Fashion’s new funky duo
Pavithra Sagar and Nikita Kapoor Bajaj created waves in Chennai recently with their pop up venture Funky Fish becoming the talk of the town. Their own fearless sense of fashion probably has a lot to do with the success of their endeavour, as RITZ finds out while getting the skinny on the trendy two.
Being style lovers and fashion entrepreneurs, distinctive is a word that accurately describes the taste and sensibilities of Pavithra and Nikita when it comes to style and design. Pavithra is all for the bold, edgy yet classic chic look, while Nikita is partial to clean cuts and structure. “I experiment with different styles ranging from edgy to classic understated silhouettes. Statement jewellery and shoes add spunk to any solid toned outfit and hence my never ending desire to buy quirky and fun accessories,” acknowledges the ebullient Pavithra. Style is the way to say who you are without having to say a word and Nikitha’s sense of style also defines the person that she is – classy and sharp; never screaming for attention. “I thrive on structure. And so I am always on the hunt for clean cut silhouettes. However, I do have an eclectic side that surfaces now and then,” she tells.
In a city that is notorious for its socialites relentlessly sticking to the tried and tested boring big-ticket names for their ethnic wear needs, it is heartening to see the two women make heads turn for being distinctive and in the process urge others to do the same. Asked about the kind of fashion sense the two are trying to spread through their entrepreneurial venture Funky Fish, Pavithra says, “We want women to shed their inhibitions and embrace newer styles and to experiment with fashion. We strive to bring all kinds of styles ranging from experimental fashion to understated classic pieces.” According to the business partners the USP of Funky Fish is to provide a platform for upcoming designer clothes to exhibit. “It also aims to give an innovative spin to the shopping experience. To me essentially, Funky Fish is the canvas to my creativity,” Nikita adds.
Their impeccable taste in clothes may seem like a given, but that certainly cannot be the only reason that the fashionable duo looks almost flawless in real life, now can it? “I am a minimalist when it comes to make up. On a day to day basis the most I go with is a BB cream and tinted lip balm,” says Nikita. To which Pavithra adds, “I don’t wear make up on a daily basis. At the most, I might dab some sheer pressed powder and chapstick. For a night out with friends, I like to go with a neutral eye/bold lip colour look.”
Despite pulling off a high fashion and elaborate wardrobe, the duo likes to stick to the basic essentials when it comes to their skincare regime – face wash, a cleanser, a good sunscreen and keeping hydrated. “I also make sure I remove every bit of makeup with Johnson’s baby oil before I go to sleep,” shares Pavithra.
Talking about her fashion evolution, she candidly confesses, “I remember matching my accessories with my clothes from as early as my school days! Although that may now seem as a terrible fashion faux pas, in my head I always thought I had it right. Of course, age and a bit of travel have improved my sensibilities and taste in fashion. That being said, there is nothing sexier than being confident in one’s own skin.”
With temperatures touching new highs, the latest go-to-girls for style solutions in the city suggest the tried and tested white or pastel fabrics for the summer. “Loose clothes, lots of linen, a cool pair of sunglasses, comfortable sandals and lots of sunscreen!” says Nikita, while cotton shift dresses, shorts and culotte jumpsuits with espadrilles or gladiator sandals are Pavithra’s summer staples.
Most comfortable in?
Pavithra: Jeans, t-shirt & flats.
Nikita: PJs to be honest (laughs)
Colours that flatter you?
Pavithra: Deep shades of blue and green. I also like Black, oxblood and grey
Nikita: I stick to earthy tones
Pavithra: Straight fit pants or jeans with a smart blouse or crisp shirt
Nikita: A pair of well fitted jeans and a top
Pavithra: Narciso Rodriguez for Her
Nikita: Alien by Thierry Mugler
Location Courtesy: The Vintage Cabana, Hilton Chennai