Festive wear

Amrita Prasad
Sunday, 8 October 2017

Aditi Govitrikar, who was in the city recently to launch the festive collection of a brand, talks about how fusion clothing is comfortable, her Diwali memories and how most people in India keep up with fashion trends nowadays 

Dressed in a long blue ensemble and flashing a dazzling smile, she looked like a million bucks. With a sparkle in her greenish-blue eyes and her killer catwalk, she just owned the ramp and made a few hearts in the audience skip a beat. Model, actor, doctor, former Mrs World and a mother, Aditi Govitrikar, is an embodiment of beauty and grace. The Bheja Fry 2 actor was recently in town to launch Max Fashion’s exclusive festive collection Tavisha at Westend Mall, Aundh, where she walked the ramp as the showstopper. “Festive season is such a cheerful time, everyone likes to dress up and look the best,” says Aditi adding, “Diwali is my favourite festival and I have fantastic childhood memories associated with it.”

Aditi, along with her two siblings, would go shopping, buy beautiful outfits, new shoes, and lots of crackers. “My fondest memory was making Diwali faraal — Chakli, Chiwda, Ladoos — at home. The festival used to be a beautiful bonding session between family, friends and neighbours and their children. I love Diwali lights, they radiate positivity, happiness and good vibes. The surroundings look so beautiful,” she adds.
Aditi is quite a fashionista herself and loves dressing up. The actress, who also starred in 16 December, says that she owns two Paithani sarees and loves wearing them. While sharing a few tips on festive wear, she says, “You can go for Indo-Western fusion and seek inspiration from the brand that I am promoting. They have done it in a very wearable manner keeping in mind Indian bodies. Fusion is always a good idea because roaming around in heavy lehengas and sarees during festivals is not at all comfortable, especially for young girls. By creating fusion, you can combine our traditions with ease and comfort which is present in Western outfits. Go bright in the festive season and choose vibrant colours. Embroideries in gold, silver or bright colours will go well with the festive mood. “

When it comes to men’s clothing, only a few colours come to mind. “But men can flaunt red kurta with white churidars and look great in the festive season,” says Aditi for  whom Indian outfits are a must-wear during Diwali.

The actress herself likes fusion wear in silk, tussar, cotton silk and all kinds of Indian fabrics which look rich and gorgeous. “I love handloom and khadi and the beautiful spin that people have given to khadi, Banarsi or silk. I am glad it is being revived and finally, Indian fabric is getting the platform it deserved long long ago,” says Aditi for whom modelling happened by chance.
While many women sacrifice their dreams and aspirations after they get married, Aditi challenged the stereotypes by continuing modelling post marriage and won the coveted Mrs World title in 2001. The actress says that the balance between family and self is always the key. “I don’t think women should lose their identity just because they are married or have kids. They have to create their identity, as a mother, as a wife and as an individual. It is extremely important to pursue your dreams and career, and it is possible in this age. Don’t lose yourself completely for marriage or motherhood. Do not stop looking after yourself or stop watching your weight. Never neglect your body, health and fitness because if you are healthy, you’ll be able to take care of your family well,” urges Aditi.

When asked about what changes she has seen in fashion over the years, Aditi says that now fashion has become very accessible to everyone, even to a college-going teen. “When I started, it wasn’t like that. There were only two types of clothes — designers and regular outfits — but now due to the internet and social media platforms, everybody has access to what is happening in the world of fashion and are updated with the latest trends. Today, even getting clothes has become easy and convenient,” she explains.

From Mehr Jesia to Madhu Sapre, Sheetal Malhar, Ujjwala Raut and others, India had supermodels in the ’90s but it’s not the case anymore. “I think girls today are keener in getting into films and treat modelling  as a stepping stone. The moment a model gets a little bit of fame, she is picked up by Bollywood industry and becomes an actor. The focus shifts to acting and modelling takes a backseat which wasn’t the case before,” concludes Aditi.

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