How did the shift from fashion styling and designing happen to you?
Since childhood, I used to design clothes for my sister, so it all started from there. Later, this passion took a break because of my studies but love for clothes was always there. I started making clothes as a part-time profession in Dubai when I was working there, and use to have a decent bunch of clients, plus with word of mouth, a built a set of clients in the UK as well. When I reached Mumbai, a few of my friends helped me start my designing profession by introducing to a fashion show organizer and from there my journey started as a designer and later the fashion photographer Paul David Martin introduced me to the fashion world as a stylist and after that, there was no looking back.
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Prasanthy Gurugubelli grew up with super sensitive and acne-prone skin, an experience that is bound to resonate with girls across the world. Coming from a Science and analytical background, it led her to build a brand in the wellness category. Her clean cosmetics label Daughter Earth has its roots in Ayurveda and is grounded in scientific formulas.
A quick look at the good, bad, and worst of 2020, which made this COVID pandemic year a unique one in every way possible!!!
AN OASIS OF LUXURY: LOHONO STAYS
In 2013, Nibhrant Shah started Isprava with the vision of becoming India’s leading luxury home developer.
LIVING HIS DREAM: Rohit Saraf
As Rahul Avasthi in Anurag Basu’s ensemble film Ludo, he was trying to escape a bunch of goons with a bag full of money. As Rishi in Netflix’s Mismatched, he was trying to woo his ‘future wife’. What actor Rohit Saraf didn’t have to try too hard for, is all the love and appreciation coming his way post these projects. “It is overwhelming because I did not expect to get such an amazing reaction from the audience,” the actor tells us. From minor roles in movies such as Dear Zindagi and Hichki to playing Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ son in The Sky is Pink, to now the lead in a web series, it’s been a roller-coaster journey for the actor who was born in Nepal, brought up in Delhi but now considers himself a full-fledged Mumbaikar. The 24-year-old tells us that he thrives on appreciation because that’s what drives him to give it his all! Excerpts from a conversation:
Streaming success: CARRYMINATI
The last time we checked, Ajey Nagar, aka CarryMinati had 27.3 million subscribers on his channel, making him numero uno among Indian YouTubers. This doesn’t come as a surprise – considering the guy has been at the forefront of content-creation all these years and his Hindi language commentary coupled with relatable content is what his millions of fans have come to love him for. Honoured by Time Magazine as the ‘Next Generation Leader’ in 2019, Carry, as he is fondly known as, believes he was destined for this. In a conversation with TMM, our cover star reveals that he has lots of new ideas in the pipeline. And all we can say is, ‘Carry on, Carry!’
TOUR WITH World BRUISED PASSPORTS
Meet Vidit Taneja (Vid) and Savi Munjal (Savi) owners at Bruised Passports, an award-winning writer/photographer duo, who have visited over 80 countries together.
THROUGH HIS EYES
Innovation and creativity has no limit and Nicklas Hultman, a Senior Art Director, based in Haslev, Denmark reflects it in the best form. His Instagram profile @nicklas.h with more than 3k posts celebrate ‘Baroque Ikebana’ an artistic expression, where he combines everyday mass-produced objects like sneakers, socks, hammers, bricks, a showerhead, beer cans, rugs, or cleaning products along with floral arrangements and presents it in the form of a photo series. TMM talks to him to know more about the unique art form and his perspective.
On A Song SHILPA RAO
If you stayed on till the end credits of Ludo, you would have been as surprised and delighted to hear Shilpa Rao’s version of Hardam Humdum as we were. The singer has done full justice to the beautiful track composed by Pritam. She gives full credit to the composer and to director Anurag Basu for creating the masterpiece. “Pritam had an idea of doing a ghazal in an EDM format and that idea became this song. I have been a fan of Anurag’s movies forever and I think this was the perfect way to collaborate with all of them,” she says. Here’s Shilpa in conversation with TMM.
SENSIBLE SUSTAINABILITY SIDDHANT AGRAWAL LABEL
Last year, fashion designer Siddhant Agrawal established his own pret-couture label. With sustainability at the core of Siddhant Agrawal Label, the brand uses innovative techniques to design modern-day couture for women, men, and accessories as well. TMM caught up with the designer to understand his process and his offerings.
INDIE RAPPER & SINGER - SONG WRITER Aside from dancing, Lexy’s true passion in life is music. She has also collaborated with artists like DJ Snake, Major Lazer, Too Short, Prologic, Shaun Frank, Louis Bell, and several others. With 2.6 million followers on Instagram, 2.3 million subscribers on YouTube, 3.1 million followers on Facebook, and billions of impressions across all social platforms, Lexy is a name to know in the business. Follower her on Instagram @lexypanterra!
A visionary approach influences the shape of things to come in Dubai.
MILO SLADAKOVIC - THE NATURE OF MAN
Burdened with care and appreciation of everyday spectacle Excerpts of everyday life and passion - documentary and behind the scenes stories of daily life and lesser-known events captured around the UAE.
Virus Slows Dubai Airport, World's Busiest For Global Travel
Perhaps nowhere is the world’s lack of flights due to the coronavirus pandemic more clearly felt than at Dubai International Airport, for years the world’s busiest for international travel.
DUBAI AIRPORT CEO: GLOBAL TRAVEL STILL UP IN AIR OVER VIRUS
The CEO of the world’s busiest airport for international travel wants to get the globe flying again, but even he acknowledges everything remains up in the air during the coronavirus pandemic.
ART DUBAI 25-28.3.2020
Art Dubai 2020 reaffirms commitment to alternative global perspectives with the announcement of gallery list, new Africa focus for Residents section, and a line-up of international curators.
The Cosmic Chaos of India
Just like the cosmos, when you see India for the first time everything seems chaotic and yet every Indian person finds his/ her own order in that hustle which all goes in tandem. Pavan Rajurkar a freelance illustrator based out of Mumbai, capture this Indianness perfectly in his artworks for many different brands and studios. Some of his recent illustrations have been displayed here.
Doctor of Happiness: An Art Essay
SUKRITI VADHERA KOHLI is the founder of Doctor of Happiness, helping young people with depression and other mental conditions through her art and online platform. Here she speaks with VANESSA PATEL about what inspired her to open up this forum, and what a difference art can make to our well-being.
Meet with clients amid the city’s kaleidoscopic sights and sounds.
Sasan Nasernia - Emergeast Gallery
Exploring different avenues in Persian and Arabic classical and modern calligraphy, he has since expanded his practice to include painting, print, digital work and installation