Tanvi Shah gives us a head start to the festivities with her pick of wardrobe essentials.
She broke into the Indian music scene in 2004, crooning for AR Rahman in Aayutha Ezhuthu. Apart from a Grammy, numerous awards and successful cross-national ventures, city-based Tanvi Shah has also consistently made news for her sartorial choices. With Diwali around the corner, and embroidery being the flavour of the season, the singer-songwriter gives us her pick of wardrobe necessities.
Shah picks Mademoiselle, by French perfume baron Chanel, for its subtle mix of orange blossom, vanilla, white musk, vetiver and jasmine. Designed by Jacques Polge, it has woody notes and the singer says she loves it for its long-lasting fragrance. Rs 4,803 approximately (for 35 ml). At Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 66513606
Embrace the gypsy in you with this Gem Salinas clutch from Accessorize. The beige envelope clutch comes with bright embellishments complete with turquoise beading and pink pom poms. The perfect pop for an understated ensemble. Rs 5,870. Details: polyvore.com
Birds on your feet
While she loves her jodhpuris, a night out dancing will also see her reaching for quirky juthis. Like Fizzy Goblet’s hand embroidered silk and phulkari ones, with double cushioning for comfort. The pair with the parrots sitting pretty on the upper, comes in blue-and-green and black-and-red. Rs 2,950 at Maalgaadi. Details: 42103242
This timepiece from Glasshutte Originals is Shah’s go-to for special occasions. Made of 18k rose gold, with scratch-resistant crystals and a brown-diamond studded dial, the watch is from their Pavonina collection.
Rs 21,13,470 approximately. Details: watchesonnet.com
Step it up in these metallic sandals from Guiseppe Zanotti. The Italian-made stilettos come with patented mirror gold leather and buckle-fastening ankle straps, making it simple yet sophisticated. “They go well with traditional and western outfits. I feel one can never go wrong with these,” Shah says.
Rs 69,314. Details: net-a-porter.com
The singer tells us that the secret to her flawless complexion is her Laura Merceir foundation. With its light-reflecting pigments, it gives her skin a beautiful glow, while keeping it hydrated (Rs 3,220 approximately, lauramercier.com). She pairs it with the Naked contouring palette from Urban Decay, and swears by its silk bronzer, highlighter and blush. Rs 2,150 at Sephora, DLF Promenade, New Delhi. Details: 011 4180559
Shah loves her nose rings; a simple accessory to amp up any outfit.
Mohh India’s silver naath— bejewelled with a pink hydro-pearl—is a great pick to team with a lehenga. She suggests you go with a beige and gold sari, while keeping the rest of your jewellery minimal. Rs 1,450. Details: jaypore.com
While she prefers to riffle through her mum’s heirloom saris for special occasions, she is also a fan of Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s
creations. This handwoven red Benarasi cotton from the designer, with brocade on either side, is perfect for the celebrations. On trend with its gold, pink and green threadwork (featuring bird motifs), it is available for Rs 49,500 at their flagship store in Mumbai.
The singer likes lehengas that twirl and swears by Tarun Tahiliani for her desi fix. This red and beige brocade lehenga sari comes with a kasab-embroidered red blouse and dupatta, complete with beads and tassel embellishments. With generous use of viscose satin and soft net tissue, this regal piece will make a statement at any outing. Rs 89,900 at Collage. Details: 42013662
Bold and beautiful
“I prefer keeping my ornaments minimal. Just a few statement pieces and I am sorted,” says Shah.
Her favourite is this antique necklace and earring set from Devraj Nensee. The handmade gold pieces are set with rubies, uncut diamonds and emeralds, a showstopper if we ever saw one. Rs 12.25 lakh at their store on Chamiers Road. Details: 24348765