Akshata Shetty

Akshata Shetty

Mumbai-based Akshata Shetty writes on Fashion and Lifestyle, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT Cafe

Articles by Akshata Shetty
Fashion designers Sukriti Grover and Aakriti Grover
Fashion designers Sukriti Grover and Aakriti Grover

Dress up to uplift the lockdown mood

HT Mumbai | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 09:29 PM IST
Fashion designers say that outfits, intentionally or unintentionally, drive the state of our mind by communicating non-verbally to the world
Single use medical overalls manufactured by Giorgio Armani
Single use medical overalls manufactured by Giorgio Armani

Masks for humanity

Mumbai | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 05:43 PM IST
Indian designers donate masks, and create funds and medical kits to support in their own way
This upcycled patchwork lehenga made from waste fabrics makes for an interesting option for either a haldi or mehendi function.
This upcycled patchwork lehenga made from waste fabrics makes for an interesting option for either a haldi or mehendi function.

Wedding fashion 2020: Bringing a sustainable touch to bridal attire

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 04:16 PM IST
This wedding season, make a conscious effort to opt for sustainable bridal wear and do your bit for the Earth.
Fashion experts share interesting looks that can help you wear what’s on your mind, this season.(All photos: Instagram)
Fashion experts share interesting looks that can help you wear what’s on your mind, this season.(All photos: Instagram)

Typography: Let your clothes do the talking

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2020 04:12 PM IST
Messages on tees have always been a favourite. And the style has definitely rubbed off on fashion experts for couture ensembles. Fashion experts share interesting looks that can help you wear what’s on your mind, this season.
Actor Malavika Mohanan adds a pop of pink to this pretty number. This baby pink one shoulder dress with scattered red polka dots is a fun outfit for the retro feels. You could cinch your waist or break the monotony with a red belt featuring few pink polka dots.
Actor Malavika Mohanan adds a pop of pink to this pretty number. This baby pink one shoulder dress with scattered red polka dots is a fun outfit for the retro feels. You could cinch your waist or break the monotony with a red belt featuring few pink polka dots.

Stockings, shirts, nails and more: Let’s dress up in dots

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2020 04:55 PM IST
The polka dots have found its way back and this classic trend is making waves in 2020.
The comeback of two-toned fashion: Here’s how Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Rachel Brosnahan are sporting it.(Instagram)
The comeback of two-toned fashion: Here’s how Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Rachel Brosnahan are sporting it.(Instagram)

The comeback of two-toned fashion: Here’s how Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Rachel Brosnahan are sporting it

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2019 02:17 PM IST
A trend that rocked the ’60s has made its way back in 2019. Here’s a look at what makes this quirky style the talk of the town.
Are you ready to celebrate nine days of dance and festivities? While your first thought would be to pick a traditional attire, we recommend you give it a contemporary twist. Here’s how.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)
Are you ready to celebrate nine days of dance and festivities? While your first thought would be to pick a traditional attire, we recommend you give it a contemporary twist. Here’s how.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)

Navratri 2019: Here’s how you can add contemporary swag to your traditional outfits

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 09:53 AM IST
Are you ready to celebrate nine days of dance and festivities? While your first thought would be to pick a traditional attire, we recommend you give it a contemporary twist. Here’s how.
Mumbai: Actress Ananya Pandey at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 24, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Mumbai: Actress Ananya Pandey at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 24, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)

Here’s what you need to know about the Showstopper Syndrome

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 12:04 PM IST
Do fashion designers need Bollywood celebs as showstoppers? The fashion fraternity opens up about B-Town celebs hogging the ramp and why clothes need to be the only stars.
Mumbai: Actress Malaika Arora walks the ramp to showcase designer Diya Rajvir's creations at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 25, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Mumbai: Actress Malaika Arora walks the ramp to showcase designer Diya Rajvir's creations at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai on Aug 25, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019: 5 days of fashion at LFW

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 12:59 PM IST
A lookback at the stylish trends that set the mood for Lakmé Fashion Week 2019 Winter/Festive 2019 edition.
Take inspiration from Shilpa Shetty and Sonam Kapoor for your festive outfits.(Instagram)
Take inspiration from Shilpa Shetty and Sonam Kapoor for your festive outfits.(Instagram)

Festive Fashion 2019: This Eid, give a spin to your traditional outfits

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2019 05:24 PM IST
Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, we give you a lowdown on what’s haute this festive season.
A denim jacket blouse and a printed jacket blouse.
A denim jacket blouse and a printed jacket blouse.

