Masaba with mum Neena Gupta, her eternal muse Image: Fotocorp
Masaba Gupta, the woman who brought quirk to the Indian fashion scene with her vibrant and whimsical creations and signature prints, feels her fashion is current, but she isn't brave enough to be ahead of her times.
The daughter of veteran actor Neena Gupta, who has always made unconventional moves, has been Masaba's role model. "My mother is definitely ahead of her times. The choices that she has made have been ahead of her times, but if you ask about my fashion, I don't know. I personally feel that when it comes to my work, I am very current. I am not that brave to be ahead of my times."
Masaba, who was born to Neena and West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards, considers her mother as her eternal inspiration. "My mother has this amazing ability to laugh at herself... Even in bad situations, she pushes herself and will be humorous. She is never afraid to go ask for work even at his stage of her career. She is never afraid to try something new, she is not afraid of not being in the limelight. She has always been my inspiration," Masaba gushes.
The designer will showcase her latest designs on October 15 at the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer'17 in Delhi. Masaba's show, in partnership with Maybelline New York, will include the motto of 'Make It Happen' and incorporate the latest make-up trend of #GirlsGoneVivid this season. "I love Delhi. It's my favourite city and I am going there after two years, so it has to be perfect. Fearless is something (a theme) that I always do, but this time I have taken a feminine take on the power of dressing. So, it is about a woman who is living in a fast-paced city like New York," Masaba states.
The new line will be all about black and white. It is all about structure and the overall idea that is progressive Indian wear. "So, it is festive wear but at the same time it is for modern, well-travelled women," the designer explains.
Ask her if it's a daunting task to be a designer and pat comes her reply: "I think I always give myself much more stress than required to, do something different each time. I always feel people who come to see your show should like it. The idea is to keep in with your signature but to reinvent yourself."
Although she has tonnes of Bollywood clients, Masaba likes to stay away from designing for actors in films. She likes to be her own boss. "I don't think I have the patience to do films. I think I function very differently. I am not someone who pleases people. I am very direct and a bit too honest. I like to be my own boss. I have been in that space and I don't think I want to be there ever again. If they want to bring my vision to the film, then it's different," she signs off.