Always in style

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Always in style

You could easily mistake her to be the star on the show. Oozing oomph, impeccably turned out in form-fitting gowns, perfect pearlies and absolutely immaculate. Pria Kataria Puri is literally a vision to behold in every Page 3 outing, and pictures she uploads on social media.

“I am only photogenic,” says Pria modestly, trying to wave aside the zillion compliments her debut chat show on television is earning, apart from enviable audiences the world over, with constant re-runs on four channels beaming across multiple countries. Pria Kataria Puri loves ‘firsts’ and this is her smashing foray into the realm of chat shows.

“People have been considering fashion weeks and shows as pure entertainment over the years, often mistaking fashion for style,” says Pria, as we settle down to chat in her rather tastefully furnished apartment in suburban Mumbai. There is a sense of richness, sheer luxury that seeps through her personal space. Jewelled hues in plums and muted gold, crystal curios and textured wallpaper...sort of matching her own enthusiasm in spiffy tones. The designer is tough to track down as she shuttles between Kuwait, Mumbai, Delhi and the US, busy showcasing her fashion collections, but has been staying put in Mumbai to wrap up the shoot of her avant garde show.

“Born Stylish is not just a fun chat show. I trace the style journey of each of my celebrity guests to uncover what real style is all about. For instance, how Akshay Kumar started out and has evolved into a brilliant icon, the alpha male, or how Anil Kapoor has shaped his unique style over the years and looks dapper in a three-piece suit that he wore on my show. Filmstars have stylists, but they do also have their inherent, unusual sense of style. That is what I am delving into through every 22-minute episode and ferreting out gems for all the viewers. The response has been simply spectacular,” enthuses Pria.

So, what is style? “It is the way you carry yourself, the level of comfort you display in your own skin. I believe everyone is born stylish. Very few inspire others around through their sense of style. It has a lot to do with your immediate environment, your exposure levels... A person growing up in Chandigarh is more used to observing her parents dressing up for weddings, as opposed to a star son who grows up seeing his parents leaving for award shows... Fashion is merely a tool that can help you create your own, special style,” says Pria.

And, what is Pria’s style? “Honestly, in keeping with my body shape, jeans and trousers are a complete blooper. I stick to gowns, kaftans...I relate to glamour very easily. I love looking glamorous, even when I am going to the gym for a workout. Though for the show I have had to tone down my style a bit. I am a bit flamboyant, but have underplayed the colours of my outfits and accessories to maximise on the wattage of my beautiful guests on my show. So it is more of a chic, slightly corporate feel in the choice of whites and blacks for my wardrobe.”

Meanwhile, from the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier to the careful dresser Sonakshi Sinha, the casual and rugged Akshay Kumar to the polished Fawad Khan, and then some more stellar names from the international and national stylish circuit are set to come in, through the following episodes.

Biggest learning? “Never say never! A few years ago I would have never envisioned myself anchoring a chat show, and here I am, memorising the script (overcoming my dyslexic leanings), chatting at length for almost two hours with my celebrity friends (way beyond the few minutes spent greeting each other at endless social dos), going through painstaking research to understand the genesis of their sense of style, and more... And here I am, ready to shoot for Season 2 of Born Stylish. Merci!

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