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Revisiting classics

During a quick four-day trip to India, I went to Kolkata, one of my favourite places, as it holds its culture very strongly, with its colonial constructions and trams, writes Manish Malhotra.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2010 12:15 IST
Manish Malhotra

During a quick four-day trip to India, I went to Kolkata, one of my favourite places, as it holds its culture very strongly, with its colonial constructions and trams.

I got back to Prague just yesterday, and today, we are filming at an old Opera theatre. Vintage paintings on the ceilings, huge chandeliers, gold carvings with an old world charm — all of it draws my attention to ‘tradition’.

Like in Kolkata, I see here in Prague too, a classic timeless feel. Is being timeless-classic truly stylish? Or, mixing classic styles with contemporary-ness being more stylish? This is just like a modern minimalist interior with an element or two of a classic wall-painting or a traditional chair. The mix is always interesting.

In fashion, timeless classics will always be stylish. We keep going back to old styles like those of 60s, 70s, 80s or even the vintage 40s. A classic black dress can be worn with classic jewellery and shoes, or if you want to funk it up, team it with fun shoes, maybe fuchsia pink, or a contrast bag.

A classic suit can be worn with a contemporary shirt or a tie, a classic sari worn with a modern blouse, or a modern sari worn with an antique old-world jewellery piece. The vintage look keeps coming back on the international ramps, and the classic-vintage look will always stay.

So, ladies, don’t throw away your old shawls, saris or jewellery, and men, don’t do away with your old ties, shirts and shoes. Mix them with seasonal trends. Also, is today’s true style statement ‘classic’?

Black and white jewelled tones and my personal favourite, beige, will always remain stylish. As I dress Nargis here in Prague, in the traditional Czech costume, I realise that styles all over the world are so celebrated. Like our traditional, classic clothes.