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If there is one stylist in Bollywood who knows how to whip up drama and hit the bull’s eye, it is Nitasha Gaurav. She can be credited for serving us some major inspiration by picking up some of the most daring, edgy yet fresh ensembles for Ranveer Singh.

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Be it flaunting a sequinned Manish Arora hoodie, owning the red carpet in a fur overcoat, or looking dapper in a Rohit Bal sherwani, Singh deserves the style icon tag often bestowed upon him. While his individuality is innate, a large part of the credit for his wardrobe curation goes to his long-time stylist, Nitasha Gaurav. An industry veteran, Gaurav first started working with Singh in 2012, soon after she styled him for a shoot for ‘Filmfare’. Ever since Singh has been seen in outfits and styles that are in a league of their own. Together, they have successfully pointed Indian menswear dressing towards a new direction with their forward-thinking work. We speak to Nitasha Gaurav about this ongoing collaboration.

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From 2012 to now, how do you think Ranveer’s style has evolved?

He has grown in every way over the years. As he evolved as an actor, his style has evolved too. He expresses himself through his personal style with far more confidence now.

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The actor has changed the face of menswear in the country — what would you attribute his daring approach to?

Ranveer’s style is uniquely him. It is not inspired by anyone, not pandering to any ephemeral trends, and is oblivious to reactions. He wears what best expresses his personality, which perhaps explains his love for vibrant colours, surprising contrast, patterns, and un-gendered silhouettes. He wears what makes him happy; what speaks to his heart. The hashtag I often use for him is #OnlyHeCan.

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Take us behind the scenes into the process of planning Ranveer’s various looks.

It’s very intuitive. I can’t say I sit down and plan anything. Different things just feel right at different points of time, and I go with that flow. When it comes to putting the looks together, I allow myself complete freedom. I like looks that evoke joy. I love the element of surprise. I don’t care to please anyone except Ranveer and myself. There are times when we style a look and it makes me smile, sometimes even giggle. That’s when I know it’s a good look. And then, there are plenty of occasions when he leaves me gobsmacked with how glamorous he looks when he’s dressed. That aha moment is precious.

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What are your go-to brands for Ranveer Singh? What brands are you hoping to style him in soon?

Manish Arora, Arjun Saluja, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi, Tom Ford, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balmain, Adidas Originals, Versace and Prada are some of our go-to designers. I also really like fresh, upcoming names, who we work with just as frequently. What I’ll be styling Ranveer in next? Your guess is as good as mine!

Praachi Raniwala

Raniwala is a freelance fashion, luxury and travel journalist, and a brand consultant. She has a degree in fashion and lifestyle journalism from London College of Fashion, and previously worked as a features writer at L’Officiel India. You can now find her words in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller among other publications. The writer is based in Mumbai, but her heart belongs to London.