#BossBabe: Anneka Alok
By Mahika Panditha
Anneka Alok is currently studying law in London and has always had a strong passion for fashion. Anneka balances her studies whilst supporting the fashion house Glitterati which originally belonged to her mother. Glitterati is a leading luxury woman’s boutique showcasing timeless designs, capturing old-world charm while indulging in a contemporary mood that allows clients to explore their inner goddess. Anneka plans to rebrand and re-launch Glitterati in Sri Lanka with an online presence, which will continue to provide retail therapy to leading women everywhere and encourage millennials to be more confident in a sophisticated but trendy couture line. Anneka Alok is definitely a boss babe and one determined to follow her dreams.
I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions, and here they are!
How did you develop an interest in fashion?
My mum owned a fashion boutique that had a mini red carpet and catwalk! One of my favourite memories as a child is trying on all the evening gowns in the store and mixing and matching the tops and skirts. I’d strut up and down the catwalk in a dress that’s too big and heels I could barely walk in, just posing and pretending I was a supermodel – you know how little girls are. I loved watching my mum work. I was fascinated by the “sparkle” that surrounded the fashion world and I guess that’s how I developed an interest in the industry.
What is your favourite fashion trend and why?
I absolutely love palazzo pants or wide-legged trousers! They flatter all body types of all ages and are generally just super comfortable to wear. I love looking at how girls accessorise themselves with palazzo pants. They are perfect to wear either to work, a date night, or even a night out with the gals! Personally, I never have to worry about eating too much when I’m wearing them either.
Who is your greatest fashion inspiration, and why?
I’ve been asked this question many times and most of the time, it’s difficult to specify just one great fashion inspiration because of the everchanging fashion trends throughout all four seasons of the year. However, at this moment, it would probably be Priyanka Chopra. I love how she expresses her own culture through western designs and I’m a huge fan of her work from Bollywood to Hollywood. She is intelligent, courageous, and beautiful – it really shows in the way she dresses and presents herself.
What fashion trend should and should not make a comeback?
Boyfriend jeans need to make a huge comeback. These jeans are very flattering and never too skinny or loose. It’s easy to switch from flats to heels, so they’re great 24/7 because you can still look fabulous with a simple shoe change. They look so good on all girls, and the best part is that you don’t even need a boyfriend to wear them!
Two things I feel strongly about not bringing back are booty shorts and too-long nails. First of all, I don’t understand why girls wear booty shorts out and about? I mean, yes it can be very hot in some places, but it doesn’t hurt to wear normal shorts and crop tops because otherwise you might as well wear nothing at all. Secondly, too-long nails are a no-no. It’s unhygienic and just unnecessary. How can girls do anything with such long nails? I wouldn’t be able to even tie my own hair up!
What is one thing every girl should have in her closet?
Every girl should own a little black dress – I’ve always said this. This is a simple, black dress that is cute, but when you wear it with heels, it’s sexy and eye-catching. You can accessorise it with a denim jacket during the day or glam it up with some chunky jewellery on a night out. It should give you self-confidence no matter when and where you wear it. I wear my little black dress on days and nights that I feel good about myself – it’s just a kind of mood.
Ladies, there is no need to put layers of make up on. Keep it simple and keep it classy. Take care of your skin, your health, and your body. The way you dress says a lot about you, so if you’re happy, express it through the clothes you wear! If you’re sad, put on your favourite outfit (trust me, it will make a difference), and if you’re angry, look fierce and express your attitude in other ways – a red lip always works for me!