pernia Qureshi in two films, Aisha and Thank You. After those movies, there was no looking back. I went on to style many other Bollywood stars for many events.
I would say Sonam Kapoor as she gives me a lot of creative liberty. Working with her is exhilarating and exciting.
A celebrity usually asks for a stylist for special occasions, like premieres, red carpet events, parties and advertising campaigns. I usually plan the styling, going by the nature of the event and keeping the body type of the client in mind.
I would say that every woman must have a pair of nude heels. Secondly, she should possess shape wear like Spanx and a black boyfriend blazer. The final touch is a tan handbag, as it goes with every outfit and a pair of good quality aviators in a colour you like. I love the black ones.
A man should own a good pair of chinos and crisp white shirts. A blazer is a must that can be worn during the day and through the night. A really cool pair of linen pants are a must as well as a well-tailored black suit.
For a party, nothing looks as beautiful as a saree, especially a traditional one. I remember styling Sonam and we made her wear a beautiful Christian Lacroix jacket with a saree. It was gorgeous. A cocktail dress is also a good option for a party.
For work, I would say that a pair of white pants and a white shirt looks good. Skirts should be knee high for work. Traditional clothes are also beautiful.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for or what suits you, it can be an overwhelming task. Beyond that, a stylist can give you guidance on your body type, an ideal silhouette, colours, patterns, etc. There is a lot more to wearing flattering clothing than just choosing clothes in the right size. A stylist can help you understand all of it.
Always wear one accessory or an item of clothing that will make a statement. It could be a neck piece or a handbag that is very special. But it is important to always stay true to your personality. Everyone has a certain sense of what they like and what suits them. But they also need to keep up with what is going on in the world. They need to keep trying new things and keep their minds open.
As I travel I see a lot of different cultures, colours, styles and silhouettes. I am inspired by all these things. I also like to check out how men and women wear certain clothes in different ways.
I would always say – less is more. This is the real secret. Often, we feel that we need to put on a lot of things, add too much colour or too many accessories to our outfits. But, just one or two things will do.
I believe fashion is ‘self-expression’. Your personal style says a lot about you.
Sometimes, I’m obsessed with the 60s and all I want to wear are A-line skirts and pointed boots, but the next week I’m obsessing over Grandad-style blazers and loafers or chunky shoes. My style is always changing depending upon what I feel most comfortable in but I love clothes that are Parisian-inspired and vintage-influenced.