NAMRATA ZAKARIA

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The girl with the front-row invite. Fashion columnist and consultant. Mumbai, India.

Flair & Square: He Said, She Said
Wed, Jul 01, 2015

Like in the US Supreme Courts, same-same is the catchphrase in fashion too.

Flair & Square: Innerwear is a symbol of sexual and political change
Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Innerwear is a symbol of sexual and political change. Were you looking for something practical?

Flair & Square: One Piece of Advice
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Bollywood may have just discovered the bikini, but the maillot is enjoying its moment in the sun.

Flair & Square: What About The Tomboy?
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Both Tanu from the Bollywood film and Caitlyn Jenner attest to a feminine stereotype.

Raymond is changing with high-tech stores, exclusive fabrics and lots more
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

High-tech stores, exclusive fabrics and an Italian designer at the helm — do look now, Raymond is changing.

Flair &amp: Square: Foot Over Mouth
Wed, Jun 03, 2015

When the shoe is mightier than the pen.

Nuptials for Nishka
Sat, May 30, 2015

Fashion's little princess will have a princess-themed wedding

Flair and Square: Smooth As Silk
Wed, May 27, 2015

Watch Bombay Velvet for its ode to beauty and style.

Flair & Square: Yes, We Cannes
Wed, May 20, 2015

Cinderellas have no space in our new feminist world. Beauty is a spectrum of shades and sizes. And fashion belongs to a world far removed from real lives and true stories.

For most people, mothers and grandmothers are their first fashion icons
Wed, May 13, 2015

Fashion lessons that start from home.

Indian high street gets a fillip with Gap, H&M and Uniqlo coming soon
Wed, May 06, 2015

In the wings are Swedish behemoth H&M, and Uniqlo, Japan's answer to a large-format fashion store. Also in queue are Massimo Dutti, Abercrombie & Fitch and Topshop, smaller stores but with great fashion influence.

Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown on why her make-up is best on Indian skin
Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown on her first Mumbai store and why her make-up is best on Indian skin.

Flair and Square: I’ve Got An Issue, Do You?
Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Being beautiful and talented isn’t enough for actresses today, they must stand up for social causes too

I’m not for the weak-hearted: Designer Manish Arora
Sun, Apr 26, 2015

Why Manish Arora is one of the most successful Indian designers abroad, and how he does it.

How chikan crossed the road: The beloved Lucknowi kurta is a quagmire of controversy
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

Among the many treasures available in India, a universally beloved one is chikankari.

Summer’s Here: High temperatures don’t have to be low on style
Wed, Apr 15, 2015

High temperatures don’t have to be low on style.

Bespoke is the New Black
Sun, Apr 12, 2015

The Bombay Shirt Company offers customised shirts at Zara prices

Bespoke is the New Black
Thu, Apr 09, 2015

This week, the BSC has launched a capsule collection with model and actor Purab Kohli.

A Good Sport
Wed, Apr 01, 2015

Sports and fashion make the most interesting bedfellows.

Flair and Square: Jeers and Cheers
Wed, Mar 25, 2015

Fashion’s young talent gives one vindication and hope

Flair & Square: Insta Success
Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Fashion weeks tell us that everything we loathed about fashion is now driving the industry.

Flair & Square: Gumption Girls
Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Every day is Women’s Day in fashion and advertising.

Flair & Square: Decode Red
Wed, Mar 04, 2015

What really goes on behind actresses’s red-carpet looks?

Fine and Florentine
Sat, Feb 28, 2015

Stefano Ricci on his suits, his first India store, and being hosted by Ratan Tata.

And the award goes to…
Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Spectacles. All eyes on fashion’s biggest accessory.

Beauty Is As Beauty Does
Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Mumbai society’s It-girl is also one of its most successful entrepreneurs.

Flair & Square:Not so sari
Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Is that a Chanel kurta you’re wearing?

Flair & Square: First Lady, Last Thoughts
Wed, Feb 11, 2015

Why are wives of top politicians mere style icons?

Behind The Seams
Wed, Feb 04, 2015

An Indian-owned New York-based fashion label that ‘makes in India’ to support fair trade.

Flair & Square: English Manners, British Style
Wed, Feb 04, 2015

A surge of Britannia in popular culture brings all eyes on England.

Your handbag does not need its own chair
Wed, Jan 28, 2015

We now live in a world where we are judged on the basis of our designer totes. Showing it off as obviously as possible is considered quite alright.

Flair & Square: Shopping Smarts
Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Whatever happened to fashion’s favourite month? Who ate the January sale?

Personal is Pivotal
Mon, Jan 19, 2015

One of India’s most reticent fashion designers, Sonam Dubal, on taking it slow and steady

Flair and Square: The first woman
Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Anita Ekberg, who passed away recently, was called “the first woman on the day of creation”.

Flair & Square: Bob-sey Twins
Wed, Jan 07, 2015

Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Sharma are playing with the short crop, just because.

Cleaning Out My Closet
Wed, Dec 31, 2014

A New Year is such a good time for a wardrobe cleanse.