Ahana Deol is all set to take a break some place outside India, during which she intends to pack in a couple of courses that she’s been planning on doing for a while now. “Once I’m back in India, around Diwali, I’ll unveil my bridal line,” says Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s younger daughter whose new collection, Summer Almost Gone, under the brand name of Divinorum, will be on show at The Club, Juhu, today and tomorrow.
A mix of casual summer and comfortable monsoon wear, the exhibition also includes an eco-friendly line of yoga mat bags, cushion covers and jackets under the name of Magic Elephants. Ahana says, “I’d like to add more stuff to this line and in future go completely eco-friendly, even though I know it won’t be easy. I’m a go green person myself and recycle is my mantra.”
Dismissing rumours about getting into acting or direction, she admits to having written a few scripts in the last couple of years. “But there are no plans of making a movie. As for acting, I’m not interested in big banners or the romantic formula. If I do follow in the footsteps of my parents and sister Esha, it will have to be something substantial,” Ahana says. “Right now, my focus is on fashion designing. Earlier, I used to design only for flea markets, but now I’m upping the scale and once my website goes up, I’ll start taking orders online.”
What about costume designing? “I have designed for all the artistes on the reality TV show India’s Got Talent, but I’m not sure if I want to get into that space. I’m happy designing for my sister, cousins, friends and their friends. The idea currently is to expand and go a little more commercial.”
‘I’d give Esha a ghagra-choli’
When asked what she would design for Esha on her wedding day, Ahana says, “Whenever I design for a bride, I’m not governed so much by the ‘what’s in’ trends as I am by skin colour and height of the person. Esha with her fair Punjabi skin looks great in red, as also sea green and royal peacock blue. She carries off saris very well and for her wedding day would probably go for the South Indian look. But for other functions, I’d like to give her a ghagra-choli.”
And what would she design for her mom, Hema? She says, “I’ve seen mom in saris umpteen times so I’d prefer her in a flowing Anarkali with a barely seen churidar. I personally love Anarkalis too.”