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Personal Agenda

Born in Jalandhar, Mandira Wirk is a designer par excellence. Groomed with a sense of luxury, modernism, feminity and romanticism, Wirk is presently working as an official designer for Indian Diva — Miss Universe India

brunch Updated: Aug 18, 2013 13:35 IST

Fashion Designer: Mandira Wirk

Birthday: November 27

Place of Birth: Jalandhar, Punjab

Sun sign: Sagittarius

Hometown: Delhi

high point of your life: My brand’s association with Bollywood, the inauguration of my first store by actress Rekha and styling actor Saif Ali Khan

Low point of your life: Hope it never comeshttp://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/8/wirk%20new%20new_compressed.jpg

First break: Getting hired by fashion designer Rina Dhaka on my return from London College of Fashion

Currently i am... Working as the official designer for Indian Diva — Miss Universe India


A Punjabi dish to die for: I’m a vegetarian, so it would be paneer with makhni, vegetable biryani, phirni and jalebi

Your favourite Punjabi slang: Changa changa

If not a fashion designer, you would have been… A lawyer. Now, I am married to one

Your tailor messed up and the deadline is close, what is your strategy in a crisis? Practice ‘yes breathing’, a yoga technique that helps one stay calm and focussed. I am a very positive person and have learnt to make things work even in a crisis

Five must-have outfits in every girl’s wardrobe: A little black dress; a drape saree with a versatile blouse, a vibrant cocktail gown, well-fitted jeans, trousers or even palazzos; panelled anarkali or any Indian suit

How many pairs of jeans do you own? Around eight — cropped, casual, bootleg and skinny jeans

What are the three things you would do if you could? Play tennis and the piano and travel more

A workout you swear by: Cardio and strength excercises along with yoga

A gadget you can’t do without: My iPhone 5, iPad and BlackBerry 10

The last line of your autobiography would read: I lived life to the fullest

Which colours dominate your wardrobe? White, baby pink, coral, navy and black

An outfit you can never go wrong with: My signature gowns

Three designers you’d like to invite for dinner: Ashish Soni, Raghavendra Rathore and Payal Jain

Your favourite street food: Golgappe and shakkar ghandi

If you could jet set to anywhere in the world, where would it be? London, Paris, Milan and New York

Who is your 3 am friend? My husband

What will we find on your bedside table? Lots of books

You de-stress with... Playing with my two-year-old baby Kyra, doing yoga, cycling and listening to music

You have five minutes to pack, what will you take? All my gadgets, chargers, wallet, jeans and tee

A little black dress or a black sari? A black sari for sure

An accessory you’d kill to own: Christian Louboutin’s new stilettos in crystal

Your favourite international designers: Valentino and Giorgio Armani

Your favourite showstoppers: Saif Ali Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Sushmita Sen

Your favourite place to showcase your designs in: Punjab, as I was born here and am a deep-rooted Punjabi girl

Interviewed by
Lovedeep Kaur Sidhu