STORY BY RACHEL SCHWARTZMANN – STYLING BY Arushi Khosla– PHOTOS BY Bridget Badore for The Style Line
Since our inception we’ve always focused on the synergy between style and storytelling.
*This story was originally published in June 2015 and reflects updated changes to the layout
I’m a student and digital and social media freelancer living in New York.
I moved here 3 years ago from New Delhi, India to pursue a degree at FIT and forge a path for myself here. My favorite things to do are going to concerts, coffee shop hopping, and soaking in all that this invigorating city has to offer with some killer people I’m lucky to call my friends. Also sleep. Sleep is very important to the essence of my personality.
What is your favorite aspect of warm weather style?
If you had to live in one designer per clothing item which would they be and why?
What are your thoughts on the connection between style and social media?
They’re mutually inclusive at this point in the game. For me, social media (Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest specifically) are a veritable treasure trove of inspiration. I think it also keeps people on their toes, sartorially. So much of the fashion/style community lives online, often exclusively like bloggers, street style mavens, Instagram influencers and more, that they’re tied together steadfastly. It’s certainly democratized fashion to a degree and spawned significantly more avenues to make your mark in and to be able to experiment and be creative in.
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What is one question you think people should be asking more of when it comes to style?
“Do you dress to convey who you are or who you want to be?” I think either answer could be fodder for interesting conversation.
What about Williamsburg style speaks to you the most?
It’s very sharp and encompasses a lot of the elements I personally love – monochromes, leather, lace, clean lines, decadent textures. Because it’s so gentrified now, most of the people living in the area are certainly well off and can afford the finer things in life and that applies to clothing as well.
Shop Arushi’s Look: Otte NY sweetheart dress $446, Schutz Shoes Juliana cage heels in Sweet Peach $190, and assorted Hirotaka jewelry
“For those of us completely consumed by the culture of style, it informs our everyday decisions about not just clothing but how to structure our space and in every aesthetic decision we make.”
If you had the chance to go shopping with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
What is your most unexpected source of creative inspiration?
Shop Arushi’s Look: Nasty Gal Endora lace crop top, $58 Pixie Market Tribeca leather skirt $58, Zara blazer (Similar, $99) and shoes (Similar, $79) and assorted Hirotaka jewelry
Why do you think things like fashion and shopping are important aspects of our lives?
Because we live our lives in clothes. It’s an inseparable part of our identities. It can be who we are, who we want to be, the lifestyle we live, or the one we want to project/aspire to. It makes you look, and consequently feel your best. It can be about taking charge of your identity, remaking yourself, building yourself up, telling the world who you are, maybe where you come from, perhaps where you want to go. It’s indicative of history, politics, art, culture – the zeitgeist. And just as it can be transformative, it can be excessive, greedy, polarizing. On an existential and raw note, I always reference these two quotes by Leandra Medine and Vanessa Friedman (in that order) to help expound: “If fashion might actually convince you that there is no end point, there is no darkness and that life runs in an ongoing loop littered by rose-colored fancies, it cannot be deemed unnecessary. Quite the contrary; it is decisively necessary. For survival. For endurance. For the gumption with which you persevere.”
What is one element of your personal style that you want to change or play with this season?
What story do you hope to tell through your personal style?
The Style Line was built on the premise of discovery, exploration and transit. With this in mind, if what is the style line in your wardrobe?
The Style Line in my wardrobe is the energy and bottomless hunger for creativity in this city and in its inhabitants. As David Karp said “reinventing economics around creativity works.” It’s the racy feeling of invigoration the energy of New York instills in you, the melding of cultures, the rejection of rest, indomitable will, of the possibility for exultancy. It’s perhaps in the mad delusion that goads us to keep pursuing a city that is hard, gritty, dirty, relentless. Maybe it’s because I’m a transplant from the other side of the world, from another hectic, tempestuous, zany city, and the magic still hasn’t rubbed off.