Action Replayy clothes: Yeah or no way?


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Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer Action Replayy hits theatres today. The movie is based in the 1970s, and the film’s designer Manish Malhotra (who else?) has pulled all stops to give each cast member an authentic 1970s look.

But we remember the seventies, don’t we? How many of you think the clothes in the movie resemble those of the 1970s? See the pictures and vote!

Action replayy poster Action replayy poster Akshay Kumar

Meanwhile, check out what Akshay Kumar wore to Lakme Fashion Week in September to promote his film. We understand you wanted to look like you’re from the 1970s, but what’s with the polo neck on a hot day? And check out Rannvijay’s yellow shirt with black waistcoat. Doesn’t suit him at all.

Akshay Kumar & Rannvijay at Lakme Fashion Week

MasterChef: Should Akshay Kumar wear an apron?

Barely a week after Amitabh Bachchan’s return to the small screen, Akshay Kumar made his small-screen comeback with MasterChef India (not with the Rs 17 lakh sherwani though).

Akshay Kumar isn’t really known for his wardrobe or style statement, but this time he does try to be cool. He’s wearing open-necked shirts with suits, no tie. And our ever-sharp eyes fell on his shirts: they were floral prints.

Not only do they completely conflict with the tough guy-turned-chef look, they look kinda funny. We’d not advise any guy to wear such shirts.

  Akshay Kumar in floral shirt and blazer: MasterChef MasterChef- Akshay Kumar floral shirt

Our advice to Akshay: Cover up your floral shirt with an apron, or a chef’s jacket. Better still, don’t wear a shirt, just an apron. Guaranteed to get MasterChef India TRPs soaring. 😉

What do you think of Akshay Kumar’s wardrobe in MasterChef India? Tell us!

Pictures courtesy: Star Plus/ MasterChef India

Guys, would you wear velvet like Big B?

Amitabh Bachchan kicked off the season premiere of Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 last night with a song-dance-monologue performance, wearing a velvet suit, among other outfits designed by Vikram Phadnis. The suit had a crest of sorts over the left breast pocket and on the back, in what seems to be zardosi work.

KBC4 velvet suit

(FYI, in the quiz show Amitabh Bachchan will be wearing bespoke Ravi Bajaj suits).

Noteworthy: Mr Bachchan has worn velvet earlier. Last week, he walked the ramp for Karan Johar and Varun Bahl at HDIL India Couture Week in a long black double breasted coat with a high velvet collar.

Amitabh Bachchan at Karan Johar- Varun Bahl

Seinfeld’s George Costanza once said, “I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable.” Seems like his time has come.

So guys, would you drape yourself in velvet? Tell us!

Manish Malhotra gets Ash back on the ramp

Manish Malhotra’s couture bridal collection for HDIL India Couture Week comes soon after his LFW collection, and this time with a much-talked-about showstopper.

Manish went festive with plenty of colours: white to flame red, maroon, wine and jade green. He sexed up the collection with tiny cholis and cutaway backs, teamed with tiered or panelled lehengas, and velvet and brocade borders. Like his LFW collection, he often used shaded net for saris, with zardosi and crystal embellishments. Oh, and he favours kalidar kurtas.

Take a look:

Manish Malhotra couture week- orange lehenga Manish Malhotra couture kalidar kurta

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the ramp for Manish.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Manish Malhotra

Didn’t think much of this corset-fit blouse.

What do you think of Manish Malhotra’s showstopping outfit for Aishwarya? Tell us!

Guess who wore a Rs 17 lakh sherwani?

Akshay Kumar!

Akshay Kumar at Udaipur palace

While shooting for Master Chef India in Udaipur, Akshay Kumar donned this diamond- and pearl- studded sherwani by well-known designer Abu Jani. The outfit was selected by his fashionable wife Twinkle Khanna, who no doubt wanted Akshay to look like royalty when he met the king of Udaipur, Sriji Arvind Mewar during the shoot. (The episode was shot in his residential palace).

Here’s Akshay with the king:

Akshay Kumar with king of Udaipur

Must say we’re dazzled by the sherwani and the crazy price tag!

What do you think of this special sherwani? Tell us!

LFW: 10 things we learnt at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010

Gold is in

That’s what Sailex told me just after his show. And I guess he was right. Model wearing gold chainsOxidised silver has almost disappeared, and there were plenty of gold accessories as well as embroideries (gota and gold ribbon work).

Less of more is more

We Indians want to show off our jewels, but don’t want to show too much of it. Hence, the current look is neither OTT, nor is it minimal. We’ve struck a fine balance between the two. Thank god for that.

The grass is greener on the other side…

Western wear designers attempted Indian garments for the first time (Anupama Dayal and Nachiket Barve); while primarily Indian wear designers offered western garments (Label by Ritu Kumar). Are the new endeavours are driven by aesthetic or business needs, or both?

Live tweeting has almost replaced journalism

I love tweeting, and I’ve live-tweeted a couple events. I rather enjoyed reading the tweets from fashion magazines, websites, TV channels and LFW, but sadly, I wonder if the urgent need to get the information out is replacing fashion journalism and criticism. Not much note-taking, and you should have seen the amount of press releases that went unused.

