Posts tagged ‘Bollywood style’

August 7, 2012

Fashion Query: A Birkin as Your School Book Bag?

The last time I saw a Hermès Birkin in a Bollywood movie, it was being featured as an honorary prop/character (see “bagwati” the Birkin in Zoya Akhtar’s 2011 film ‘Zindagi na milegi dobara’) “bagwati” retailed at €12,000 in the film (approximately $15,000 USD or £10,000 GBP) eek! So imagine my surprise when director Karan Johar (My name is Khan, Kabhie Kushie Kabhie Gham) unveiled the first look for his upcoming film ‘Student of the Year’ last week and one of the main characters was shown sporting a Birkin as her school book bag. All I’m saying at this point is that this character (portrayed by 16-year-old newcomer Alia Bhatt) better be the daughter of a Sheik, oil tycoon or a shrewd businessperson in order to justify why a teenager would carry such an expensive accessory to her HIGH SCHOOL.

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Photo Credit: Red Chillies Entertainment/Dharma Productions

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August 3, 2012

Mag Rack: What Do Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan Have in Common?


Besides their killer looks and stunning beauty? Both actresses have now been seen paying fashion tributes to iconic Hollywood characters from blockbuster films on the cover of international magazines. Rai-Bachchan did it first back in February 2011 when she graced the cover of Vogue India wearing a Natalie Portman in ‘Black Swan’ inspired Dior couture feathered blazer. Now Padukone (on the cover of GQ India August 2012) pays tribute to ‘Catwoman’ Anne Hathaway’s character from the Hollywood summer blockbuster ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ dressed in a skin-tight corseted leather suit complete with a jewel encrusted cat-eye mask.

While Rai-Bachchan is still on maternity leave following the birth of her first child in November of 2011, Padukone will next be seen in the movie ‘Race 2’ opposite John Abraham and her current hit film ‘Cocktail’ co-star Saif Ali-Khan.

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Photo Credit: GQ India and Vogue India

July 24, 2012

Mag Rack: Model/Indian Actress Diana Penty Covers Vogue India in Pucci – July 2012


I typically do not like mullet dresses but Diana Penty made me look twice when I spotted her in this lacy mini embellished showstopper’s frock this afternoon while browsing the magazine rack. The stunning former runway model who made her acting debut in the Bollywood hit movie ‘Cocktail’ alongside Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali-Khan, covers the current issue of Vogue – India. The issue is available on international newsstands as well as in abridged digital form at vogue.in


The wonderful frock she is wearing is by Emilio Pucci

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Photo Credit: Vogue.in

Additional Credit: High Heel Confidential

July 23, 2012

Another Day Another Victim of Photoshop Anarchy: Bollywood’s Kareena Kapoor

A few months ago Fashionwidget reported that Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor had shot a sizzling item number for her upcoming film ‘Heroine’. Photos that floated out from behind-the-scenes showed a scantily clad Kapoor (wearing Manish Malholtra) proudly showing off her curvy figure which made it all the more shocking when the official posters were released this past weekend, with one of them showing the actress looking more like a rail-thin supermodel compared with what we’d previously seen. Gone were the curves, her cherubic face and full arms replaced by a too-thin-to-be-real waistline, suspicious looking bosom area, toned tummy, poreless skin and thinner arms. To call this an enforcement of an unfair ideal would be understating the obvious. To be fair, the movie which reportedly has received an “A” certificate (India’s answer to the NC-17 feature) is not marketed towards tweens and teens but that does not excuse this Photoshop fiasco.

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Photo Credit: UTV Motion Pictures and Twicsy

July 18, 2012

Mag Rack: Actor Arjun Rampal Covers L’Officiel in Gucci & Omega

Mag Rack: Actor Arjun Rampal Covers L'Officiel in Gucci & Omega

WHO: Former model & Indian Actor Arjun Rampal

WHAT: L’Officiel Magazine

WHEN: July/August 2012

Fashionwidget’s Verdict: A few days ago I expressed the desire to see Indian actress Deepika Padukone cover the latest issue of among other fashion periodicals, l’officiel as part of the promotional junket for her new movie ‘cocktail’. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon super sexy actor Arjun Rampal on the latest cover of the magazine instead. I’ll take it, seeing as I love both entertainers & their style, it’s all the same love and I have to say Mr. Rampal is looking really stellar here in an all-black Gucci attire and a wrist watch by Omega. The actor will next be seen in the movie ‘Ishq in Paris’ (Love in Paris) with legendary French actress Isabelle Adjani and fellow Indian actress Preity Zinta.

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Photo Credit: L’Officiel

July 17, 2012

Bollywood Fashion Update: Deepika Padukone Opts for a Sabyasachi Saree for the ‘Cocktail’ Premiere


Stylishly seen here on the cover of EYE (a section of the Indian Financial Express), former Indian supermodel turned actress Deepika Padukone is riding a tidal wave of popularity with the success of her recent films ‘desi boyz’ & the newly released ‘cocktail’ not to mention countless magazine covers that almost rival her days as a supermodel as well as numerous appearances promoting her brands. One such occasion was that of the world premiere of ‘cocktail’ in Mumbai last week where she debuted her newly curvy figure in a stunning 2012 bridal collection Sabyasachi saree. Previously in the week, she promoted the film wearing casual looks from Halston Heritage and Diesel, in all of which she looked on-trend and poised. See collages below for details on where to buy the looks.

SNAG HER STYLE

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Photo Credit: India Today, Hindustan Times, DK, Pinkvilla, Viral Bhayani & The Hindu.

July 16, 2012

Bollywood Fashion Update: Imran Khan Covers Filmfare Magazine – August 2012

Looking too cool for school in a classic white tee, faded jeans & wayfarer sunglasses Indian actor Imran Khan covers filmfare magazine’s first issue for the month of August 2012.

I love Imran Khan (Fashionwidget’s choice for best dressed bollywood male 2011) the actor and the stylish bloke. I have not seen enough of him this year on the red carpet but wherever & whenever the reclusive actor has shown up, he has delivered the style as expected even at somewhere as simple as the airport. He just knows how to bring something special to the traditional suit look and I think that’s the style factor I appreciate most about him. His wife Avantika’s style (pictured below) is a different tale entirely but she is a star-wife and is free to dress any way she chooses to. I appreciate those who try to make fashion statements but if they do not care for fashion then they should be left alone. While we’re on fashion statements, I’m hoping that new beard Khan has been sporting is for an upcoming movie role…it keeps growing and looks a bit creepy. Nothing against bearded people or beards or anything.

Imran Khan’s Best Looks – 2012


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Photo Credit: IANS, Filmfare Magazine India & V. Bhayani

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. 🙂

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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 filmfare.com/magazine.

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.
😉

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

June 29, 2012

Bollywood Fashion Update: Hitched! Meet the Takhtanis

Indian actress Esha Deol is now Mrs Esha Deol-Takhtani. Deol and her businessman hubby Bharat Takhtani tied the knot Friday in India before a close-knit group of family and friends. The bride and groom both wore custom-made outfits by Neeta Lulla. I guess I spoke too soon when a few days ago I applauded Deol for opting to wear a non-traditional designer (Rocky S) for her sangeet because she ended up predictably (Neeta and daughter Niksha Lulla were the only fashion designers who attended her sangeet) wearing a traditional wedding designer on her wedding day. I cannot knock her fashion game though, she looked magnificent.
Cheers to the newlyweds.
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Photo Credit: DK

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