Even if you haven’t watched Mausam, we bet you’ve seen Sonam Kapoor’s gorgeous red gown and her salwar kameezes in the movie’s promos, designed by Kolkata-based Anamika Khanna.
Being a romance film, Sonam’s colour palette is soft yet vivid (the red gown and black are the strongest colours), her silhouette feminine, and her outfits easily gel in with the rural Punjab setting. Also commendable is the job done by Lovleen Bains creating authentic costumes for the Punjabi village folk.
Here’s a look at Sonam’s various looks in Mausam:
In the first season (set in winter of 1992), Sonam’s Aayat wears plain salwar kameezes with Kashmiri-embroidered shawls with (she plays a Kashmiri). She wears her hair straight or ties it up cutely when she heads to high school.
Over in Scotland seven years later, Sonam’s got a quirky vibe with long curly hair always decorated with a flower, even in ballet class. Her clothes are super-girly as she wears long skirts and dresses, layering them with light cover-ups. Her makeup is mostly nude; her flaming red gown and lips a stark contrast to Sonam’s looks of the season. Sonam carries off the “red”ness with elegance and poise, looking absolutely gorgeous and graceful. (It was my “Woah!” moment in the movie). We also loved the white dress Sonam wore on a trip to the countryside.
Then the storyline takes a serious turn, and the mood is sombre, melancholic and doleful. Sonam loses her lover, her love of colour and “happy” clothes. Her colours are now black, blue and grey, and she covers her head with a shawl (not sure why).
In the final season, Sonam is based in Gujarat and it was a pleasant surprise to see her in saris—bandhini and a printed one (we think it’s made from organic fabric).
Our favourite outfit in Mausam is the green sari Sonam wears when Shahid is coming over to dinner. The sari’s blouse has a crochet/ lace border and the fine thread embroidery done by hand is wonderfully Indian, contemporary and dressy, without being OTT.
While the movie is not much home to write about, some fashion lovers may be tempted to watch the movie for Anamika Khanna’s creations. Given the limitations of the character and the plot, the designer has done a good job, and a handful of the outfits are inspirational. However, if you really want to see Sonam’s best clothes, we suggest you watch Aisha again.