• What is your favourite item of clothing?
Cling film…I like to see through me.
• Do you have a stylist? What’s ‘style’ for you?
What is a stylist? Style for me is walking into a room, getting noticed for a couple of minutes and being left to myself to enjoy whatever the hell I am wearing.
• What is your favourite shopping destination?
Shopping is like a quickie for me. I want it coz I want it, but hurry up please. There is always time later to stand and stare at the wares!
• Who do you admire from a fashion standpoint?
Eve from the Garden of Eden. She changed the way the world looked at apples and serpents.
• Who are your favourite designers?
My old darzi who did exactly what I told him to and my mother who taught me how a small change in neckline and sleeve can transform an ordinary outfit.
• Have you made any fashion faux pas?
Since I do not believe in a standard fashion, not following it is itself a faux pas. But yes, I have absent-mindedly worn clothes with a laundry tag trailing on the kurta. ‘Dry cleaned’ can become a fashion statement, na?
• What bag are you carrying just now?
I love bags, big floppy ones in which I put the whole world and not find anything, so I can keep digging my hands in and manage to look very important…as in, “Hey, give me a minute, let me fish out something for you.”
• How do you stay in shape?
Depends on what shape we are talking about…
• Describe your skincare routine.
Lots of skin, no routine.
• How do you feel about growing old?
There are better things to feel.
• What wakes you up at night?
• What are your views on plastic surgery?
I get my dose of comforting pain, so I don’t need anything yet. And have a healthy body perception, so no ‘sweating’ over it. The only plastic I have on me is money.
• What was the last ‘green’ (eco-friendly) thing you did?
Chewed a blade of grass and called myself a cow.
• What’s your best beauty/health tip?
Throw a bucket of chilled water on the head of anyone who tells you to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. The sheer thrill of watching the bucket fill up, of hauling it up and tilting it over a head is soothing, works the muscles and gives immense pleasure, making you glow.
• You’re on a deserted island with the option of only four products — what would you bring?
Islands have all that I need – sand and sea. Both are extremely sensual. You want four? Okay, so I will take a mirror and see their reflection. Together will come reflection of me, so along with mirror it becomes six products.