During our multiple conversations over coffee, before we had started The Hanger Tales, the girls and I always wanted to feature designers who were unique in their sense of style and fashion and bring them forth to a larger audience.
We got this opportunity when I bumped into one such designer at Select CityWalk in Delhi. The woman under spotlight is Shafiqua Gulri. So, one Friday evening I actually landed at one of her exhibition stalls.
Shafiqua, a young designer from Delhi, has actually majored in Psychology from Canada and never went to a design school. So how did she become a designer? She was quite a design enthusiast since childhood when she would buy fabrics galore and create different designs with them.
She started working as a stylist in Canada at a French boutique, Tristan. This was the phase where she was completely obsessed with winter coats. But once she was back in India, she came out with her range of summer clothing and started designing professionally.
The first thing that anyone would notice about her designs is that they are very contemporary and wearable. Shafiqua’s influences come from all the places she has travelled to such as Canada, Middle East, South East Asia and Europe.
Her designs are very bohemian with bright colours, flowy fabrics and asymmetrical prints. She believes that her collection is a reflection of her personality and it is how she creatively showcases the person that she is.
Her latest range has bright coloured shirts with teacups and antique stamps prints. The designs are an impression of her love for collecting these items.
I was also very inquisitive what her personal style would belike. She herself is very bohemian and loves to shop everywhere from road side places like Sarojini Nagar to high end stores like Bershka.
She likes to dress up in long, collared kurtas and buttons all the way to the knee with palazzos and a belt if she is stepping out for the day.
According to her, skinny jeans is one trend that is here to stay. As you can wear them from formal occasions where you can dress them up and a casual day too. There is so much happening in this trend now from polka dots to floral and tribal prints.
Finally, her advice to other young designers was,“There is a lot of competition, so be different. Bring your own personality forth through your designs. You are your best model.”
If you loved her designs, go like her page on Facebook and she will update you about her latest happenings.
Embrace your inner bohemian with a Shafiqua Gulri design!