Whether it's his daring pantsuits or slick red carpet gowns, designer Nikhil Thampi's special skill is making his women look sharp yet sexy every single time. The versatile designer rose to fame after he showcased his collection at the prestigious Lakme Fashion Week in 2011 and hasn't looked back ever since. Bollywood diva Esha Gupta is his BFF and forever muse, while actresses like Disha Patani, Bhumi Pednekar and Tamanna Bhatia are regularly seen wearing his clothes.
In a quick chat with ELLE, the designer revealed his favourite destinations, his favourite fashion film and the music currently ruling his playlist.
The fashion documentary everyone should watch and why?
NT: Home. It's a film on consumption and resources
There's also Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton. It offers insight into the mind of a genius and the speed of fashion brands.
An upcoming designer whose work excites you?
NT: Jewellery designer Suhani Parekh of Misho makes unique, modern pieces that are so today.
I also love menswear label Khanijo.
The Instagram account you’re loving right now.
NT: kuriously_enough is a super sassy visual artist, He makes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes inappropriate posts.
One fashion solution you wish you’d invented (or want to invent)
NT: Clothes that need no care or laundry.
The artist whose work you find most inspiring.
NT: Dayanita Singh for her effortless story-telling.
I also love Ellsworth Kelly, whose work has a unique sense of calm.
The most fashionable destination in the world and why?
NT: Copenhagen! Everyone is on the go while looking superbly chic.
What’s on your playlist when you’re working?
NT: Devendra Banhart