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The curious case of a woman and her kettle

By Anita Aikara
February 02, 2018 10:20 IST
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Susan Mantosh, head of an international school of design in Kolkata, who wears her heart on her sleeve, proved that the rules of fashion are meant to be broken.

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Susan

What's special about your outfit for LFW?

I created this outfit from scratch. I dyed it into checks, so that people can 'check it out'!

The kettle has been handpainted and the necklace is handmade by the artisans of Bengal.

I dislike being ordinary and love something avant garde.

I didn't want to blend in with everyone and carry a handbag, so I carried a kettle instead. I have designed 20 kettles, so they all match my outfits.

Have you even been criticised for your fashion choices? How do you deal with it?

I once came across a phrase on Facebook which read, 'People laugh at me because I'm different, but I laugh at everyone because you are all the same!' 

Indians are so worried about what the society thinks of them, so they dress accordingly. They want to please society.

I haven't really bothered about pleasing everybody. I just please myself and try to set a trend for others.

Once I went to the New Market in Kolkata and someone looked at me and laughed. I thought to myself, 'It is okay, you can laugh today.'

How easy it is for you to get the right outfit in the right size?

I don't even bother looking! I create my own outfits. I don't buy ready-made stuff because it is so boring. Everything I wear is made-to-order. 

I think there should be fashion for the oversize and the older people too.

The only mantra people should follow is 'Be yourself and wear what you want'.

I maybe look bizarre, but I'm enjoying it.

Fashion advice

Always accessorise! Without these accessories, I would have just been just another person walking around at the fashion week.

All my accessories have a story behind it and that makes my look special. 

Watch Susan Mantosh talk about her outfit at the Lakme Fashion Week

 

FULL COVERAGE: Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018

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