INIFD Chandigarh student, Neha Arora is all set to mesmerize the fashion industry with her collection at the upcoming London Fashion Week. With over 20,000 applicants, only 11 winners were selected to showcase their Collection at the very prestigious Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week, scheduled to take place on February 18, 2017 at one of the world’s major fashion cities – London.
So, here’s an exclusive conversation with this talented girl, Neha Arora.
Q. Shed some light on your collection?
A. My collection “An Ageless Expression” is an attempt to transform and interpret “Madhubani Paintings” in my own way, in order to create a fusion between the past and present. I have tried to depict the transformations in the ages which fill the gap between today and the past. Rich fabrics like silk and its luxurious variants have been used to create an elegant collection in royal colors.
Q. What is it in “Madhubani paintings” that made you connect with it so much?
A. I basically hail my roots from Himachal Pradesh, and I am a nature lover to the core. This is the main motif behind my theme, “The tree of life”.
Q. If you could design clothes for any celebrity, who would that be?
A. That would definitely be Diljit Dosanjh.
Q. If you have to design something while keeping in mind the Punjabi culture, how would that look like?
A. Punjabi culture is something that I truly adore. If given a chance to design some Punjabi attire, I would mix the myriad and colors along with the Phulkari pattern, and come up with some elegant Patiala suit.
Q. Who has been your pillar of support so far?
A. It was my dad’s dream to see me at the platform where I stand today, and I owe all my success to him. However, my mentors Ms. Priyanka Khosla and Ms. Ritu Kochhar have been of immense support for me.
Q. How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A. Even more successful.
Q. Do you think the fashion industry is strengthening its roots in the region?
A. Definitely. I would rather say that, India as a whole is strengthening its roots in the fashion industry. And, it will definitely go even farther.
Q. Which are the three things that you feel make you stand different from others?
A. It would definitely be my passion, simplicity and comfort being the top priorities.