Excerpts from the interview:
So, how did you start working with Tara?Tara and I met when we both began working for ‘Student Of The Year 2’. We met at the fittings for the movie and we really hit it off. I was one of the styling assistants who were working on her costumes for the film and then, when the shooting had ended, she asked me to help her with clothes for her public appearances and that’s how we kind of started working together as we realised we have very similar aesthetics.
How different is her style statement from other celebs?
I would say she is a very minimalistic person when it comes to her style and she likes very classic pieces. That’s what sets her apart from others, I believe. She has a lot of black, white, and denim key pieces in her wardrobe that she mixes and matches so you will never see her in anything that’s a trend.
What is her favourite outfit?
Tara’s favourite thing to wear is a slip dress and I think blue denim too, because she has so many blue denim, it’s crazy! She has a lot of jeans!
Who is her fashion icon?
Not sure about her fashion icon but we regularly DM each other Ariana Grande and Hailey Beiber’s outfits. They’re always something timeless yet extremely current when it comes to their styles which I love.
So, is she a fan of Ariana Grande?
Yes, she’s a fan.
A lot of time people relate her style statement with Jennifer Anniston’s iconic character Rachel Green. How true is it?
I actually did this Rachel Green series with Tara and a few other artists that I style. Over the lockdown when I rewatched all 10 seasons of ‘Friends’ like a normal person, I realised a lot of my styling was very similar to Rachel Green’s and I think I do look up to Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox’s iconic character from ‘Friends’. They were styled in very timeless pieces like everything they wore, were mostly vintage, that’s the beauty of vintage fashion that when you go back and source things that don’t go out in fashion it kinda transcends through generations. ‘Friends’ started 30 years ago but it’s still so relevant right now because you look at them and don’t feel like it was shot 30 years ago. You can still relate to the way they dressed. I think it’s the most important thing when it comes to fashion. When I do style Tara I think of Rachel Green because I evaluate if this piece of clothing would be relevant a year or five years from now, and accordingly, I style it. I think for me, as a stylist, it’s just my approach to fashion because I don’t like anything that I will look at the end of the season and be like okay I hate that colour or that style or I never wanna see it again. I draw my inspiration from Debra McGuire who was the stylist of ‘Friends’ and I think she did a brilliant job. I don’t think there is another show with characters that look the way you dress today even after 30 years of the show.
Name one thing that Tara would never wear in her life?I definitely don’t wanna say that she never wears a certain thing, because you never know how a piece might look down the line that I might like, but it’s very unlikely that she will wear something extremely multicoloured with embellishments on my watch at least. That’s just not our style at all!
Share one fun memory with herI think our recent shoot for a fashion magazine was really funny and epic because we are used to having a really big team. However, for this shoot, Tara did her own hair and makeup. I also didn’t have any assistance and dress men, no team at all. We were forced to manage everything on our own and that’s when you realise how capable you are of handling things when you are not allowed to have a lot of people for help. I know it would have never happened if we weren’t in lockdown. So, we shot in her house. For one of the shots we had to spill a little bit of milk and every time the shot ended, we just be wiping down her leg. It was something we have never done before but it was fun. She also had to eat a little bit of cereal for the shot and she ended up eating so much food, including pasta, cake, and other things. So we were just eating and eating throughout the shoot and it was really funny. She also did the art direction of the shoot and it turned out great.
Decode one look of the actress for usI would actually like to decode this look because it’s one of the simplest looks I have ever styled. It features a white cropped t-shirt with a pair of tan coloured pants. I styled it with black accessories, including a 90s mini bag and black pointed pumps. We completed it with sunglasses and turtle-inspired earrings. What I really really love about this look is that it required zero effort, it was just a matter of pulling off basic, well-fitted trousers which were high-waisted and wide-legged. It’s easy and fuss-free. I have shared this look so many times and every time I get a good response because everyone can sort of relate to it. Whether you’re petite or curvy or big built, no matter what, you can easily ace a look like this and I think that’s how fashion should be. Everyone should get to enjoy it.