Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Nikhil Thampi - A Candid Interview with the Designer of the Moment



Fashion in India gets a jolt of new-age and quirky elegance, an element of daring originality–thanks to Nikhil Thampi. Yes,with his incredible talent and inventive approach, he is the man of the moment in the fashion industry in India. A psychology graduate, with no formal education in design, he has definitely proved that one doesn’t understand or interpret fashion by simply studying in a design school, it is about knowing, embracing and expressing your innate creativity, which is unique to you.
From red carpet events to fashion magazine editorials and ad-campaign, Nikhil’s creations are everywhere now-a-days, which is almost becoming a sartorial delight in itself. A host of celluloid beauties, Maduri Dixit, Kajol, Vidya Balan (undoubtedly one of her best look), Sonam Kapoor, Anushka and Chitrangada to name a few have worn his designs with great élan. There is no iota of doubt, the man has firmly established himself and is at the top of his game, and he knows it too - devoid of any arrogance.During my interaction with him, I realised that Nikhil’s humility and effortless charisma comes from his strong sense of direction and belief in his creative abilities. In this exclusive interview with Stylefluid Trendz, Nikhil Thampi gives us an insight into his creative vision, success and much more.
Stylefluid Trendz: You did not study fashion in a design school, rather you are a psychology graduate. How did your fashion adventure begin?

Nikhil: Such is life, isn’t it [pause]…never goes the way we plan it. I was always intrigued to learn human behaviour, hence psychology. After graduating I was roped into my family business of aviation. While getting used to the trick and trade of the business, a close friend decided to debut at LFW and I was emotionally blackmailed to help her set up, that was my first step in fashion. I knew I was always inclined to arts and fashion but never thought I would make this my career… (a secret I wish to share I ain’t too sure yet ssshhh…) [smiles]. Seeing my keen interest and passion towards fashion, family and friends were after my life to give this career a shot…they quoted my “creative itch” needs to be satisfied and that’s when I applied to gen-next at LFW and out of 900 odd applicants only 8 were selected and I was one of them.  
"I clicked on it out of curiosity and started reading through his biography, the first line read, "he was known for his STYLISTIC INDEPENDENCE" and I was sold to his story".

Stylefluid Trendz: How did your fashion adventure begin? Do you bring in an element of psychology to your design philosophy/principle?
               
Nikhil: Partially mentioned in the first question….
Besides that, I give human and human emotions a forefront in everything I do and also had to inculcate the same trait when it came to fashion. I believe and strongly follow a simple mantra, “it’s not about feeling the fabric, it’s about fabricating ones feelings.” So, yes psychology helps me to a large extent to give my stylistic independence the right shape and form.
 Stylefluid Trendz: Your Resort /Cruise 2013 collection was inspired by Richard Artschwager’s art work.  I am inquisitive to know, how was your interest in exploring the boundary between art and fashion originally sparked? Was it a challenge to translate art into wearable fashion, especially in India?
Nikhil: Well, it was one fine morning that I was at ease and thought of catching up with what’s happening around the world, that’s when I stumbled upon an article of the demise of an artist par excellence, Richard Artschwager, all I saw was a thumbnail which caught my eye. I clicked on it out of curiosity and started reading through his biography, the first line read, “he was known for his STYLISTIC INDEPENDENCE” and I was sold to his story. Nothing extraordinary about his life but his ideologies, his life style, his personality traits very much matched to that of mine and then I saw his art work, mesmerised I was with the dominant use of straight lines, two tone colour palate, the clean and crisp work everything inspired me to a large extent. I had already conceptualised a couple of looks prior to reading about him but it just fell right in place and that's when I thought of giving him an ode via my collection. 
Was it difficult to translate his vision, no not really!!! I didn’t lose myself in the bargain yes I added a little bit of him in my vision which paid off to a large extent.

"fun, fierce, comfortable in her skin, a man in the man’s world, experimental, overtly emotional, die hard romantic, would compile to be the IDEAL NT Woman"


Stylefluid Trendz: What have been the key drivers behind your success within such a short span of time? What did you do differently?

Nikhil: Honestly, I don’t think so much…I just do what I wish to do [smiles].Every individual has a medium to express themselves, some speak it out, some dance it out, some write it out and here am I, this is me and I am expressing.
I do what my heart says and not what my head orders.So I guess the INDEPENDENCE, being INDIVIDUALIST and being ORIGINAL are the key drivers behind my journey so far….Success is still a long way.



Stylefluid Trendz: How would you describe your design vocabulary?
Nikhil: Well I love volume, I love drama, I love the oomph factor but to top it all I love simplicity… so one would always see basic, fuss free, statement clothing from my label.



Stylefluid Trendz: Who do you think is the ideal Nikhil Thampi (NT) woman?

