I really have a thing for older women, by that I mean their style.
It sometimes takes a while to develop your own style and as we grow older we tend to be more forgiving on ourselves and we accept ourselves for what we truly are. This is sometimes when what we wear becomes really interesting.
One lady that I have always admired is Lila Taybji. She is an Indian social worker, craft revivalist, art designer and the founder of Dastkar, a Delhi-based NGO, working for the revival of traditional crafts in India. She was honored by the Government of India in 2012 with the fourth–highest Indian civilian award of Padma Sri.
Laila Tyabji’s connection with design started right after her college days. After finishing her studies in fine arts from Japan, she came back to Delhi only to realize that it was not an easy going for a freelance designer in those days, mostly due to the lack of opportunities and resources in fashion, interior design, graphic design or even stage design industry. An assignment in Kutch (Gujarat) which related to hand craft, she says, changed her life forever. There she met rural artisans and understood their problems. This led her to set up Dastkar, to promote and revive the crafts of India. Today, it is synonymous with the Dasktar Mela, a crafts exhibition it organizes every year since 1982.
Laila often wears exquisite handwoven sarees and fabulous jewelry. People have a certain perception about handlooms and crafts and tend to think its for a certain type of people and its passé to wear them. But done right it looks very elegant and chic. There are some people who does this handcrafted look very elegantly and she is one. Her dress embodies her personality and her interests, its an extension of her not something apart. She looks smart and casual at the same time. This is not exactly a very unique look, I have see a few other prominent people who has a similar style but there is a certain aplomb in the way Laila carries herself that I greatly admire. She is elegant and sexy too. It is very unique to her and that’s what I love.