Namrata Zakaria

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

Articles By Namrata Zakaria

Flair & Square: He Said, She Said

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

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

Flair & Square: One Piece of Advice

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

Flair & Square: What About The Tomboy?

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

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

Flair &amp: Square: Foot Over Mouth

When the shoe is mightier than the pen.

Nuptials for Nishka

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

Flair and Square: Smooth As Silk

Watch Bombay Velvet for its ode to beauty and style.

Flair & Square: Yes, We Cannes

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

Fashion lessons that start from home.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Bespoke is the New Black

The Bombay Shirt Company offers customised shirts at Zara prices

Bespoke is the New Black

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

A Good Sport

Sports and fashion make the most interesting bedfellows.

Flair and Square: Jeers and Cheers

Fashion’s young talent gives one vindication and hope