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03 June
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#DesignerTalk: Nikhil Thampi- Gen Next’s Most Loved Designer

 

Born in London, brought up in Mumbai, roots from south. Punjabi by food, affable by heart and down to the earth! No wonder if he wasn’t a designer must have been into aviation! Meet gen next’s most loved designer- NIKHIL THAMPI!

A physiology graduate was working with his dad, who is into aviation, helps a dear friend in debuting at Lakme Fashion Week. Gets emotionally black mailed by family and friends to get into fashion designing. Fills the Lakme fashion week form gets selected from 800 entries and is now a label thats striking a pose on 4 magazine cover this season! With no machines to begin with to now a full fledged studio and practically no single piece from his newest collection on rack as dear Bollywood fashionistas are busy flaunting it, Nikhil has surly come a long way since the inception of the label in August 2011!

Okay I was super excited to meet him. After all the nice things you hear about how he is as a person and all the nice clothes he makes who wouldn’t be. And most importantly when Bollywood ladies are going gaga wearing his clothes, I too get to flaunt a few!

I even met Nikhil’s Ms. Wind Pipe and Ms. Back Bone aka Vidhi and Shloka who work with Nikhil. Together they make a gregarious and hardworking team.

So while I was trying a few pieces Nikhil & I got talking!

 

The Kathakali Collection….

Nikhil: “Because am a south Indian, this collection was a tribute to my grand mother and family. Punk was quite ‘in’ in the international scene so I wanted to translate punk into Indian sensibilities. Thats how kathakali happened and Oh My God! people went mad”

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A special corner for inspiration?

“Nope! A creative person can get inspired from a leaf on the floor…”

Celebrity Love?

“Till now not even once we have picked up the phone and said ‘please wear us’. This is one pat on our backs. Yes, we work very very hard for it, people call 24hours before their appearances and we run around the clock to put it together for them.”

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Cleavage or Backless?

“I have always loved the woman anatomy, I like to show some skin. Not a cleavage fan but backless is my weakness. You will notice some back cut out or rip out in all my collections.”

Wills India Fashion Week?

“I really want to! Mr. Sunil Sethi’s been extremely kind. He always tells me to come but may be I am not ready yet, want to take it slow. And I am too lazy to fill out that 75 pages long form”

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Nikhil- The Friend?

“Vidhi and Shloka should answer that! “He is always there, in criticism too! You don’t have to look behind. Trouble of ¬†my life but the most amazing human ever!” says Vidhi. And we all went aweee’ing ūüėÄ

Nikhil- The Foodie?

I look like an elephant! I need my food! I need my cheese, my dal makhani with butter, my pranthas. I hate gyming!

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One Thing We Don’t Know About Nikhil Thampi?

“He is a good dancer” over speaks Vidhi. From the age of 3 to 24, I was training with Shiamak Davar so ya I am a trained dancer”

Whats next?

“A vacation! Its been 3 years I haven’t taken a break so ¬†I am taking a one month holiday starting ¬†from 20th of May {He is posting some seriously gorgeous pictures as I type… *SIGH*¬†check out here} Taking it a little slow this year. May be a collaboration or an international fashion week! Cant comment but talks are on.”

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Thank you Nikhil for having me over at your studio and styling me and taking my pictures!

You are surly Bollywood’s next Manish Malhotra.
Wishing you the best for your shining future.

LOve,

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Photographed & Styled By: Nikhil Thampi

Written By: Sukhneet Wadhwa

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