Interview with Ishita Khanna, make-up artist and hair stylist
We all have that one man in our lives, the one we run to during the stressful wedding season, three days before a party or after we put on weight. He smiles patiently as we use the word ‘urgent’ for the 50th time, works his magic and makes the anarkali we need in a week or alters the blouse that fit just fine only six months ago. Some also like to call this bespoke, we are going to credit the man behind the spoke of the sewing machine and refer to him as what we have for years – Masterji.
OK so not all of us have this magic man, but all of us definitely want one. Twenty-two-year-old make-up artist and hair stylist Ishita Khanna found her man and could not be more thankful. Having trained with Fatmu, L’Oreal and Sapna Bhavnani, she started in the beauty industry as a 16-year-old and has so far worked with Diana Penty, Irrfan Khan, Nishka Lulla, Neeta Lulla and others. It is also around the same time she became a certified shopaholic. For her an invitation to a party is an occasion to go shopping. “And I don’t like repeating my clothes when I go out,” she says.
As someone who shops almost every day – “If I pass by a store I like or a mall, I have to go in and buy something” – sometimes what’s available off the rack isn’t good enough. So she’ll rip off a page from a magazine or sketch something and find her way to her Masterji. “He gets it right every time,” she says about his copying and tailoring skills. She also organises sale events a few times a year at a restaurant or a club. These are soirées for girls to party and shop and as the organiser she likes to be the best dressed. “For the last sale I didn’t know what to wear, so I went over to his shop for inspiration. There I saw this lovely white fabric and gave him a design. When I wore the dress people wouldn’t stop asking where I had bought it from!”
As good as she is with the shopping, Ishita is just the opposite at purging. She has a separate room for her clothes and accessories and manages to give away clothes only once in two years. “I love everything I buy. It’s too difficult to give anything away,” she pleads.
She does manage to part with the white dress for Fuffabulous. While Ishita wore the dress with a pair of stilettos, but with a chambray shirt and boots we gave it a complete grungy twist. You like?
Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Location: Worli seaface; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Accessories: Radhika Dhawan; Photographs: Karan Nevatia (firstname.lastname@example.org)