She styles the beautiful and the best. Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Radhika Apte, Shraddha Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar… Shaleena Nathani is the creative mind that puts together starry ensembles. Outfits that not only mirror the individuality of her clients but her own personality as well. Chic, comfortable and sexy… is how she’d like to define her outfits. An athleisure model herself, with a passion for running, this fitness junkie is an Instagram sensation – her sartorial adventures reflecting her passion...
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO STEP INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY?
Fashion was something I was always passionate about. I love dressing up and putting things together. Choosing to work in the industry did cross my mind a few times. But I never thought of it as a possibility. I thought I’d have to study or do something special to get into the field. Having said that, things in my life happened organically. I started working with an export house. Then I got a call to intern at a prestigious fashion magazine. It all just fell into place. I’ve been lucky.
WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU REALISED YOU ENJOYED STYLING?
I know this sounds like a cliché. My grandmother and mother have always been fond of dressing up. My grandma would take four hours to get ready. She’d plan her outfit since morning - match her jewellery, choose the perfect blouse for her saree, zero in on the perfect bag to go with the outfit... It was a process. Even my mother was extremely fond of clothes. I’d go shopping with mom to choose her fabrics. We’d make jewellery. I’ve grown up watching two beautiful women being passionate about dressing up. That’s where it all started for me.
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