Archive for ‘Bollywood Fashion’

July 9, 2012

Bollywood Fashion Update: Actress Deepika Padukone’s Style Tour Begins

She has just begun a whirlwind promotional tour for her upcoming film ‘Cocktail’ so we are guaranteed to see more fashion risk taking from the Bollywood showstopper. Preliminary reports are good. I have to say I wasn’t expecting to see her so elegantly decked out in a Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga saree on Sunday as she walked the red carpet at the Filmfare South Awards. The tie-dye skinny jean and tank top look seems in line with the fashion sense of her ‘Cocktail’ character (at least based on what I picked up from the trailers) and as we know actresses tend to dress up as their characters during the film’s promotion. She seemed to be back to being Deepika in a jumpsuit, black peep toe pumps and fuchsia clutch when she stepped out for more promotional duties with her co-stars Saif Ali-Khan (pictured) & Diana Penty (not pictured). What I like about her style is the fact that while she never seems to be trying so hard she never stops short of reminding us of her days as a supermodel with her choice of fashion statements.

Even as she graces the cover of Women’s Health India July/August 2012 gone is her usual high-octane style replaced with a more resort/beach carefree look in line with ‘Cocktail’ tentatively scheduled to hit theatres on July 13th. Yes, Ms. Padukone is in full ‘Cocktail’ promo mode and (while it may be asking for too much) I hope she lands the upcoming covers of L’Officiel and Hi! Blitz magazines just for the sake of glamour. 馃檪


Photo Credit: IANS, Women’s Health Magazine & Mumbai Boss

July 2, 2012

Indian Runway-Model-Turned-Actress Anushka Sharma Covers Filmfare Middle-East – July 2012

It’s not so much as a statement cover but Ms. Sharma does look pretty in a beige-ish pink sequins et sheer mini dress styled up with tousled locks, nude makeup and a simple black chain bag. Three hit films strong (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Band Baaja Baaraat & Ladies vs Vicky Bahl) with a film career that began in 2008, the former model discusses her upcoming film projects with ace directors Anurag Kashyap and Raju Hirani among others. The issue is available on international newsstands now or press/media representatives can request a digital copy at

Side Note: The other headline on the cover quoting French-Indian actress Kalki Koechlin (wife of director Anurag Kashyap) as saying she cannot play Bengali village-girl is so hilarious. I don’t believe I need to read the magazine to figure out why she has said this and if you know what Ms. Koechlin looks like versus a Bengali village girl, you will be laughing at her statement too. I just love Kalki, she is one of my favourite new Indian actresses and a fabulous fashionista might I add. Nice to know she has such a healthy sense of humour and does not take herself too seriously. Hopefully, somebody will challenge her and cast her in this role she does not think she can do.

Open Note To Kalki Koechlin: Meryl Streep would never give such a quote! You can do it Kalki, don’t limit yourself. If Robert Downing Jr. could convincingly play an African-American in ‘Tropic Thunder’ without causing any racial uproar, certainly you can play a Bengali village girl. All you need is a tan and drop your Tamilian accent, the acting thing is already in the bag.


Photo Credit: Filmfare Middle-East, IANS & Greg Miles via Flickr

June 25, 2012

Bollywood Fashion Update: Actress Esha Deol Rocks Designer Rocky S at Her Pre-Wedding Party

The wedding festivities have begun for actress Esha Deol, the daughter of legendary Bollywood actors Dharmendra Deol and Hema Malini. In many Indian traditions, wedding ceremonies and festivities can last up to a week. The bollywood bride showed up at her sangeet (festival of song and dance) draped in a golden orange lehenga choli (skirt and small blouse) designed by edgy designer and one of Fashionwidget’s favourites, Rocky S. Bharat Takhtani, her handsome husband-to-be is not from the film industry.

I have to admit, when I heard whispers that Deol was going to be wearing something by Rocky S, I was thrilled because it takes a really bold and gutsy girl to want to shy away from the traditional favourites like Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, Neeta Lulla and Sabyasachee Mukherjee in favour of a designer known for his innovative yet often risqu茅 designs. Let’s not ignore the fact that Ms. Deol’s main squeeze is a total hit in his navy blue velvet embroidered sherwani suit, the bride-to-be made sure to remind everybody who the original ‘Dhoom’ girl (akin to bond girl, in India) truly is by showing off her assets while remaining stylish and classy. To a truly stunning couple, best wishes.


Photo Credit: DK for Feme Fashions, RO for Fashionwidget & IANS.

June 14, 2012

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan dons Classic Sabyasachi Mukherjee at the Bvlgari Hotel Launch in London

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan dons Classic Sabyasachi Mukherjee at the Bvlgari Hotel Launch in London

Fresh off her most prolific Cannes Film Festival visit yet, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan walked the red carpet alongside the likes of Isabella Rossellini and Florence Welch Tuesday night in London, England as a special guest for the opening of the new Bvlgari Hotel and Residences.

The actress looked regal in black, off white and gold gown complete with a matching net shawl, dressed up with a black & gold Bvlgari Serpenti minaudi猫re leather clutch (拢3120, Harrods, Tel. 00 44 20 7225 6611) and MEDITERRANEAN EDEN ring in 18kt yellow gold with peridot and pav茅 diamonds (call Bvlgari Tel: 44 (0)20 7872 99 69 for price).

