In his own style
IT WAS not a crowd of 20 something at the Duchess Club (Savera Hotel) this past week. Yet, the not-so-young women were amazingly attired in bold outfits and looking beautiful too. They all seemed to be literally geared up for the morning session with the `groom guru' Prasad Bidapa, who by the end of the show was bombarded with beauty and fashion queries, which ranged from wacky to sedate Why can't big-sized women get Western clothes off-the-shelf in India or which is the best oil for hair and body massage, etc.
But knowing Bidapa's winning ways with the fair sex (reason he's creating a stir in the world of style) this was the natural culmination of a feel good session. Looking prim and proper, Bidapa neatly attired in a figure-hugging shirt and trousers, reeled out well-worded practical tips on how to put one's best look forward agile body, attractive face, healthy mane and contemporary clothes.
Unlike many of his ilk who relate good looks to glamour, he intelligently defined it as something that empowers one to bring out the best in oneself and deal with society confidently.
"You can make it happen within your own parameters, despite all the limitations and compulsions," he pointed out for those with hectic schedules at office and home. Look good for yourself, that's the basis of style and grooming, Bidapa averred emphatically. "Try a new haircut, an adventurous hair colour, a new attire, a little touch of make-up, a shade of lipstick you normally don't use and you will realise that it gives you an edge, a liberated feel!"
A celebrated name in the fickle world of fashion, Bidapa's success formula Wear something to please yourself, for style is timeless but fashion is not.
To prove his point, he cited columnist and page two diva, Shobhaa De's example. "She usually matches wooden accessories with her Kancheevaram saris. Her idea is to focus on the grandeur of the sari. And she prefers to match her costlier jewelleries with simple chiffons or georgettes. Once she even walked in wearing a sequinned T-shirt for a blouse," smiled Bidapa. So, let your imagination rule your dress sense.
On the secrets of a glowing skin, he said, besides a cleanser-toner-moisturiser routine, drink three to four litres of water to flush out the impurities from the system and for the skin to look supple and young. As for lustrous locks, "Your hair is what you eat. Try a good serving of greens and a fruit-rich diet and see the difference".
But it's a calm mind and holistic well-being that actually would reflect the real beauty. His stress on a disease-free life and close family bonding sets him apart in the superficial glamour industry.
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