Anushka Khanna is definitely a designer to watch out for. Barely 2 seasons old, she’s got the fashion industry to sit up and take notice owing to her strong use of colour, easy separates and impeccable finish. We managed to snag a quick chat with her regarding her latest collection and how to beat the heat fashionably.
TeamMissMalini: When did you realize you wanted to pursue fashion design?
Anushka Khanna (AK):I was always interested in art, and when I was deciding on colleges, my father suggested that I specialize in design. He’s been in the garment industry for years, so it seemed like a good way to channel my creative energies. It was the best decision I made.
TeamMM: 2 seasons old, how has the response been to your collections?
AK: I’ve actually been floored by the response from the industry and even my peers. I do think that there has been an evolution even from my first collection, and I hope to continue evolving and honing my aesthetic.
·TeamMM:Tell us more about creating your line Looking through the Window, what were the challenges you faced?
AK: I think the biggest challenge was creating a new collection that showcased my strengths while still being of the moment. I was very particular about taking the feedback I had received on my debut and keeping it in mind for this show.
TeamMM: Describe your personal style
AK: I love colour, I love layering.
TeamMM: What’s been your highest point so far in your career?
AK: There have been so many—showing at fashion week, going to a wedding and seeing many women in my clothes.
TeamMM: What are the biggest trends this spring/summer 2013
AK: Colour, cropped tops, soft tailoring, and print.
TeamMM: Who do you think are the top 3 designers in India right now?
AK: Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna, Monisha Jaising
· TeamMM: What tips do you have for our readers to beat the heat stylishly?
AK: Go for fluid pieces, nothing too fitted. I love easy shirt dresses and cropped tops for the hot summer months.
TeamMM: You’ve collaborated with designer Kiran Rai – tell us about that experience?
AK: It was amazing. I was very lucky at a young age to work with a designer as talented as Rai. There was a great synergy with our aesthetics and I had a great time designing with her.
TeamMM: Any advice you have for upcoming designers?
AK:I consider myself still in that category! But for me, my parent’s words always ring true—to work hard and to be the best you can.
Pix: Yogen Shah for MissMalini