Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Interview with a violent delight

There's nothing static about a violent delight. Just by glancing at her sets, you can see that her layouts are constantly evolving and her style is oh-so-versatile. Our interview with a violent delight comes to you from India, and it's always fascinating to hear global perspectives on fashion, trends, and of course, Polyvore! Peek into her world...

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

Hey everyone! I'm in the last year of my school and I'll be off to college next year. I live in Kolkata, India, one of the most vibrant and bustling cities on the planet! Although studying is what I should be doing, I often put it off with reading, writing and sketching. One day I hope to become a writer of some sort. Maybe even a fashion journalist.

How would you describe your sense of style/fashion?

I think my fashion sense is very crazy! LOL. I'm a very moody dresser and my clothes on any given day clearly reflect how I'm feeling. I prefer classic, forever-in-style pieces such as an LBD, vintage pearl jewelry, etc. to trendy, 'in' stuff. I usually jazz up such pieces with some interesting accessories like a chunky necklace, bold shoes, or a scarf. I actually dislike copying every trend that is sent down the runway. But I do like integrating new ideas, as long as they look good on me.

What's hot in your 'hood right now?

Here in India, women mix up ethnic wear with western articles. For example, a batik printed tunic with jeans. Right now I'm seeing a lot of people wear lovely maxi dresses with strappy flat sandals for a chic, boho look to beat the murderous heat.

What's one thing you wish people would wear more of?

I wish people paid a little more attention to their casual dressing. It's nice to try something other than just the old pair of skinny jeans. They could try a tank top tucked into shorts or pretty floral skirts. And Gowns. Glamorous, beautiful gowns. I see many people trading off black tie evening dresses for more casual cocktail ones. But gowns are so much more elegant.

How did you discover Polyvore?

From a fashion blog I follow religiously called We were given a task to design a look around a coat or a blazer I think and thus I created my first set!

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?

I use Polyvore to vent my creative urges! It's a portal through which a vast array of things are available to me. It's some kind of wonderland! Sometimes I design looks which I would wear, and other times for celebrities. But what I really love about this site is that not only do we get to create beautiful things but we also get to meet like-minded fashionistas all over the world! Not only do you get constantly inspired but you make so many lovely and generous friends!

If you could share one tip or trick with a new Polyvore member, what would it be?

Make sets, check out other people's work and have fun! Don't worry about the number of favorites you get. They will come naturally when you let your inner Coco Chanel guide you!

Do you have a favorite fashion designer or style icon who has influenced you?

Currently I am quite obsessed with Lanvin. I was going through one of their collections and wondering why more celebrities don't wear them on the red carpet. The designs are ethereal, delicate and absolutely beautiful! Cate Blanchett is a rare sight but whenever she does appear, she looks absolutely amazing! And finally, I love Blair Waldorf's style. She's fictional, I know, but so very classy!

What online stores do you like to clip from?

I usually clip from wherever I can! I Google what I'm looking for and take it from the results. But I do clip a lot from Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, and

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?

This one has such beautiful items in it.

Any set with Jude Law is definitely worth a mention!

This was one of my first sets and it shows, but I love the feeling it gives off.

What's your favorite set created by another Polyvore member?

This is very hard to pick since there are so many splendid sets here but I choose this one by jasmine.nicole.ortiz. I just LOVE the vibrant colors, the dress and the shoes. Absolutely perfect!

We interviewed HEY MOON™ last and she'd like to know how you came up with your Polyvore user name?

"A violent delight" is from the quote "These violent delights have violent ends..." from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I think it captures my impulsive nature well!

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

None, really! With the new cropping tool and new fonts I have nothing but appreciation! :)


Anonymous said...

Fab interview Indira!
love, Ritu

Fiona said...

adore this interview, I identified with his personality

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