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Teju's Fashion Track
FSJ January, 2013

Fashion isn’t derived from a single inspiration – it is an inventive expression of a state of mind inspired by surrounding elements like art, music and people.”

Designer Gaviin Miguel set foot into the fashion industry 11 years ago putting this motto into practice. Unconventional, eclectic and multifarious with a unique colour palette and abstract embroidery detailing, in a play with untraditional textures, Gaviin’s signature designs are strong fashion statements, fitted to the body type, exuding glamour and perfection.

An extremely sought-after prêt and bespoke designer, Gaviin’s collections are targeted at the fashion forward connoisseurs of style. With collections retailing in Durban, Dubai, Munich, Delhi and Mumbai, his unrestricted and universal influence is constantly widely appreciated.

In India, Gaviin Miguel has styled an array of celebrities that include Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi and Kangana Ranaut.

He has also styled and created designs for films, music videos, ad films, shows and celebrity calendars.

Gaviin is the co-founder of 7 Chakras, a company that helps source unique one-off clothes and accessories from around the world, for a variety of clients.

With a show coming up in Dubai, quick, let’s meet Gaviin before he flies out.

Gaviin, how did you get started with designing?
Designing has been a very strong part of my growing up as it was one of the businesses of my family. I was intrigued but got strongly involved only after college. Before that I did a few fashion shows and styled some shows.

Any formal training for the same?
My only education in fashion was that I was a part of my mother’s workshop and I guess being taught the techniques without any theory work. But for me it didn’t end there. A lot of self-study and trial and error made me realize how much there was to learn in this art form. I am still learning everyday and that’s what makes this very interesting for me.

What was your first assignment?
One of my first assignments was to do a collection for a show in London, through an agent, for another design house. It was interesting yet very nerve-racking. After that I styled a show for a jewellery house, from there to styling for magazines. One of my first shoots was for a film magazine where I styled Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Koena Mitra, Celina Jaitley and a few others which was a big challenge.

 “My latest project Krrish 3 has been so far the best

What has been your best work so far?
This is my passion and I think all the jobs that I do give me immense pleasure. I look forward to doing more. I love challenges and my latest project Krrish 3 has been so far the best challenge. Also, from the advertising point I have had a great time creating various looks for the Raheja calendars.

For the Blenders Pride show who was your show-stopper?
I had different show-stoppers for the tour. But most importantly they all had a similar vibe in that I could see them all as strong individuals. There was Kangana, Dipannita, Lisa Haydon, Shahzaan Padamsee. Great girls to work with.

Do you think show-stoppers are important?
Show-stoppers are like an added value to a designer’s show. I have used only my friends from the industry for fun shows, not for business shows like Fashion Week.

Which films and commercials have you designed for?
I have never been involved in an entire film. However, there are many films with me on board or with my company 7 Chakras sourcing clothes for other stylists. It’s fun to work with other stylists too.

“Today films are getting more realistic, so it’s even more interesting. Clothes become a part of the story” - Gaviin

How different are commercials from films?
Ad films and feature films are two different entities from one capsule. An ad film tells a story in 15, 30 and 60 seconds. It’s crucial to get the styling right, something that should be eye-catching and memorable. Films are all character-based. For Bollywood one can stretch the imagination. Today films are getting more realistic, so it’s even more interesting. Clothes have become a part of the story.

“2013: I’d love to see Kangana take fashion forward. She is someone to watch for”- Gaviin

A prediction for 2013 – which actress do you think will take fashion forward?

2013: I’d love to see Kangana Ranaut take fashion forward. She is someone to watch for.

             GAVIIN’S BEST

Model: Mashoom Singha and Krishna

Actress: Tabu, Kangana and Lara

Muse: All body forms and mannequins and my  workplace

Bollywood: Has made me learn the pros and cons of business

Designer: Lanvin and Gucci

By Celebrity Fashion Editor
Tejaswini Kolhapure

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