Most Mallu thing about me? My love for spicy food and my ass: Nikhil Thampi gets personal
The fashion designer who has become the darling of the Bollywood divas, talks about fashion, obsession and indulgencebrunch Updated: May 13, 2017 22:20 IST
- Birthday: November 4
- Sunsign: Scorpio
- Place of birth: Mumbai
- School/college: Bombay Cambridge School and Bombay Scottish School, and Mithibai College of Arts
- First Break:Designed costumes for Shiamak Davar
- High point of your life: When I was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 list, winning the Grazia Young Fashion Award, and most recently, the HT Most Stylish Award
- Low point of your life: Not any yet, touchwood!
- Currently I am: Working on a collection with LIVA Crème, a natural fabric
You graduated in psychology and your family is into aviation. How did you then end up in the fashion industry?
It was all thanks to this close friend of mine.
During a fashion week, she emotionally blackmailed me to help set up her stall and that’s when I entered the world of fashion!
What is the best part about not having undergone any formal training or having a mentor in your field?
Thanks to that, I’ve learnt on the job by interacting with the karigars and working within constraints.
Describe your fashion aesthetic...
It’s not about feeling the fabric, but fabricating one’s feelings.
You have dressed almost all top Bollywood heroines. Who do you think looks best in your creations?
This is like asking a mother to choose her favourite child! I attribute a major part of my success to the leading ladies of Bollywood and working with each one of them was a dream come true for me.
Three celebrities you wish to dress?
Charlize Theron, Priyanka Chopra and Angelina Jolie.
One trend you never see yourself following...
Oversized organic clothes
The most Mallu thing about you...
The love for spicy food and my ass!
One accessory you are obsessed with...
Sunglasses! I have 375 pairs. My father will throw me out of the house if I get any more!
One superpower you wish you had...
I wish I could disappear whenever I wanted to, or at least be able to fly out!
What is the most bizarre thing that you have ever done?
I had once gone deep-sea diving with the sharks. That was kind of crazy!
Your favourite memory while growing up...
Having Sunday lunch with my granddad.
Three things people don’t know about you...
I am a true-blue romantic, I cry during movies and I love driving with my dogs.
You are a trained dancer. What’s your favourite move at any party?
Shimmy. That always works for me!
If you were to invite three people (alive, dead or imaginary) over for dinner, who would they be?
Definitely Harry Potter, Coco Gabrielle Chanel and Tilda Swinton.
The most expensive thing you have ever bought...
My Tom Ford suit.
What is the one thing that’ll make make you swipe right on Tinder?
A set of beautiful lips!
What is the worst pick-up line used on you or one that you have used?
“Do you like sex on the beach and I don’t mean the drink.”
- Movie: Lamhe and The Harry Potter series
- Holiday destination: London or Italy
- Designer: Anamika Khanna
- Song: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
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From HT Brunch, May 14, 2017
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