Not a lot of apparel designers double up as models. Among the few that do, there is a smaller number of those who are good at both. One such is the popular city-based Shilpa Reddy, who is excited to showcase her latest collection at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. “I was part of the same show two seasons before this. But I never showcased at the Spring Summer resort and I am very excited,” beams Shilpa ahead of the show that will be held from March 18 to 22. Shilpa, who finds inspiration in everything around her and is popular for the bold tinge that she brings to all her designs, shares that this collection is all about understated glamour. “This has been inspired from the moon and the sand – the way the glow of the moon falls on the sand, it entices me, It is really beautiful,” she says. Her collection is inspired by the same way that this beauty is understated. “The colours of the sky, the various shades, the tones of the colour blue and my favourite tint of gold is included,” she explains, adding that her silhouettes are glamourous with sexy backs – also well blended contemporary designs.
The designer will be flying from New York after a special show for the Lakme Fashion Week. While the excitement for this is evident, Shilpa also recently made a trip to Paris for the J’Autumn Fashion Show. Ask her to recall her experience and she gasps – in a tone that is filled with excitement, pride and contentment.
“I have been to Paris a couple of times before, but I never thought I would showcase my collection, that too at such an early stage of my label. To add to this, the reponse was incredible. It did a lot of good and I consider it as a blessing,” recalls the winner of Gladrags Mrs India contest in the year 2004.
She shares that though she enjoyed being a model, her real passion lies in designing. “While I was modelling too, I was always observing all the other things that used to happen around me. How the industry works, the finishing of the clothes, how meticulously people around me used to work and so on. It was like an internship to me,” she shares. However, she realised there is no comma in the modelling world and that at one point it does get stagnated. “Creativity gives me a high, a sense of worth. Modelling on the other hand, bored me after a point. I enjoy how creativity begins with a small idea that goes on to become very huge,” says Shilpa who is reponsible in adding glamour in the lives of many people and her current favourite is actress Regina Cassandra. “The boldness in my collection works well on her,” she explains.
Though a successful designer, Shilpa tells us that she is a mother and a wife first and designing is only a small part of her world. “I love parenting. I am always with my son. Ask me what he learnt in class yesterday and I will tell you,” she smiles adding that making her son an able human being who can impact people’s lives is her priority. “I don’t go anywhere after 6 pm and I am always home on Sundays,” she says.
Ask her how she manages to don so many hats and she responds, “Staying healthy is what makes juggling all my work easy. I know what a healthy body feels like and I can never think of going into the lazy mode. My awareness level is very high,” she shares. On the same note, Shilpa also points out that women tend to put their health care at the end of the list.
“That is something women need to learn. Only when they can take care of themselves, can they take care of people around them. The lady of the house needs to be healthy,” explains Shilpa who wakes up to exercise and meditation.