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Kapil and Mmonika: Glittering duo

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Delhi-based designers, Kapil and Mmonika are renowned for their detailed intricate embroidery and stylish ensembles. They share with Salon India their views on the hair and make-up industry.

What is the importance of hair and make-up in fashion?
Hair and make-up is important as they add quality to the product. Without professional hair and make-up, the look is amateur. With hair and makeup, one can create a multitude of looks that range from classic beauty to fantasy, and should compliment the mood board.

What is the contribution of a fashion designer in planning and creating a model’s looks?
A fashion designer’s role is very important as it’s his product and no one knows it better than him. Designing an entire theme is always a collaboration between the photographer, creative director, stylist, hair and make-up artist to achieve the final look.

Who is your inspiration?
I inspire myself! I imagine myself in different ages. Everything I design has my DNA in it. For women’s wear, I have many muses such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, and others. I’m inspired by a woman who has a strong personal style and is unafraid to make bold fashion choices.

Who are the make-up artists you usually work with?
Usually I work with Zeenat Jaffer and Ojas Rajani because they understand me and I understand them.

What is missing in the fashion weeks?
Fashion has changed in the last few years, so has the attention around the fashion events. Not only the shows, but also the store openings and parties are attended by a worldwide audience via Instagram, Twitter, live feed blogs and the digital media.

Any outrageous looks that models on your show have adopted?
We had once covered the head and face of a model with a fully crystallised see-through mask.

What is the theme for A/W 14 look book?
It’s all glossy, shimmer and shine.

What are your future plans?
We plan to launch children wear.

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