FASHION

Fluid and free

Twinning and winning: Shweta Bachchan Nanda with daughter Navya Naveli Nanda in an MxS ensemble. Twinning and winning: Shweta Bachchan Nanda with daughter Navya Naveli Nanda in an MxS ensemble.

LUXURY IS THROWING on a pair of Adidas track pants (with the adjustable elastic waist, to accommodate my post carbo loading stomach) and pairing it with a blazer and a pair of heels. Thank you, millennials—you have made one middle-aged lady very happy now she doesn’t have to squeeze herself into form-fitting skirts or jeans that make her look like sausage in a casing. Normcore is revolutionising fashion, and I am showing up for that party with guns blazing. Luxury has moved from the atelier to the street. High street brands like Zara and H&M are making clothes fashion forward with a price point that is not harsh on the pocket. It means today’s buyer can have a wardrobe one season to the next; a wardrobe that appeals to different aesthetics. It is not about being rigid; it is about being fluid and adaptable. Isn’t that the very definition of luxury? Having and exercising choices.

I love the way millennials are serious about not taking everything too seriously. For someone who is stepping into a creative space at age 44, it is refreshing and liberating. A stylish person today is someone who can pair a gown with Converse high-tops. Comfort is key, and the millennials are so comfortable in their skin that they are breaking rules all over the place. There is a glut of colour and patterns, very often all paired together. And, if you can wear that without taking yourself too seriously, well, that is so fashion. Or, then you cannot, you can be monochromatic and that, too, is just fine. It is what societies the world over have worked towards for millennia—freedom of self expression. Today’s changemakers are making statements using fashion—you can protest wearing a pink hat or then protest the pink hat, and it is all acceptable. It is just awe-inspiring.

So, when I got to design for MxS, my label with Monisha Jaising, I was working with a mind that was free of fixed ideas. This is the kind of environment you need to truly create something fun and relatable. Sweatshirts paired with a pleated skirt. Graffiti all over a leather skirt. A sports jersey made out of chain mail. We decided to take tried and tested designs, give it a millennial twist and make it available to all ages from 16 to 60 and in all sizes. It is a world of endless possibilities, and we go back to the drawing board [so that] we can reinvent ourselves with every collection. What could be more luxurious than that?

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Shweta Bachchan Nanda recently launched her new fashion label, MxS, with designer Monisha Jaising.

Panellists' pick

* A pair of classic brogues and a well-fitted classic navy blazer. They add character to any outfit

* Enamel ear studs from Chandrika (Tribe by Amrapali) that can be easily worn with a white shirt and jeans to work, or paired with a dress in the evening

* Traditional loom-based saris like the banarasi, jamdani, patan patola will always be priceless

* A bottle of Chanel No. 5—five drops of this heavenly jasmine and Bulgarian rose fragrance is all that Marilyn Monroe wore to bed. The very first perfume created by Coco Chanel in 1921, this fragrance has been one of the most desired scents since its inception

* Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367--While there have been several renditions of the tourbillon from Breguet, the Extra-Plat Automatique with its Grand Feu enamel dial is for people who love understated, high-precision watches