Nothing can make you look more modish than a stunning piece of accessory. Beads, baubles, bracelets, trinkets, hoops, chokers, stilettos, totes, clutches, peep toes, dainty anklets…the list goes on. Comfortable shoes are having a moment, and leading the way are trendy sneakers that can be paired with anything and for any occasion. Even sarees, if you please. No wardrobe is complete without a chic white shirt or a classic LBD that can be dressed up or down and what can make you look like a million bucks with these timeless classics? Yes, you nailed it! It’s the right accessories. Some of the top notch fashionistas, stylish entrepreneurs and bloggers from Bengaluru share their formula for looking chic and staying comfortable.
TEXT BY: NAMITA GUPTA
SHAHID HAQ, EMPIRE GROUP OF HOTELS AND MOTORMIND AUTOMOTIVE DESIGNS
Shahid Haq, Joint Managing Director, Empire Group of Hotels and founder, CEO and design chief, Motormind Automotive Designs, is the designer and creator of the Indian-made sportscar Hyperion, in production and to be sold by invitation. He also has a great sense of style.
His story: He juggles between his food and automobile business with panache and still manages to stay well groomed and classy at all times. “I have a fetish for designer sunglasses, watches and shoes. I also love designer laptop and tablet bags, cases and men’s wallets and branded office stationery. I also like to flaunt designer travel bags from Louis Vuitton and trendy TUMI trolley bags,” shares Shahid.
What’s trending: Shahid states, “I love the YEEZY Boost 350 shoes that are designed by Kanye West for Adidas. I’m privileged to have one of these limited edition shoes. The classic white shirt with folded sleeves and pair of denims will always stay in fashion.”
His style statement: “My attire is mostly casual or semi-formal. As I juggle between two businesses, comfort along with style is very important as there are times when I have to get my hands dirty and run back to office for a meeting. I like to keep it simple yet classy. My mantra: Whatever you wear, don’t forget to wear a smile. I love shopping in Dubai as I travel there quite often. Some of my favourite brands are Armani jeans, Gucci, Zara and Diesel. I wear a Rolex watch when I’m at work or on formal occasions, Cartier for a premium semi formal look and Seven Friday when I’m out on a weekend super car drive. My sunglasses are from Prada and Mont Blanc; I pick up Ray Ban for their classic aviators. I love the rugged look of jackets. For smart casual and semi formal shoes, ALDO always have some nice ones on their shelves. I like Canali and Massimo Dutti shoes and Porsche design when it comes to pens, laptop bags, travel bags and suitcases. Being an automotive enthusiast, I love their design sense for these products and the TUMI Ducati collection. Also those bright red bags, featuring three red travel cases made with Tumi’s multi-layer ABS polycarbonate material, nylon front panels, and aluminium handle are what I love. Any automotive enthusiast would love it. Cars are also my favourite accessories. As an automotive enthusiast who is passionate about design, for me the best accessory is the cars I drive! Every car I drive is personalised, be it a hatch back, a sedan, sports or a supercar,” reveals Shahid.
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