From a haath phool paired with a pantsuit to an architectural gold Gaurav Gupta gown to a gold & black sheer sari, there is nothing out of bounds when it comes to Kalki Koechlin’s eclectic taste in fashion. Just like her filmography, which comprises critically acclaimed hits such as ‘Margarita with a Straw’, ‘Dev.D’, and ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’, and commercial successes like ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara’ and ‘Gully Boy‘, versatility seeps into her fashion choices too. Her new screen appearance is in Zoya Akhtar’s web series ‘Made In Heaven’, and with it Koechlin has once again proven that she can embrace any character.
But her zeal is not just limited to the runway and films. Her collaboration with Hidesign recently hit the market. This is the second time she has donned a designer’s hat to collaborate with the leather goods brand.
She spoke to Lifestyle Asia on her obsession with handbags, style diktats, favourite brands, and more.
How do you think the right kind of handbag can add to your personality?
Bags are your most important personal accessory; you carry all your essentials in them. Picking the right bag can serve practical purposes when you are in a specialised line like sports, or a corporate job, or it can deck your extracurricular indulgences when you are going out.
What are a few handbag brands which intrigue you?
Christian Louboutin has had some great collections. Gucci too. I love this little Indian brand called Tich.
What do your handbags say about your style?
There is no one handbag which is a staple. I have different bags for different adventures.
Since you are busy promoting your upcoming series, what are a few things/essentials you are always carrying in your handbag?
I never travel with sunglasses, vaseline, instamax, and my headphones.
Tell us about your association with Hidesign? What intrigues you about its aesthetic?
Hidesign is consistent as a brand. It has a classic style and yet they are open to new ideas. My connection with Dilip goes back to my childhood. There is comfort and shared history and values.
This is your second collaboration with the brand – how did it start, and how is this line different from the previous one?
When Dilip approached me last year, I was intrigued by the idea of collaborating to design a collection. We both come from Pondicherry, the common roots and ideals were are a great starting point. Coming up with the second collection was more challenging. So we made that into the theme. It’s more adventurous and daring.
What are your recommendations from the latest collection?
The sporty bags like the Motor and Surfer ranges and the adventure bags like Gypsy and Rebel.
Your biggest fashion faux-pas moment?
A velvet Juicy Couture matching tracksuit.
How do you sum up your style?