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Teju's Fashion Track
FSJ November, 2012

Statesque on the ramp, sensuous before the camera, Gauhar Khan has always strutted between two worlds with ease – Hindi cinema (she was the whore with a heart in this year’s Ishaqzaade) and live theatre (stage acting, fashion modelling et al). In either world, putting her best foot forward, err, her long leg out glamorously is part of the job. And now she has added a third to her resume – a talk show with her sister Nigaar. Here’s how GAUHAR does it all.

How did you get into the fashion industry?
At the age of 17 my father introduced me to the Femina Miss India Pageant. It was a dream for me to participate in something so big and this led me to be one of the Top 5 in the Pageant in 2002, from where I went on to win the Femina Miss India International title. After that there was no looking back for me in the fashion industry.

Are you into street fashion? If ‘yes’, from where do you pick up stuff?
Yes, I can spend hours doing street shopping, it’s one of the best places to get the best bargains in town. I love to frequent Sarojini Nagar Market in Delhi. Since my work involves a lot of travel I always explore different markets in cities worldwide. Another one of my favorites is the Sierra market in Bangkok.

Who designed the fashions for the big, Broadway-like musical Zangoora that you’ve been doing in Gurgaon? How did you manage the costumes for such a big production?
Neeta Lulla is the designer for Zangoora which I’m still doing. I love the overall look that she has designed for me. I don’t have to stress too much on managing the costumes because Neeta has done a fab job on them keeping in mind the kind of dances and stunts my character Lachhi does on stage.

Who does the fashions for your films?
I portrayed Sameera Shroff in the movie Game. It was the role of a high-end executive and Jaimal Odedra styled me for it. My other movies Rocket Singh and Ishaqzaade were more performance-oriented and hence the emphasis on my costumes was a little less compared to Game. I enjoyed the different looks in all my movies.

About your show The Khan Sisters which was like Meet The Kardashians, did you dress up in your own clothes or was there a stylist on the show?
I loved and really felt fortunate to be a part of it with my (older) sister Nigaar. Because of it my fans got to know my personal life and it allowed me to form a real connect with them. I used my own clothes and had to manage on my own because they wanted to know my real life. But I wish I could have got a stylist for it.

Do you share your wardrobe with Nigaar? Are your tastes different or similar?
Yes, we share each other’s wardrobe. As we both wear the same size, it makes my life easier to be up-to-date with new trends in the market because I trust Nigaar’s taste blindly. But our taste in clothes is definitely different. She prefers more basic and simple combinations and is not too keen on experimenting with her clothes. I am a little bolder in terms of mixing and matching.


Fave shoe
There are so many of my favourites. If I really have to pick one it’s got to be a pair of my Christian Louboutin’s which cost me a bomb on one of my visits to Dubai.

Fave bag
Carlo Fellini/Burberry.

Fave fashion destination

New York and London.

Fave fashion-film
Confessions Of A Shopaholic.

Fave fashion tip
For me style is comfort.

By Celebrity Fashion Editor
Tejaswini Kolhapure

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