3 sets of seriously stylish sisters decode the dynamics of working together

Saturday, March 3 2018

3 sets of seriously stylish sisters decode the dynamics of working together

Karishma Khemlani Rajwani (31), Roshni Khemlani Mehta (29) and Deeya Khemlani (24)
Who: The trio behind Izaak Azanei, the three-year-old label whose plush separates have already racked up an impressive roster of clients including Olivia Palermo and Chiara Ferragni.
On sharing wardrobes: Being spread across the globe (Karishma lives in Spain, Deeya in London and Roshni in Dubai) doesn’t stop the sisters from routinely raiding each other’s closets. If Roshni is known to stock up on cool outerwear, Deeya’s wardrobe is where the sisters find the next up-and-coming designers. Karishma, the eldest of the three, is their go-to for statement sunglasses.
On fashion fixations: “I know it’s clichéd to say this since they are my own, but I live in these Izaak Azanei trousers. I have them in every colour. They are the most comfortable. You can dress them up or down with the shoe you choose,” says Deeya. While a leather jacket from Nour Hammour is the pièce de résistance of Karishma’s closet, for Roshni it’s a Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress. “It has the best fit. I’ve had it for seven years and worn it at least 13 times,” she says.
On working together: “In an industry this fast-paced you are bound to argue but the best part about working with sisters is that you don’t need a filter,” says Karishma.
On common interests: If fashion is what they fight over, it’s food that brings them together. “We bond over food, especially in London, which has most of our favourite restaurants,” says Deeya.
On the trend of the moment: “Printed silks are a big trend right now, so we are dipping into that with our new collection. All the prints have been hand-drawn in-house. One of them is really special to us because it has all our star signs,” says Roshni about the label’s latest collection, which launches this month.
Image: Manasi Sawant Meesha (35) and Trisha Khanna (27)
Who: Co-founders of Meesha Scarf, the label steadily securing a spot on the shelves of the world’s leading retailers with its Indo-French designs.
On sharing wardrobes: Meesha’s closet, full of classics, is the perfect complement to the elevated staples that forge the foundation of Trisha’s style. “I turn to Meesha when I need something classy, whether it’s a black dress or stilettos, and she comes to me when she wants something edgy,” explains Trisha.
On fashion fixations: While distressed denim and a mini Balenciaga bag rank high on her list of current obsessions, for new mom Meesha comfort is key. “After becoming a mom, comfort trumps everything,” she laughs. “I’ve discovered cross-body bags. There’s one from Salvatore Ferragamo that goes with everything.”
On working together: Meesha, they admit, is much more diplomatic and the sisters rarely share the same solution to work woes.
On common interests: What they do share is a fondness for a great book. “We both love reading. I am a big Harry Potter fan and I got Meesha into it. We both read Harry Potter And The Cursed Child simultaneously.”
On the trend of the moment: “Right now, we’re loving slinky scarves. Back in the day, you would see men pairing them with smoking jackets. You can tie it around your neck or wear it over a dress,” says Trisha of the star style in their latest collection.
Devika Bakshi (32) and Kanika Bakshi Talwar (30)
Who: The Delhi-based duo who brought Pandora’s coveted charms to the country.
On sharing wardrobes: For the sisters whose style is so in sync that they often show up at events dressed alike, borrowing is only inevitable. “We’re often mistaken for twins. Even though we live in di erent homes now you’ll nd us frequently borrowing cocktail dresses, bags or baubles from each other,” says Devika.
On fashion fixations: “Saris have an unparalleled elegance and, frankly, a girl can never have enough Chanel in her wardrobe,” says Devika. While Kanika follows in her sister’s fail- proof footsteps in more ways than one, on her agenda right now is building a statement collection of kicks. “Whether it’s Adidas Originals, vintage Nike, or slip- ons from Sam Edelman, I collect sneakers,” she says.
On working together: “Even though we are so close in age, we have di erent personalities. Disagreements generally arise on the smaller issues at work but we usually nd a middle ground,” Kanika explains.
On common interests: Sports, for as long as the sisters can remember, has been a mutual love. “We are both sports enthusiasts. We love playing and watching everything from tennis to basketball. I’ve been a long- distance runner since high school and Kanika is known to throw a mean punch at the gym.”
On the trend of the moment: This season, for the duo, less is more. “Wearing simpler and more striking accessories, like a stack of dainty bracelets or necklaces, is always better than one over- the-top, jarring piece of jewellery,” says Kanika.
Image: Manasi Sawant