The blouse affair: Trendy and unconventional blouses you can flaunt this season

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2019 10:44 AM IST
Women have moved from traditional to contemporary and fusion to pre-stitched saris, the blouse too, has seen many transitions over time.
How to layer up with jackets this summer.
How to layer up with jackets this summer.

Fashion Trends 2019: How to layer up with jackets this summer

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 03:50 PM IST
There are a variety of cool options when it comes to choosing the right jacket to beat the heat. Here’s how you can use this winter trend to style yourself this summer.
What makes gowns the perfect red carpet fix(Instagram)
What makes gowns the perfect red carpet fix(Instagram)

Gown with the wind: What makes evening gowns the perfect red carpet outfit

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 01:37 PM IST
It’s definitely not going anywhere, in fact, the trend is right here to stay. Fashion experts discuss the relevance of the gown in India and why does it make for a perfect red carpet fix.
This wedding season, make a statement with an organza sharara in yellow, with silver tilla and Parsi embroidery detailed with elegant crystal embellishments. Fashion designer Dolly J, suggests the colour yellow can be creatively paired with white or lighter shades.
This wedding season, make a statement with an organza sharara in yellow, with silver tilla and Parsi embroidery detailed with elegant crystal embellishments. Fashion designer Dolly J, suggests the colour yellow can be creatively paired with white or lighter shades.

Mango season:Celebrate the king of fruits in style

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 10:27 AM IST
Celebrate the king of fruits in style this summer. HT Café brings to you some specials you could take inspiration from this mango season.
Gauri and Nainika, who presented their summer/resort 2019 collection at Lakme Fashion Week had actor Yami Gautam as their showstopper. (Instagram)
Gauri and Nainika, who presented their summer/resort 2019 collection at Lakme Fashion Week had actor Yami Gautam as their showstopper. (Instagram)

Trend alert: How you can add some much-needed florals to your 2019 wardrobe

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 02:43 PM IST
What’s your flower power? Floral designs are a great investment and will never go out of style. We pick out a few fun ensembles inspired by the trend.
We give you a glimpse of some designs that merge sustainability and fashion.(Prodip Guha)
We give you a glimpse of some designs that merge sustainability and fashion.(Prodip Guha)

Valentine’s Day 2019: How to make sustainable fashion choices

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 02:41 PM IST
This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love by making sustainable fashion choices. HT Café rounds up a few eco-friendly options to gift your loved ones.
Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 showcased an eclectic mix of sari drapes
Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 showcased an eclectic mix of sari drapes

Drape your sari in interesting new ways, here’s how

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 01:40 PM IST
The runway at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 showcased an eclectic mix of sari drapes to suit the modern and contemporary woman. Here’s how to drape your sari in interesting new ways
India has an array of textiles, embroideries and weaves spread across its 29 states.
India has an array of textiles, embroideries and weaves spread across its 29 states.

To India, with love: An ode to a land of diverse textiles, embroideries and weaves

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 01:25 PM IST
To celebrate the country’s 70th Republic Day, fashion experts pay ode to a land of diverse textiles, embroideries and weaves.
Be it sustainable living, inclusive fashion or reviving old traditions and making new ones, this year made its mark.(Instagram/AmitabhBachchan)
Be it sustainable living, inclusive fashion or reviving old traditions and making new ones, this year made its mark.(Instagram/AmitabhBachchan)

Inclusive fashion, pretty pockets and other fashion trends of 2018

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 04:54 PM IST
What began on a fashionable note, ended on an even stylish one. We look back at the trends that made 2018 a memorable one.
A model showcases an outfit from the Anushree Reddy Collection 2018.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)
A model showcases an outfit from the Anushree Reddy Collection 2018.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT)

What’s your 2019 fashion resolution?

