Celebrity stylist Mohit Rai on fashion trends, working with B-Town and dealing with trolls


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Updated: April 4, 2020 9:06:43 am

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We couldn’t take our eyes off Janhvi Kapoor when she stepped out in an asymmetrical blue gown just lately. Or Disha Patani and her inexperienced sequinned gown. Meet Mohit Rai, the person behind these head-turning appears to be like. Rai, who describes himself as a ‘stylist by day and Batman by night’ on Instagram, rigorously curates beautiful appears to be like for his shoppers. In an interview with indianexpress.com, the stylist talks about his various shopper listing, his favorite celeb look and one individual he actually needs to type. Read on to know extra!


You have a powerful shopper listing — Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Janhvi Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani and many others. What is the very best factor about being a celeb stylist?

The neatest thing about working with quite a lot of main actors is the chance to interact, work together and be taught from artistes who’re very gifted, coming from various backgrounds with distinctive tendencies. I get to experiment with a spread of aesthetics to swimsuit their persona and preferences whereas, after all, staying true to my very own type, attempting to impress upon a really religious fan base of every actor. Every day is a brand new problem, however is extraordinarily rewarding.

And the worst?

There is not any worst, truthfully. We do undergo attempting and hectic days, there are some dangerous days as properly, however not more than every other occupation. On the flip aspect, the great days, the cheers and celebration of success, greater than make up for the few not so good ones.

So many celebs, all having their very own preferences. How do you strike a stability between their likes/dislikes and your styling concepts?

I’ve at all times firmly believed and overtly professed that our jobs as stylists is to not impose our opinion on anybody. Naturally all of us come with a sure inherent aesthetic and you might be sure to see a signature type throughout somebody’s work, however that can’t maintain you from permitting room for different opinions. The job of a celeb or a private stylist is to know and learn a shopper and discover their particular person pulse and then elevate that story by what they put on. If somebody is of course female and elegant, it wants to return throughout even when they’re carrying jeans and a tee shirt.

What is your working mantra like — do you favor to work with celebs who come with their very own concepts or somebody who’s open to experimenting to no extent. How a lot does it make it straightforward/troublesome for a stylist?

I at all times desire shoppers to make sure of what they don’t need. It helps create a imaginative and prescient board that makes it simpler for each, whereas I’ve some boundaries to work with and assist them cross these if essential.

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But are Indian celebrities open to experimenting with their appears to be like/kinds? Or do they like to stay to issues which are tried and examined? Can you identify a number of?

I’ve most likely been fairly fortunate, as each celeb I’ve ever labored with has approached me with an open thoughts and had been very cooperative in attempting new issues. This is the rationale I’ve been in a position to push them out of their consolation zones and execute some very experimental appears to be like. To provide you with an instance, I just lately created a lime inexperienced and white Wesley Harriot look with Jahnavi, a Yousef Al Jasmin pink robe with Bulgari excessive jewelry on Kareena, and a black and white Studio NK look with Sonakshi.

Many instances, actors are trolled/criticised for his or her appears to be like. How do you deal with this, particularly when what they’re seen in is principally curated by their stylist?

Honestly talking, that is very a lot part of our occupation or position. I imagine, trolling is a type of suggestions and settle for the viewers’s indignation. You can’t take it personally, although this can be very troublesome to not, as some trolls can actually get private. It is vital to mirror upon points that went unsuitable and be taught from these to do higher subsequent time. Negative suggestions is probably extra vital because it reinforces your studying curve. If you suppose you’re wonderful and can do no unsuitable, it’s time to begin doing one thing else.

But how does a collaboration with a celeb actually work? Are their suggestions thought-about or its fully a stylist’s concept?

It isn’t a one individual’s concept! I converse from my private expertise and can vouch for it. There are instances when my work has been impressed by concepts given to me by an assistant. We must be open to concepts and opinions, but additionally do not forget that it’s your work and so belief your instincts and instinct as a lot as attainable. When you stroll right into a shoot, you must at some degree assume inventive management since that’s clearly anticipated of you and what you may have been employed for.

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Which is your private favorite celeb look, and one look you are feeling you shouldn’t tried, and why?

My favourites change typically, identical to my temper. On a given day I most likely respect a glance and despise it the very subsequent day. Then there are some that appear inappropriate at a sure time or interval, however develop on you a lot later; they had been maybe forward of their time. Timing is as vital because the precise aesthetic. Fashion is cyclical and one thing that appears dated in the present day could possibly be high-fashion tomorrow.

Myntra Insider Masterclass offers you a chance to share styling ideas: So what are the tendencies you’ll recommendation one to embrace and avoid this yr?

Myntra Insider Masterclass is a good platform to achieve out to the lots/ audiences that observe and love fashion. For each masterclass, we select a subject which we talk about intimately and share styling ideas with Myntra Insiders on the app. For this yr, I’d prefer to suggest monochrome dressing — denim on denim and body-conscious dressing (love your self). Stay away from spandex or any polyester lycra, neons, outsized saggy and low waists.

Five must-haves in a lady’s wardrobe?

*A well-tailored swimsuit
*High-waisted bell-bottom jeans
*A textured broad belt
*The right body-shapers
*A kaftan gown

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One fashion pattern you may have by no means understood, and one pattern you would like had by no means pale, and/or is well-known on the worldwide fashion scene and you await its arrival right here?

Embroidered patchwork jeans make me cringe, and I’ve by no means actually understood why anyone ever wore them, be it jackets, shorts or denims. I’ve seen some actors put on it and by no means actually appreciated the fashion. It’s very fashion illiterate.

I really like shoulder pads, the extraordinarily heavy ‘80s style, and wish they’d by no means go and turn out to be a basic. Latex is one thing we’d begin seeing extra of in India, and whereas I perceive the climate doesn’t allow it, it’s simply so so horny.

If there may be one celeb you actually want to type, who would that be? And why?

Tilda Swinton! I simply actually need to be in a room with her and discuss her imaginative and prescient for herself, as a result of to me she’s essentially the most ethereal factor, whereas additionally being curious to know how she sees herself.

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