Nadine Motiwalla

Nadine Motiwalla always looks the part. A stylist supreme working in television, she has made a career of knowing exactly what it means to “look the part”. We stole a few minutes with the ever well-dressed, social-influencer-in-the-making, loyal Maison Héroïne friend and fan. Topics on the proverbial table? Motiwalla’s views on substance and style, the women who inspire her, and just why she’s fallen hard for Maison Héroïne.

What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?

Working a stylist means that every day is different. Every day brings with it new challenges. Plus, the fashion world is constantly changing too – so there’s always something new at play.

What do you think the traits of a great leader are?

One of the most important traits is creativity – that’s what stops any stagnation arising. You have to motivate and inspire a team. And be pleased with the growth of others. It’s important to remain determined too, but without being completely consumed by your own determination.

Which women inspire you?

Women with vision are most inspiring to me. Those who always stand behind what they do and don’t concern themselves too much with the opinion of other people. I’m not about being “everybody’s darling” – I like people with a backbone.

I’m all for functionality as long as it doesn’t influence
the look and feel of a product

What does success mean to you?

Fashioning the life I want to lead. Reaching the goals I’ve set for myself and discovering new challenges too. I always try to stay true to my values as well.

What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learnt professionally?

If you wait too long to do something, somebody else will do it. And better.

With multiple facets to your career, how do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

I don’t have so many friends that work in the fashion industry, which allows me to remember that not everything revolves around fashion and to switch off. And I jog to unwind and de-stress – it keeps my head clear.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

There are a couple of things that have real addition potential: my Lip Conditioner from Mac and peppermint tea. And, of course, my Maison Héroïne ‘Marlene’!

How would you describe your style?

Before my thirties, I tried a lot of different things out. At some point though, you know what suits you and what you feel most comfortable with. I like a good trend – but we don’t have to follow every trend. I’d say my style is something like “oversize with a touch of girliness”.

How important to you is the connection between fashion and functionality?

If I hear function in the same breath as fashion, I normally shudder, because I associate it so much with practicality. And as far as aesthetics are concerned, I’m anything but practical! Of course there’s more and more that fits into this “functional fashion” world now, and I’m very happy that there’s so much that’s functional but beautiful too. In short: I’m all for functionality as long as it doesn’t influence the look and feel of a product.

What does Maison Héroïne mean to you?

Functionality without aesthetic compromises!