Her gown (or anarkali as it is known in India) was designed by legendary Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and you can shop his latest collection here:


Photo Credit: IANS

Additional Credit: Fashionwidget

June 11, 2012

Bollywood Fashion Update: The Best and Worst of the IIFA Awards 2012

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards took place this weekend in Singapore. With the red carpet absence of many fan favourites (seriously, where were A-listers like the Bachchans, the Khans, the Kapoors & the Deols?) As well as fashion favourites (no Sonam Kapoor, no Kangana Ranaut, no Kareena Kapoor, no Twinkle Khanna) we had to make do with whatever was presented to us on the green carpet. So now, without further ado, here’s what was hot and what was lukewarm at IIFA 2012:

Fashionwidget’s Best Dressed Picks

Clockwise: Chitrangada, Preity, Bipasha & Sameera

Fashionwidget’s Fashion Query Report Card

Clockwise: Gaura, Parineeti, Kalki & Dia

Best Dressed Men

L to R: Prateik, Aryan & Aftab

Best Dressed Female at IIFA 2012

Bipasha Basu

Could Have Been a Contender…PC

Priyanka Chopra

I know, I know, the less said the better.


Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani, IANS, Twit Pics & Twicsy

June 4, 2012

Cover Girl: An Open Letter to ‘Fashion’ Actress Priyanka Chopra

Cover Girl: An Open Letter to 'Fashion' Actress Priyanka Chopra

Dear Priyanka,

it has been nearly four years now since your award-winning performance in ‘Fashion’ as the iconic supermodel Meghna Mathur. Who can forget the epic final scene, where Meghna walks the runway during Paris fashion week as the showstopper and she reaches the end of the runway, pivots and strikes that signature pose? Yeah, much like the modified version you have been using on magazine covers since 2008.

The point is, having just viewed you on the cover of the June 2012 edition of ‘Hello Magazine – India’ (pictured), I think it’s safe to say that the time has come to bid adieu and retire the hand-on-hip-tilt-to-the-side pose. Sure this is a great way to trick the camera into creating the illusion of a smaller waistline and yes it does make you look as fierce as Meghna but it is time to let go PC. You are already tiny and gorgeous, no illusions needed. Now open up your bag of tricks and dig for more poses.

Love & Light,


Meghna Mathur in ‘Fashion’

Photo Credit: NDTV, BBFC, Kohl, Savvy, Masala, Femina, Harper’s Bazaar, Hello, Verve, Grazia & Vogue India

May 28, 2012

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan – Get the Cannes Look Courtesy of L’Oreal Paris

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan - Get the Cannes Look Courtesy of L'Oreal Paris

She wowed us at Cannes yet again this year and now with a few simple steps, you too can dress your face up like hers courtesy of the good people at L’Oreal.


Photo Credit: L’Oreal Paris

May 22, 2012

French-Indian Actress Kalki Koechlin in head-to-toe Dior Resort at ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Cannes 2012 Photo-call on Day 7

French-Indian Actress Kalki Koechlin in head-to-toe Dior Resort at 'Gangs of Wasseypur' Cannes Photo-call

Kalki always manages to pull off whatever she opts to wear on the red carpet, thanks in part to her school-girl-ballerina physique, bubbly personality and plucky contemporary appeal. Anybody else with the same complexion would have blended into the pale fabric of this dress especially when playing it up with equally neutral looking accessories. ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ directed by her husband Anurag Kashyap is one of the few Indian films screening at the Cannes Film Festival this year.


Photo Credit: IANS

April 18, 2012

Priyanka Chopra paints the town red in a Lanvin Cape-Sleeve Dress – Shop the exact look or the look-alike for less


Priyanka Chopra in Lanvin
(Photo: Dattaram Kaudare)

Lanvin Cape-Sleeve Dress - $1,043 -

LANVIN Asymmetric crepe silk-blend cape dress - $1,370 (拢860) -

Miu Miu Peep-Toes - $645 -

Or Bargain…

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Fond draped crepe dress - $184 -

Marc Fisher Shoes, Tumble Pumps - A Macy's Exclusive - $63 -

Photo Credit:聽Dattaram聽Kaudare聽and Polyvore

Fashionwidget’s Verdict: Priyanka聽(seen here at the April 5th, 2012 unveiling of her upcoming film ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ in Mumbai) had been doing so well on the red carpet聽until this beautiful red聽mis-step which I happen to prefer on the Lanvin聽model. The dress is great but just not on PC who has managed to make such a statement piece look rather聽matronly and unflattering.


April 3, 2012

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Endorse Kalyan Jewellery?


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

If unconfirmed reports are to be believed,聽Indian聽actress and recent mum Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan is about to ink a multi-million dollar聽deal with Kalyan聽Jewellers of India, a landmark聽campaign that is also said to also聽include her father-in-law veteran actor Amitabh聽Bachchan. According to the Times of India (TOI), Mr. Kalyanaraman聽of the Kalyan聽group has gone on record to state聽that the company hopes to聽conclude the drafting of聽the deal within the next聽ten days. “Aishwarya is enjoying her motherhood. Her office told us that she will be ready for the photo-shoot only after she sheds some weight and is back to her glamorous best,” the executive went on to reveal.聽聽


Rai-Bachchan is no stranger to ad-campaigns, she is currently a brand ambassador for L’Oreal聽Paris Cosmetics and Swiss Luxury Watch brand Longines. In the past, she was the brand ambassador for聽 Nakshatra聽diamonds (a division of DeBeers).聽 Kalyan聽jewellers (founded by T.S. Kalyanaraman聽in 1993) is the largest jewellery chain in India and has over 4,000 employees and 32 showrooms across South India, according to

Photo Credit:聽Zimbio content provider Getty Images Europe

Additional Credit: kalyanjewellers.net聽& wikipedia


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