Haute for the Summer: Beena Patre

Summer is all about “less is more.” Be it stripes, florals, peekaboo sheer dresses, graphic bold prints on short skin-showing skater skirts, or the radical mix-and- match boho look, just remember to stay ahead with a no-holds- barred demeanour. If you dare to bare and want to send those mercury levels soaring further, then keep it effortless and casual. Fling a sheer slip with high slits in light fabrics over your shorts or ripped jeans for a chic layered look even during the hot months, or keep it simple with linen palazzos and flowy, flared long tops in quirky prints for an edgy look, or better still keep the comfort factor intact with throw-and- go spring-summer dresses that can last you through the monsoons. Take a cue from these savvy, au currant go-getters from Bengaluru, as they decode their summer staples with RITZ.

Text: NAMITA GUPTA

Photographs: FAHEEM HUSSAIN

Beena Patre, interior designer and architect-turned-entrepreneur, founder of Nouveau Euro Furniture and head designer, Visiana Design Studio shares what she’s wearing this summer.

Claim to fame: Beena studied interior architecture and design and likes to dabble in interior consultations. She has a penchant for well-crafted furniture, accessories and finery and her keen eye for detail in design – organic or otherwise – is evident in her refined and eclectic tastes and style, even when it comes to dressing up. “I started out as an entrepreneur at the early age of 18 making and retailing homemade chocolates, then dabbling with fashion design, floriculture and eventually finding my true calling as an interior designer. Having grown up in the hills of the Nilgiris in Coonoor, I drew inspiration from the bounteous nature around me. I’m an avid traveller on a quest to rediscover the globe with a fresh perspective! The beaches beckon me and aquamarines are an instant tranquilliser. The globetrotter in me has led me to exotic and rare finds from all across the world. I don’t mean to brag, but my clientele includes sports personalities, corporates to Bollywood celebrities, hospitality ventures and international luxury car brands, who have picked up rare and exclusive pieces of furniture from me,” shares Beena.

Style statement and summer state of mind:

The suave entrepreneur says, “I love to shop and you will find dresses from various brands in my wardrobe. The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in,” said Henry Green and that is what I believe in too. Style to me is what your mood commands at that point in time. For summer, I like to keep it light yet chic in terms of style.”

Decoding Beena Patre’s look in this photograph

I am wearing a Luisa Spagnoli outfit and Alexis Bittar ear clips. My footwear is from Jimmy Choo, my all time favourite.