‘I oversee Akshay’s wardrobe’
Twinkle Khanna on fashion, glamour faux pas and being a style diva. Read on to know more about the diva and 10 best dressed celebs of the year with Twinkle and Gauri Khan on the lead.entertainment Updated: Oct 12, 2010 18:56 IST
Born to superstar parents, were you conscious of your appearance?
No. From my childhood to most of my 20s, I rebelled against dressing up. I remember I had once gone to meet my father at his office in track pants and he had said, "What are you wearing?" I said, "I don’t care. I have just come from the gym," and he said, "People (here) don’t know that and you have to be well dressed." I must have been 22-23 then.
Did you have any trademark style while growing up?
I was a tomboy and I have spent most of my childhood years in my favourite two pairs of jeans. I wore jeans and white shirts most of the time and my mother (Dimple) would cry at the sight of them. Every time she said, "Come on, let’s go shopping," I just said, No! I really didn’t care; clothes were not important.
Any fashion rules that you had to follow?
We had bizarre fashion rules in our house. We were not allowed to wear shorts and we wore them under our dresses because we wanted to. We were not allowed to oil our hair. To think of it, wearing shorts and oiling our hair were secret indulgences that we enjoyed when our father was away.
Did you like to be told what to wear on most occasions?
Never, and I had been the despair of my mother most of my life. From a very young age we were in the spotlight and everything was done the way it was supposed to be. So I spent most of my life saying that I don’t want to do what is conventional. Even when my sister was getting married, just before the mehendi ceremony, my mum said, “Can you not wear jeans and kurta and wear a full salwar kameez? And look appropriate.” This look appropriate is something that I never took to well. So, how I have evolved from there is something I have no clue about.
Of your contemporaries, who do you think dressed best?
All of us were badly dressed. I can’t think of one actress who would be well-dressed by today’s standards.
How did things get better?
I developed a sense of fashion while doing design, décor and interiors. I was an assistant to an interior designer when I was 15. (Then) I apprenticed with a famous architect before branching out on my own. I was pretty sure I didn’t want to continue in films because it wasn’t work I loved. Also, yoga helped me balance my life. I started yoga about eight years ago when I had hurt my back badly with Aarav. But I discovered it did a world of good to every other aspect of life too.
How much time do you spend coordinating clothes before making a public appearance with Akshay?
I oversee his wardrobe but it doesn’t take much. I mostly edit stuff out rather than add. He likes slightly brighter things, so I will edit some of the stuff that he wants to wear. He likes me in dresses and he is particular about what I wear. I think we had to go for the Stardust Awards and I was wearing this pouffy outfit and he said, “Wear a bandage dress instead.” Someone once said that a good looking man is a woman’s best accessory.
Will you agree?
I would say yes but he is a lot more expensive than my handbag (laughs).
Text and photo courtesy: People
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