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My fabulous Friday: Masaba Gupta

The 26-year-old designer, touted as Indian fashion’s princess of prints, on her style inspiration, beauty regimen, secret to a happy life and penning an autobiography

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
11 Apr 2016 | 02:33 pm
  • Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut wears a Masaba Gupta (right) creation.

    Source:Supplied

EARLY TO RISE

I wake up around 7:30am to green tea and a breakfast of fresh fruits, coconut water and multigrain toast with peanut butter. I then get some exercise – yoga or pilates – and dive right into planning my workday and other activities.

JEWEL HIGHS

As far as shopping goes, I love to splurge on jewellery from [the Indian brand] Amrapali. It’s known for creating statement pieces that are a mix of modern elements and old-world charm. In fact, I’ve inherited this love as my mum has been wearing their pieces for years.

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THE ORIGINALS

My mum, Neena Gupta, is my style icon. She has a very contemporary and chic style that has deeply influenced my work. She would always mix and match to give her outfits new life with swatches of fabric, changed borders, etc.

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SCARLET SECRETS

I never leave home without some eyeliner and lipstick on. It’s got to be a shade of red or orange. My Christian Louboutin red lip colour is my favourite for the perfect pout.

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DUBAI HERE AND NOW

I consider New York to be the most stylish destination in the world, but London wins as my favourite shopping destination. I love visiting Dubai too, and have been here many times for numerous shows and exhibitions. Dubaiites love our saris featuring quirky block prints of cameras and cows and the bright, vibrant colours my label is known for.

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DISCONNECT TO CONNECT

Over the week I have my plate full with my label House of Masaba. During my day off, I switch off completely and spend time with my film-producer husband Madhu Mantena (40), mum and friends with a relaxed dinner at our Mumbai home.

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FROM NEEDLES TO the PEN

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is my all-time favourite. I’ve recently taken the step from being a voracious reader to becoming an author, with my book The Masaba Print. It’s an account of my unusual upbringing and professional achievements.

SOCIALLY HOOKED

It was great fun being the first designer to showcase a collection live on Instagram during Lakmé Fashion Week SS15. The digital runway gave my 200,000 followers front-row views of the show while it was happening! I’m personally hooked 
to Instagram!

CRICKET CALLING

I am a huge cricket fan and catch an IPL (Indian Premier League) game whenever possible. I always root for Chennai Super Kings. Even though my dad – legendary West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards – is so accomplished, I’ve never wanted to be one. I did aspire to be a tennis player as a child and trained for a long time. The mental and physical strength and discipline sportspeople have are admirable.

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer