By Anuradha Dutta, Kolkata, Mar 7 IBNS | 8 months ago

The city's most successful women came together recently to share the thought that, every woman should possess a sense of style that allows her to stand distinct in the crowd.

The thought was shared when some of Kolkata's most successful women came together for a chat show organized by the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), recently to mark the International Women's Day.

Women love to go by fashion, but do they get a reality check on themselves?

Designer Lopamudra Mondal Saha felt, a woman should be guided by her personality, profession and image while picking up her clothes.

She said that copying someone can be disastrous, but there is no harm in being inspired by one's style icon.

However, she gave an important tip, "Fashion is all about looking elegant."

Saira Shah Halim, image consultant and moderator of the discussion drew Vidya Balan's example in the context.

The star has recently raised many eyebrows when she was seen clad in western wear.

"Vidya Balan looks gorgeous in ethnic Indian wear, given her body type and persona," said Saira who believes, situational dressing is also a part of looking elegant and stylish.

"There is no point wearing a six inch heel to the workplace, where comfort and soberness in dressing should be the first thing a woman should have in mind. High heels can be kept aside for an evening outing, a one and half inch heel suits the workplace fine," she added.

Comfort and affordability, said Mrs India International winner Richa Sharma are important in styling oneself.

A mother and a professional herself, Richa Sharma suggested today's multitasking women should never overlook the comfort factor as they have to switch between many roles from morning till evening.

"Accessories are more important or at least as important as what you wrap yourself in," said jewellery designer and journalist Nilanjana Chakravarty.

"Indian women have accessorized themselves since time immemorial. It is such a part of our being," said Nilanjana whose latest jewellery line is inspired by the Indus Valley Civilization.

Being part of the bandwagon which supports sensible dressing with style, the jewellery designer cautioned, "Put on the jewellery that suits you, your dress and the occasion."

"You should wear the jewellery, jewellery should not wear you," she said making the point.

Ramanjeet Kaur, film and theater personality spoke about her lack of belief in fashion and following any trend.

However, she believed looking good is important. Ramanjeet said, "Looks and style begin with understanding your body type."

She suggested women should take care of their skin and hair and find out which colours would suit them.

"Learn the tricks that can help you accentuate your best features and use your imagination to create a new style for yourself," said Ramanjeet who wore a Kali suit with a skirt.

Pinky Kenworthy, who loves to wear a more western look and is a former model said, "I think one can mix n' match things as different as a sari and a converse, but they should know how to do it and also have the persona to carry it well."

The women in the discussion expressed their disbelief in following fashion trends. They concluded by saying, "Style and fashion are two different things. While fashion fades away, style is something we can identify ourselves always."

Susan Mantosh, Designer and Director, INIFD said, "Women should be trend setters, and live to realize things they believe in."

Proper styling adds confidence to a woman's personality and multiplies her confidence, she said.

(Posted on 07-03-2014)

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