Fashion Talk with Swarnali
“Fashion is something that comes from within you” – Ralph Lauren
Fashion is a favoured aesthetic expression in a certain time and context, especially in clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and body proportion. It is distinctive and vast.
It defines culture and art. It is about following the ruling trend and how we bring out the right sight of us with right styling and behaviour.
Fashion describes the social and temporal system that activates outfits as a social signifier in a certain time and context.
Fashion plays an integral part in bringing cultures together. I recently did a photoshoot using the exclusive collection of five pleats sarees with balzi click and all I wanted to bring out to the world through my styling is how we can drape a saree in the western world and not tag it as cultural attire. We can wear sarees as an evening outfit, summer dress, wedding outfit, at a polo match and also like a casual outfit.
Fashion according to me is what we buy and style is what we do with it. As a stylist, I believe there are no set rules or boundaries of what we can or can’t do in fashion.
We all live in a multicultural environment and we all please our tastebuds with different cuisines so why not experience wearing outfits from different parts of the world and finding ways of making them use of them as our everyday wear. I believe the job of a stylist is to bring cultures together through fashion.
Model: Lenna Holt; Photography: Balzinder Balz; Sarees from Five Pleats; Styling by Swarnali Sikder