Harper's Bazaar June 2018 - Page 87

GAURI KARAN AND NAINIKA KARAN, fashion designers What made you decide to start a label together? Gauri Karan : We’ve both loved fashion since we were young. We used to watch old Hollywood movies and imagine making and wearing those clothes. Both of us felt that you didn’t really get Western clothes in India so it made sense to start our own label. What were you most competitive about as kids? Nainika Karan : We never fight except for those regular sibling spats that you forget about in a second. What’s the best part about working with your sister? GK : It’s kind of like we’re like one person; we understand each other so completely. There is no question of offending one another other; in fact we finish each other’s sentences. NK : Everything is fun and nothing is really work. How do you split responsibility? NK : Gauri is the big planner and I’m the executor. What do you admire about each other’s style? NK : With her red lipstick and winged eyeliner, Gauri exudes a very natural, old-world glamour. GK : Nainika can pretty much carry off anything. Has your childhood influenced your design? GK : Our parents put a lot of emphasis on the idea that ‘less is more’. Our mother’s standard outfit was red lipstick, sunglasses, a polo neck, and jeans. NK : She wore pearls, not diamonds. GK : Our father comes from a royal family in Hyderabad. It’s always about being understated for him too, an idea we try and reflect in our own design philosophy. Share a fashion memory from your childhood. NK : We were obsessed with the film My Fair Lady. There’s a scene where Audrey Hepburn wears a white lace outfit which we were so obsessed with that we took a lace tablecloth apart and took turns wearing it as a dress. THIS PAGE: On Nainika: Dress, Gauri & Nainika. OPPOSITE PAGE: On Gauri: Dress, Gauri & Nainika. Shoes, her own. 87