In Conversation With Tanya Sharma


We couldn’t have been happier when we found out that Stylista designer Tanya Sharma was back at Lakmé Fashion Week this season. Her summery collection boasted of pretty confectionary colours, sexy organza overlays, delicate embroidery and easy, wearable silhouettes – and what’s not to love about that?!

But of course, we needed more. So we sat down with the gorgeous designer for a little tete-a-tete where she took us through the entire process of doing a collection, right from ideation to the final walk down the rap. Read on to get the deets:

We loved your show at LFW this season! Tell us a little bit about the collection.
My inspiration was sports wear, so I’ve designed easy silhouettes that are perfect for the summer as well as an active lifestyle. I’ve veered away from my signature pop colours this time and used a decidedly pastel palette of pale lemon, blush pink and minty green. The fabrics are lightweight in fine silk voile, cotton blends and organza, with prints restricted to floral block prints. I think there are lots of easy separates in the collection that are effortless and chic.

You returned to LFW after a year. Why the hiatus? Were you excited to return?
I consciously took a break for an year as I needed time to evolve. I was really excited to be back and now I think I’m addicted to showing at fashion week again! Sometimes it’s good to allow yourself some space to develop creatively.

Do you have any favourite pieces from the collection?
The pinstriped shirt and trouser (see below, centre) because I like the contrast between the masculine silhouette juxtaposed with the flirty femininity of the delicate sheer panel of the top.

Tanya Sharma at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014

Tanya Sharma at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014

You also created a short fashion film that was showcased at LFW. Tell us about it.
My label GAGA is a happy but moody one. The film is representative of that. It captures the nuances of a young actress played by Aditi Vasudev. Making a fashion film – or any film for that matter – can be an arduous task and I could not have done it without the support of my very talented friends. It was directed by Afshan Sheikh and shot by Jay Oza. All of the art was done by Priya Aaluwalia. Stars, the lot of them!

Who is the ultimate GAGA girl?
The ultimate GAGA girl is someone who is comfortable in her own skin!

Any tips on how our readers can style their Tanya Sharma pieces from the new collection?
You can layer them up, wear the sweatshirt tops with shorts or style the sheer shirts on top of dresses. There are so many ways to style the pieces – just remember to stay true to your own aesthetic!

What would you say is your signature aesthetic?
My signature aesthetic is adding elements of menswear to my designs. I feel that in many ways menswear is far more evolved and those elements can really lift a garment. Admittedly, I’m also a bit of a tomboy, which by extension reflects in my designs!

Do you love the designer’s style? Check out Tanya Sharma’s exclusive collection for Stylista right here!

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