Mumbai | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2018 05:05 PM IST
HT Café asked fashion experts to speak about their resolutions for 2019 and what they will not repeat next year.
Deepika Padukone nailed the same heavy smokey eyes while Anushka Sharma opted for dewy makeup in her floral pink lehenga(@ranveersingh, @anushkasharma1588 / Instagram)
Deepika Padukone nailed the same heavy smokey eyes while Anushka Sharma opted for dewy makeup in her floral pink lehenga(@ranveersingh, @anushkasharma1588 / Instagram)

Here comes the bride

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2018 03:01 PM IST
Before you walk down the aisle, here’s what you need to take care of to have a happy wardrobe.
Deepika Padukone was spotted wearing a khadi floral-printed Sabyasachi Mukherjee sari at a recent event.(Yogen Shah)
Deepika Padukone was spotted wearing a khadi floral-printed Sabyasachi Mukherjee sari at a recent event.(Yogen Shah)

Flower power: Floral motifs are set to rule the fashion world this summer

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2017 09:22 AM IST
This season, the fashion world is all set to blossom with floral prints. Here’s the low-down on what you can stock up your wardrobe with.
Fashion designer Nikhil Thampi is one of the nominees in the HT Most Stylish - Fashion category.
Fashion designer Nikhil Thampi is one of the nominees in the HT Most Stylish - Fashion category.

HT Most Stylish 2017: Meet the nominees for the most stylish fashion personalities

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2017 03:54 PM IST
Here’s looking at some of the most dynamic designers nominated for this year’s HT Most Stylish Awards.
Ranveer Singh’s flamboyant personality complemented his red carpet look at HT Most Stylish Awards, last year.(Shakti Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Ranveer Singh’s flamboyant personality complemented his red carpet look at HT Most Stylish Awards, last year.(Shakti Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Fashion report 2016: When Bollywood’s biggest stars rocked the red carpet

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2017 05:45 PM IST
Ahead of HT Most Stylish Awards 2017, we take a look at what went down on the stylish red carpet last year.
Kareena Kapoor Khan’s simple yet glamorous avatar is an ideal celebrity red carpet look for this season.(PTI)
Kareena Kapoor Khan’s simple yet glamorous avatar is an ideal celebrity red carpet look for this season.(PTI)

#HTMostStylish: Tips on how to get the celebrity look on the red carpet

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2017 03:39 PM IST
Make-up artist Saba Poonawala, of La Belle Salon and Bridal Studio, shares tips on how to be red carpet ready with the right makeup and accessories.
Models dance on the runway at the Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.
Models dance on the runway at the Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.

From Stella McCartney to Manish Arora: Designers turn runways into fun-ways

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2017 07:36 AM IST
With models dancing on the runway for UK-based designer Stella McCartney’s Autumn/Winter 17 show, HT Café takes a look at how designers are turning runways into fun-ways this year.
Designer Ritu Kumar spoke about her journey in the fashion industry and how Bollywood plays an important role in promoting Indian textiles.(Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)
Designer Ritu Kumar spoke about her journey in the fashion industry and how Bollywood plays an important role in promoting Indian textiles.(Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

Bollywood is a huge boost for Indian textiles and crafts: Ritu Kumar

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2017 07:57 AM IST
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the designer talks about her journey in the fashion industry and Bollywood, among other things.
Designer Surily Goel’s cut-out shoulder tops are extremely feminine and flirty, which complement every body type extremely well.
Designer Surily Goel’s cut-out shoulder tops are extremely feminine and flirty, which complement every body type extremely well.

On Women’s Day opt for floral dresses, crop tops and saris

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2017 08:01 PM IST
Fashion designers share fun styles that you can use to flaunt your femininity on March 8.
The dress Emma Watson is wearing is made from recycled polyester created from used plastic bottles. These are sourced, mechanically processed and spun into yarn in Italy. This process saves energy and has lower CO2 emissions than creating brand new polyester fibre. The armband was created in a carbon-neutral mill.(Stephane Cardinale)
The dress Emma Watson is wearing is made from recycled polyester created from used plastic bottles. These are sourced, mechanically processed and spun into yarn in Italy. This process saves energy and has lower CO2 emissions than creating brand new polyester fibre. The armband was created in a carbon-neutral mill.(Stephane Cardinale)

From McCartney to Vuitton: Fashion designers promote sustainable fashion

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2017 07:39 AM IST
As concern for the environment influences fashion choices, sustainable materials are gaining acceptance across the globe. HT Café takes a look at how this trend is shaping up in India.
Fashion designer Narendra Kumar will be presenting his collection The Millenials at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Fashion designer Narendra Kumar will be presenting his collection The Millenials at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

My clothes are always my superstars: Narendra Kumar

Hindustan Times | By Akshata Shetty
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2017 06:32 PM IST
Designer Narendra Kumar says he never needed Bollywood stars to showcase his designs on the ramp; adds that demonetisation affected the fashion industry.
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