Currently pursuing a degree in fashion designing in London and aiming at joining the London School of Fashion soon, Manasa has always been intigued by the world of fashion. Her aunt, Jaya Prada, and Sonam Kapoor are her biggest style icons, she says. Read on to know more about the young and vivacious damsel.
Has fashion always been your calling?
Yes, always, ever since my childhood. My inspiration has been my pedamma, Jaya Prada. I’ve grown up watching her films and I was always in awe of her dressing sense. Besides, dressing up, to me, has always been fun and something I enjoy thoroughly.
What’s your personal style like?
I like to go with the flow and not follow trends blindly. I prefer experimenting and creating new trends.
What are you most comfortable wearing?
I’m most comfortable in casual wear— jeans and tops. But I love my ethnic wear too; I think it suits me best.
Who are your favourite designers?
I personally like playing with colours, so I really like Manish Arora’s work. His colours and styles are so vibrant and attractive.
I enjoy trying out new colours, even with my lipsticks. I think it’s a wrong notion that only fair people can wear bright lipsticks, so I wear a lot of unusual colours like blue, brown, orange etc, and prove the concept wrong.
If not fashion, what profession would you have chosen?
Maybe movie making.
Any designer you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from many designers but I’ve never wanted to replicate the work of anyone. I’d rather take inspiration from them and incorporate that in my work to make something different and unique.
What do you do in your free time?
I shop (laughs)! I like both street and branded shopping.
What’s your favourite shopping destination?
Unfortunately, we don’t have much of a choice in Hyderabad, so every time I travel abroad, which is once a year, I shop to last me the whole year. My favourite destination has got to be Paris.
Who according to you is a true style icon?
Sonam Kapoor. I love the way she experiments with her look. She doesn’t go for the tried and tested; her style is eclectic and carefree.
What do you think of the fashion scene in Hyderabad when compared to the rest of the world?
It’s definitely developing. People are now getting inspired by international fashion and many brands are opening up their stores in the city, giving us a lot more choice.
Who is your role model?
My father, M.S. Raj Thakur. He was the Chairman of Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP). Watching him work so hard and diligently has always inspired me to do something of my own and stand successfully on my two feet.
With Ugadi being around the corner, what are you looking forward to most about the festival?
The delicious food (laughs)! I’m going to miss Ugadi at home this time but I’ll surely indulge in the delicacies before I leave. It’s a big occasion at home; we ensure that the entire family is together during this time. It’s one day when the family comes together to spend time and indulge in the festivies. We make the special Ugadi pachadi, which is a delicious dish. I like dressing up in new ethnic wear during this time.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Here, in Hyderabad, with an international clothing brand of my own. --- as told to Niharika