Payal Singhal cushion covers and Anita Dongre table runners? Soon!

We at Fuffabulous love initiatives like ours that acknowledge fashion waste and do something creative with it. Mana Shetty has already been doing great things with the non-profit organisation Save the Children India. This also includes vocational training programs for women, and for one of the projects under this program women and girls are trained to create products for retail some of which are then sold at Araaish, a multi-designer fashion exhibition organised by Mana.

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This year, along with IMG Reliance and Lakme Fashion Week, Mana introduced the Fashion Upcycled initiative that will source excess raw materials from fashion designers to make products such as batwas, cushion covers, trays, table runners etc. The proceeds from the sale of these products will be used to work with underprivileged women and children.

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We met Mana at Araaish last week and she told us how most designers she has spoken to are happy to participate in this project. “I can even take small pieces of cloth or extra borders etc, which usually just get thrown away and use them to make beautiful products,” she says. Before launching this initiative Mana had to buy the fabrics from stores.

Mana Shetty

Mana Shetty

At the moment designers such as Anita Dongre, Nishka Lulla and Payal Singhal have agreed to support the cause and many more big names are expected to participate. “We can even name the collection after the designers. Being Sunil’s wife is a passport into this world, and I am using it to do the right things!”

We think so too. And really, who wouldn’t like a piece of Sabya or Payal Singhal in the drawing rooms?  

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The girl with the global closet

Sanam Sippy, JSM Corp, General Manager, Marketing

When we meet at California Pizza Kitchen, Sanam Sippy was dressed simply – in a pair of jeans and shirt, sans make-up. The NYU grad was quite the opposite living in Manhattan for 7 years. “People there would dress up for an 8 am class,” she says. Otherwise going out to clubs, dinners etc also gave ample opportunity to play dress-up. “Since I moved to Bombay I started dressing down completely,” she says. So now at work, the only touch of that fashionista one gets to see on her is a cool leopard print umbrella.

Black dress with gold detailing, Stradivarius

Black dress with gold detailing, Stradivarius

As the general manager marketing for JSM corp that has restaurants and bars such as Shiro, Hard Rock Café, California Pizza Kitchen etc in its repertoire, Sanam is mostly dressed in long sleeved shirts, pants and high heels. She calls her style ‘conservative posh’ – day-wear is jeans and dresses are for dress-up. “I am not experimental,” she says.

Purchased in 2012

Purchased in 2012

Dressing-up all the time in NYC also meant shopping almost daily. “When Gilt had their flash sales or after I walked out of work, I would just go shop.” Now a trip abroad every quarter takes care of her shopping cravings – Alice+Olivia, Elizabeth and James and Elie Tahari are favourites. In Mumbai, she rarely buys clothes and when she does she picks western clothes by Indian designers for the attention they get her abroad.

But for the amount she shops, she confesses she has not discarded anything in the last six years! “Space hasn’t been an issue for me. My mum’s brother lives in NYC so I left my clothes there when I was moving. Otherwise I have a closet in Dubai also, where my parents live,” she says. The fact that her size hasn’t changed, helps her hang on to clothes in the hope of wearing them again. “And I do get emotionally attached to my clothes,” she says.

Number of times worn: 1

Number of times worn: 1

Sanam purchased the black and gold dress from Stradivarius. “I bought it because I was in Singapore – you go there and you just go crazy shopping,” she says. But after wearing it out once, it went back into her Mumbai closet. But this time she decided to part with something for the first time for Fuffabulous!

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The dress is perfect for a UK size 6-8. A lace jacket gives the dress a more soft and vintage-y look.

Model friend: Priya Pereira Chhabria; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Accessories: Stylist’s own; Photographs: Anand Wahane; Location: Kala Ghoda, Mumbai