The stars of the fashion and entertainment industry tell ELLE about their most iconic fashion moment.
“Attending the 2017 Met Gala was such a memorable day. Not only was it a thrill to see so many fashion icons in one room, but the theme that year was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art Of The In-Between, and the exhibit itself was amazing. I work for Vera Wang, so I had the honour of wearing one of her incredible designs: a beautiful architectural gown with a peplum-waist detail over a dramatic, voluminous sheer black skirt.”
Photograph: Marta Skovro
“2015’s Burning Man. I was watching the sunrise in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, dressed in a warrior outfit. The rising sun, serene atmosphere, peace and tranquility, I felt empowered—the kind you feel when you achieve your goal after immense struggle. As the outfit was the epitome of self-expression, it became a fashion moment for me.”
Photograph: Scott Landon
“This dress is gossamer-light. The peacock and the lotus flowers instantly attracted me to it—I felt they were very India-inspired. The design tells me a story, perhaps of the garden of fertility, and luck, where koi fish, which attract spiritual benefits and good fortune, swim deep with the flow of the tide. This outfit makes me feel special each time I wear it. It hangs in my closet. I believe the other one is on show at Museo Gucci in Florence.”
“I have always designed clothes that celebrate unconventional materials and applaud a flamboyant lifestyle. My garments found a fan following in places like Japan, the Middle East and the US, but my Indian audience remained shy. Having educated my consumers season after season, I finally found my little tribe. My friend Keshav Suri opened a club in Delhi called Kitty Su, which is all about celebrating different subcultures. It was the perfect opportunity for me to showcase my designs when I went clubbing. My fashion muses—Violet Chachki, Hungry, Lady Bunny, and Alaska Thunderfuck— all helped by celebrating my designs with me at Kitty Su, and back at my studio too. For me, this shift was my biggest fashion moment.”
“An accidental meeting turned into a memorable moment for me. On a crisp autumn day in London, I turned a corner on Bond Street and spotted a familiar face: Waris Ahluwalia. This was a person whose work I’d followed and admired, for his incredible approach to ethnicity and his sheer breadth of talent. I introduced myself and we spoke at length about our journeys, our lives and our work. He was warm, intelligent and an absolute gentleman. We took a picture together, and as I walked away, I remember feeling so happy that I’d got to peek into the mind of such a brilliant creator. Even today, as I glance at our photo, it takes me back to that lovely afternoon in London.”
“I had the best time dressing up at Burning Man. I love costumes, as they allow me to express myself without inhibition. Last year, at the festival, my friends—Gaurav Gupta, Malini Ramani and Manish Arora went all out to help me put together my looks. This image is the only sane one I can share publicly—what a moment it was.”
“My most epic fashion moment would undoubtedly be when I met Giorgio Armani. I was walking down a street in Milan when I saw him. My closet is a shrine dedicated to this inspiring designer. I somehow summoned the courage to go up to him and ask if we could take a photograph together. His entourage didn’t seem pleased, but he humoured me. It surpassed all my fangirl moments.”
“I attended the London Indian Film Festival around six months after I had shaved my hair off for October (2018) when I wore this Tom Ford masterpiece. My hair was at an awkward length and I got into the habit of slicking it back because I didn't want people to know how short it really was. But my stylist, ELLE’s own Rahul Vijay, convinced me to wear it out and make a cute fringe of it. He pushed me out of my comfort zone, and it was the first time I truly embraced my short hair—and genuinely loved it. Plus, only a Tom Ford dress could make you feel feminine and sexy while essentially being stuck with a boy cut. This will forever be one of my favourite looks.”
“As most wedding outfits should be, my reception outfit was nothing less than iconic. Designed by the masterful Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, the bodice was made of crystal gemstones marked by a distinct art-deco motif, and the base of the skirt was lined with intricate embroidered flowers in dazzling silver and dull gold, over an ivory background. I had such a great time visiting the store and harrowing Sandeep to make adjustments—I was thrilled to spend time with the duo; they are like family.”
"This Emilio Pucci dress was the first I wore to an international fashion show in Europe. I was in my late-twenties, and heading the Emilio Pucci brand for Asia-Pacific. I felt like I was in a dream. I met Tim Gunn at this show (I've watched every episode of Project Runway) and told him that I practiced his mantra, 'Make It Work!'. It was a pinch-me moment, and it was when I knew I was going to love every minute working in the fashion industry."
“During my academic years in Italy, I chanced upon a pair of snazzy reading glasses by an old Venetian optician family—it was both square and round. I was instantly drawn to it. To me, it was a perfect representation of finding a balance in our geometric design philosophy. I have kept it for about 10 years, and it continues to be a symbol of my personal representation of our brand’s aesthetic.”
“This is a photo of my brother, Ketan, and me at the Libertine fashion show in New York. It means a lot to me, because I think everything you do with your family deepens your experience. Not only with them, but with the moment itself.”
“My New York bridal shower outfit has been my most iconic so far. I knew I wanted to wear something fun and funky, and the moment I walked into a boutique called Sahroo, I saw it: a feathered blazer with matching shorts. It was a look that was totally the opposite of what I would wear on a regular day, but it was perfect. I stepped out of my comfort zone, and felt amazing all night. I added a pair of butterfly heels from Sophia Webster to coincide with my party favours. I finished off my look with a white bridal veil!”