Masoom Minawala’s newest look on the 2021 Cannes Film Festival received everybody speaking. The content material creator made India proud when she walked the crimson carpet wanting lovely in a Manish Malhotra sari.

Although she has emerged as a style icon at present, Minawala’s journey began in an workplace in Mumbai, the place she interned with a designer. During this time, she was additionally launched to the idea of running a blog.

“It was still a fresh path and a fairly new one in India. That was the time when I was completely intrigued with blogging and I went home to immediately set up my own website and began posting fashion blogs on it. It was an exciting experience, to begin with, and although it was a whole new ballgame as compared to today’s Instagram age, I’m glad I took it up,” she says.

Currently, Minawala has over a million followers on Instagram and it contains many A-listers: from celeb designer Sandeep Khosla to actor Neetu Kapoor. The bio on her web page reads, “Taking Indian fashion to the world” and that’s precisely what she has been attempting to attain by way of her work.

In an interplay with, the worldwide influencer and entrepreneur talks about her Cannes expertise, love for Indian tradition, and the enjoyment of representing Indian style globally.

This was your second time at Cannes Film Festival. How completely different was the expertise from the pre-pandemic instances?

It was an expertise that’s incomparable and completely exhilarating! Although this was not my first time strolling the Cannes crimson carpet, it did really feel like that in some ways. The first time was marked by pure pleasure, however this time it was additionally full of a way of satisfaction of sporting an Indian designer and standing for my nation and its style. The pageant required us to take care of sure precautions this time but it surely was undoubtedly a breath of recent air to be out and about just like the outdated instances.

What did you take into account whereas choosing your outfit for the crimson carpet?

Since I used to be representing India on the crimson carpet, I knew that I needed to put on one thing that mirrored my nation and my mission of taking Indian style international. So, I used to be wearing a pearl white saree, outlined by silver sequin work throughout it. I couldn’t have requested for a greater outfit that really represented my imaginative and prescient for the pageant.

How did the collaboration with Manish Malhotra come about?

Manish Malhotra’s remaining work mirrored precisely what I had envisioned my crimson carpet outfit as. It was quintessentially Indian and carried that assertion aptitude that the pageant is all about. All in all, I couldn’t have requested for a greater style accomplice for the pageant.

“Manish Malhotra’s final work reflected exactly what I had envisioned my red carpet outfit as,” says Minawala. (Source: PR Handout)

From dahi shakkar to kala tika, you shared a video the place you’re seen following all desi rituals earlier than heading to Cannes.

I’ve all the time been very vocal about how a lot I like my tradition and every part that comes with it. Especially as a Gujarati born and introduced up by a basic Indian household, after I moved to Europe, I introduced these values with me. More than behavior, these rituals are additionally extra in regards to the perception they’re hooked up with, and I regard them with the identical significance I used to be taught.

You expressed in an Instagram put up that you just didn’t really feel such as you ‘belong’ at an occasion like Cannes. 

I completely liked representing India and Indian style on the crimson carpet of the pageant. I used to be in awe of the vibe that surrounded me there, the long-lasting personalities round, and every part that Cannes stands for. But, on the similar time, I usually felt a little bit misplaced and I felt like I needed to attempt too laborious at instances to slot in with the remainder of the gang, which made me really feel like I didn’t belong. But, I’m certain the following time I’m going there, I’ll be much more assured.

Masoom Minawala in a surprising yellow costume at Cannes. (Source: PR Handout)

What does style imply to you?

Fashion to me is about expressing my private type and simply my general persona. I consider my private type is etched with consolation and on the similar time, an experimental edge. So, for me, it’s all about exuding my persona.

Does Indian style lack sufficient international attain/illustration?

Although issues are altering, there’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go for Indian style to achieve that international illustration. And that’s precisely what my motive has been–to empower and assist Indian style in addition to designers. Through my marketing campaign, #HelpIndianDesigners, I’ve managed to assist promote a number of manufacturers even on worldwide lands and I hope to do higher 12 months on 12 months.

Many designers at the moment are specializing in sustainable style. What is your tackle it?

Adopting sustainable methods and reusable style will not be even a alternative; it doesn’t need to be. It must be a necessity and an integral pillar of style. I really feel that sustainable style is as a lot a approach I can channelise my creativity as it’s the want of the hour. If you take a look at it, recycling and reusing outdated garments is a good way to precise your creativity.

With most of us choosing common clothes manufacturers, do you suppose the handloom trade, conventional weavers are dropping out?

Not in any respect! Today, all of us have gotten increasingly aware and introspective about our purchasing habits, sustainable style practices, and craftsmens’ welfare, too. This mindfulness is resulting in increasingly empowerment of our conventional handloom trade. Moreover, these time-honoured crafts are getting a contemporary spin to maintain up with the ever-changing style of the style trade, thereby receiving extra highlight. Through one in every of my campaigns, #IndiaIlLove collection, I contribute to educating my viewers on these crafts and ensuring the neighborhood appreciates our crafts, handlooms and weaves as a lot as we admire our couture.


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