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Behind closet doors: celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani talks style

The celebrity hairstylist has a new neck tattoo that she calls her ‘naulakha haar’. And says she’ll never be caught wearing pastels

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Feb 04, 2016 18:47 IST
The colour black rules Sapna Bhavnani’s wardrobe
The colour black rules Sapna Bhavnani’s wardrobe(Photo: Prashant Waydande)

The first thing you notice when you step into Sapna Bhavnani’s Bandra apartment is a black wall and a mannequin next to the window, wearing nothing but a pair of thick black glasses. Dressed in a simple black Zara dress, the celebrity hairstylist talks about her unique sense of style even as she grabs a hasty lunch at her kitchen table.

No pastels, please: “I love black, and wear really basic outfits. I do like a bit of texture, but monochromes rule my wardrobe. You’ll never see me in pastels, peach, pista green or baby blue. I’m trying to wear more colours but end up gravitating towards darker colours like magenta and deep emerald green.”

Skin art: “I really like bows and have recently begun wearing hats for a bit of colour. Despite owning several pieces, I don’t wear a lot of accessories because I’m heavily tattooed. My first tattoo was in 1990 on my back. The latest — on my neck — remains my most lavish splurge (she spent Rs 7 lakh on it). People have a ‘naulakha haar’ — my version of it is a tattoo.”

Gold fetish: “I’m obsessed with gold ever since I inherited my maternal grandmother’s solitaires. When I travel, I pick a lot of local, traditional gold earrings and nosepins. I recently bought quite a few pieces from a village called Palegaon in Kamshet (Maharashtra). There’s a trishul-shaped nosepin that I love; its quirky and signifies shakti, the feminine power.”

Accessories from Bhavnani’s collection (Photo: Prashant Waydande)

Activism over fashion: “I do not wear leather; I’m a PETA activist. You don’t need it to make a style statement. All my boots and pants are faux leather.”

Shopaholic: “I buy something or the other on a daily basis. Now, with online shopping and discounts, it has become like a disease. I love shopping from Koovs and Limeroad.”

Favourite labels: “I’m not brand conscious as I don’t really believe in spending a lot on clothes. I like Zara for their cuts and sensibilities — the outfits are perfect for everyday wear. I have always loved Kallol Datta’s work. In fact, sometimes when I’m wearing something I’ve designed, people ask “Oh, did Kallol design this?” His work feels like an extension of me — that’s how fashion should be.”

Boot camp: “I love boots, and currently wear my black ones almost every day. They are non-leather army boots that I got from the army camp at Ladakh. They’re really comfortable and I pair them with even the most formal of my dresses.”

Sentimental value: “I’m fond of my mother’s wedding sari, which I wore to my own wedding. I would also never part with my father’s suit. I had it altered to my size after he passed away. It still fits after all these years.”

Put a ring on it: “I’m very attached to my gold ring. When I went to buy it years ago, I didn’t have a lot of money, but loved the design. It was for `20,000 with diamonds and `5,000 without. I asked the jeweller to leave out the diamonds but retain the design, in the hope that I’ll add diamonds when I have the money. Now, I love it as is and it has become a part of my identity.”