Designer Nikhil Thampi says that Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is diva. The designer is all praises for the Jab Tak Hai Jaan actress Anushka Sharma who is often seen sporting his creations.
"She is a diva. She will easily carry a garbage bag. She is confident about whatever she wears,” Nikhil siad.
A few outfits for Anushka Sharma for Anurag Kashyap's film Bombay Velvet are sourced from Nikhil.
Nikhil also said that he did not believe in the idea of having a showstopper as he wants to keep the focus on fashion. "I love Bollywood. I would be happy to have celebrities as my guests," he said.
“Anushka was quite kicked about my show but due to prior commitments I doubt if she would be able to make it," he added.
Nikhil is excited about showcasing his latest collection which is a semi Indian-centric line at upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive.
"The collection is dear to my heart as the inspiration stems from my grandmother's sense of style and cultural influence. My grandmother is fond of silk saris and putting up a bindi," Nikhil told PTI.
As a tribute to his southern roots, Nikhil said he had integrated the international fall with the prevalent trend of punk in classic Indian silhouettes.
True to his trademark statement making motifs, Nikhil has opted to showcase Kathakali as a representation of Indian punk.
With no formal training or background in fashion, Nikhil has given free rein to his creativity and aims to make his 'Indian Punk' collection the flavour of the season.
His deconstructed Indian silhouettes comprise an edgy mix of semi-Indian styles such as cholis, boxy lehengas, short sarees and full-length kurtas.
"Each piece has been crafted keeping in mind its commercial viability and wear-ability yet retaining a high-fashion element," he said.
Textures for the collection include Indian traditional fabrics like linens, cottons, silks and nets with contemporary designs. The five day fashion extravaganza kick-starts from August 23.