He’s worked for some of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines; Nikhil Mansata, an international fashion stylist, was in the city as he dropped in at Maison to introduce new collections of international designers. Excerpts from the interview...
How would you describe your day as a fashion stylist and did you always want to be one?
As a child, I’ve always been fascinated with magazines and imagery created by the stylists and photographers have been a huge source of inspiration. My day is usually chaotic and involves looking through rails of clothes. Meeting interesting people and not having a second to sit down.
What do you like the most and least about this job?
I love being able to express myself through fashion. Challenges to work within a commercial framework is sometimes difficult.
How many years have you been in this profession and what’s your biggest break?
I did my first internship at the age of 17 and never looked back. The most exciting opportunity I recall was the chance to style a cover shoot for a leading British publication while I was still a student.
What are the five items every girl needs in her wardrobe?
A white shirt, a luxe jacket, a great leather handbag, a pair of well fitted trousers and finally, a pair of jeans
What’s your favourite winter trend?
Navy and all shades of blue.
Who’s your biggest inspiration and what’s your most treasured possession in your closet?
My mum has been a huge source of inspiration. She has an effortless sense of style. I’m not very materialistic, so it keeps changing.
Describe your personal style?
Clean, sharp and pared down.
What’s your favourite vintage store?
I love Beyond Retro in London and also the vintage shops in East London.
What’s the biggest mistake women make while shopping?
They often misjudge their sizes.
Who’s fashion sense appeals to you most in Hollywood and in Bollywood?
Kate Bosworth, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Kalki.
Your favourite fall runway shows?
Givenchy and Probal Gurung.
What advice would you give to someone interested in your field?
Find someone’s work/style you admire and start working for them. You’ll learn a lot more on the job than in any school.