Nikhil: [laughs]… a woman with well fitted denims, a boyfriend shirt, red lips, geeky glasses, messy hair and flats is the ideal NT Woman.But then if I got to describe her in adjectives…fun, fierce, comfortable in her skin, a man in the man’s world, experimental, overtly emotional, die hard romantic, would compile to be the IDEAL NT Woman…. Ahhh...isn’t this like telling a child there is no Santa Claus [laughs].


Stylefluid Trendz: You are one of those very few designers in the country, designing for both men and women. What do you have to say about men’s fashion in India?

Nikhil: To my surprise there is a diversity of thinking between cities when it comes to men’s fashion. Yes, men’s fashion is dwelling, there is a lot of awareness being spread about men’s wear. Men today are breaking the cliché and daring to experiment. When we talk about fashion, which is astonishing, said that, men in Delhi are way more receptive to experimental stuff as compared to men in Bombay. The geographical difference amuses me but then it’s the change of thinking too I guess. 


Stylefluid Trendz: As a new entrant, what would be your advice to aspiring designers?

Nikhil: PLEASE FOLLOW YOUR HEART and not the worldly trends, be a trendsetter not a trend follower…. Be original, be real, be emotional and you will be accepted with open arms. 



Stylefluid Trendz:
What’s next for you?


Nikhil: I have got a lot in the pipeline. Ideating for Winter Festive where I will be showing my first ever semi bridal wear.Along with that I am also working on a Bollywood film, which for me, is a dream project, with a dream film maker and dream star cast. Also expanding and channelizing by distribution to a large extent.


And, praying that I keep being showered with all the love and appreciation.

“THIS FEELS LIKE A DREAM, I DON’T WISH TO WAKE UP FROM”. [and he signs off]



















































4 comments:

  1. This one's fabulous!Looking forward to see more of his designs

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hello from France
    I am very happy to welcome you!
    Your blog has been accepted in Asia India______N°359 a minute!
    We ask you to follow the blog "Directory"
    Following our blog will gives you twice as many possibilities of visits to your blog!
    Thank you for your understanding.
    On the right side, in the "green list", you will find all the countries and if you click them, you will find the names of blogs from that Country.
    Invite your friends to join us in the "directory"!
    The creation of this new blog "directory" allows a rapprochement between different countries, a knowledge of different cultures and a sharing of different traditions, passions, fashion, paintings, crafts, cooking,
    photography and poetry. So you will be able to find in different countries other people with passions similar to your ones.
    We are fortunate to be on the Blogspot platform that offers the opportunity to speak to the world.
    The more people will join, the more opportunities everyone will have. And yes, I confess, I need people to know this blog!
    You are in some way the Ambassador of this blog in your Country.
    This is not a personal blog, I created it for all to enjoy.
    SO, you also have to make it known to your contacts and friends in your blog domain: the success of this blog depends on all Participants.
    So, during your next comments with your friends, ask them to come in the 'Directory' by writing in your comments:
    *** I am in the directory come join me! ***
    You want this directory to become more important? Help me to make it grow up!
    Your blog is in the list Asia India______N°359 and I hope this list will grow very quickly
    Regards
    Chris
    We ask that you follow our blog and place a badge of your choice on your blog, in order to introduce the "directory" to your friends.
    http://nsm05.casimages.com/img/2012/09/06/12090603083012502810288938.gif
    http://nsm05.casimages.com/img/2012/03/19/120319072128505749603643.gif
    http://nsm05.casimages.com/img/2012/07/12/12071211040212502810092867.gif
    http://nsm05.casimages.com/img/2012/03/28/120328020518505749640557.gif
    http://nsm05.casimages.com/img/2012/03/15/1203150723211250289584870.png
    http://nsm05.casimages.com/img/2012/09/21/12092110155912502810343002.gif

    If you want me to know the blog of your friends, send me their urls which allows a special badge in the list of your country
    I see that you know many people in your country, you can try to get them in the directory?
    Please! Actively support the "Directory" by making known to your friends! Thank you! "Unity is strength"
    Not need an invitation to join the Directory. Any person who makes the request is entered
    WE ASK YOU TO FOLLOW OUR BLOG "DIRECTORY"
    New on the site
    Ranking of Countries
    Invite your friends know made ??
    the website to raise your ranking in the Country



    PLEASE IMPERATIVE !
    Maintenance of the "Directory" blog labor intensive
    Please follow our blog at your request to join this community!
    thank you

    ReplyDelete
  3. The post is written in very a good manner and it contains many useful information for me.Online Shopping

    ReplyDelete
  4. Very happy to say your post is very interesting to read.I never stop myself to say something about it.You’re doing a great job.Keep it up

    Fashion Designing courses

    ReplyDelete