Love it or hate it, Bollywood is big

As a friend told me, “When big Bollywood stars don’t show up, people complain [that the fashion week is thanda]. When a Bollywood star does show up, people complain that film stars are replacing fashion.” True!

Indian Standard Time is as stretchable as lycra

As we waited to enter the main show area for the grand finale (which started more than an hour late), we could spot the models rehearsing. Most shows started at least 20-25 minutes late, while some were delayed by as much as 45 minutes.

Model at Label by Ritu Kumar It’s all on the head

Head gear in various forms appeared everywhere—Little Shilpa, Jelin George (Gen Next), Label by Ritu Kumar, among others. Is head gear the new wide belt?

Lots of clothes doth not maketh a collection

The designer creates clothes for his “collection”. But what if you leave the show feeling confused about what the collection was really about? Some designers used all fabrics, all colours, all possible trendy embellishments. Where’s the theme or thought behind it?

Winter, Summer, Festive, Resort… it’s all the same, right?

We saw bikinis, beach and resort wear on the ramp, along with minis and shorts. Even seasonless Mumbai deserves new fashion trends.

Fashion Week is fun, but tiring.

🙂

LFW: Bollywood on your feet

Naya Daur is the name of a popular Dilip Kumar movie, and also the name of Rohan Arora’s shoe collection for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010. Why Naya Daur? One, because it’s inspired by old Bollywood hand-painted posters; two, because Rohan’s used a new kind of leather, combined with khadi for his shoes.

Model wearing Rohan Arora shoes Rohan Arora's shoes at LFW

Rohan’s collection comprised boots and slip-ons imprinted with poster-inspired imagery. The shoes were in shades of beige, brown, orange and red, with spiral heels, cuffs and laces. Unlike other Bollywood-inspired garments and accessories, Rohan’s shoes were neither garish nor trying too hard. Sadly, boots are not ideal for Mumbai weather, but I have my eyes on the slip-ons already.

Meanwhile, check out the shopping bag a model carried on the ramp. Bollywood shopping, anyone? 🙂

Devdas bag Rohan Arora with model

LFW: Neeta Lulla’s blinding collection

My eyes! My eyes! Neeta Lulla’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 collection was an uncomfortable experience, to say the least. At one point, I wanted to close my eyes and walk out of the main show area.

Too loud. Too OTT. Too much bling. I should have worn dark glasses to the show.

As a journalist later told me, “Ghastly!”

Neeta Lulla at LFW Neeta Lulla sari at LFW

PS— As mentioned in our Neeta Lulla preview, we weren’t expecting much from the show, but we never thought it would be this bad either. Sigh!

LFW: Manish Malhotra shows us red

Dear Manish,

I loved Kajol’s green lehenga in DDLJ, the shaded saris in almost all Yashraj movies, and I especially love the saris Kareena Kapoor wears on the red carpet (all yours, of course). You’ve made an easy transition from costume designing to creating wearable clothes. You continue dressing gorgeous actors in gorgeous clothes, and bridezillas insist on wearing a Manish Malhotra for their wedding. So what I didn’t understand is why you, of all designers, needed a sponsor for your Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 show.

While I did like some of the clothes in your collection, I was a tad disappointed. Using maroon, blue and black, you created a very wearable evening wear collection. But you put hammered everything possible into this collection—from silhouettes to embroidery.

Manish Malhotra show at LFW Manish Malhotra LFW red churidar kurta

I saw harem pants, salwars, kurtas, flowing skirts, lehengas, baby doll kurtis, shaded net and chiffon saris and velvet borders. For embroidery, again you used everything—zari, crystals, sequins and brocade.

The missing link was that there was no link. There was everything, yet not one concrete idea I could use for the upcoming festive season, nor a single “Wow!” moment.Manish Malhotra's show at LFW Mumbai

Manish, people will continue to buy your clothes, and Bollywood will continue to hire you, but here’s some unsolicited advice: experiment, go crazy, think beyond the usual!

Looking forward to your next collection already.

With love,

Speaking Chic team

Priyanka Chopra goes short on fear

Khatron ke Khiladi is back with season three (called tiguna), and this time it’s the other way round. The contestants are men, and the host is a woman—actor Priyanka Chopra.

Two episodes have been aired so far, and in both episodes Priyanka has shocked and awed us with her wardrobe. She’s gone super-duper short. In the kick-off episode, she wore a printed dress, covered with a shrug with sharp bejewelled shoulders.

priyanka chopra_khatronkekhiladi priyankadino_02

And in the second episode of the Indian adaptation of Fear Factor, Priyanka wore a one-shouldered pink top with blink-and-you-miss hot short pants. Note her coloured hair and funny hairstyle in the picture on the right. Looks like a golden retriever’s hair straightened. Un-chic!

Priyanka, we know you’ve got great legs, and that’s part of the reason why the producers and Colors roped you in (you’re not a great host, sorry). But at least try to get the clothes right. Chuck the fancy stuff, which screams “trying too hard”!

What we’d like to see Priyanka wearing next on the show: jeans with boots, a masculine shirt, military and camouflage—cargo pants, khakis et al.

What do you think of Priyanka Chopra’s clothes in Khatron ke Khiladi 3?