Chic First Looks: Amitabh Bachchan goes pop in Bbuddah, Aishwarya’s new Heroine

Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap releases in a fortnight, and Amitabh Bachchan’s first look from the movie is out. Surprise, surprise! The new angry young(?) man dons a pop-coloured look in the movie. The initial posters reveal Mr Bachchan  in colours made popular by Govinda—green, yellow, blue!

Buddah hoga terra baap poster Buddah hoga terra baap poster

Styled by Leepakshi Ellawadi, Amitabh Bachchan is sporting brightly-tinted sunglasses, and some very unexpected combinations of garments. Though we have reserved our verdict on this look till we see the movie, we’re happy to say that Mr Bachchan is willing to experiment with hatke looks despite his umm…. seniority.

What do you think of Big B’s fashion choice in Bbuddah hoga terra baap?

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in and as Heroine

Meanwhile, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan appeared in a purportedly leaked poster of Heroine, revealing… not much. All you see are her grey eyes and brownish hair parted in the middle.

Heroine poster Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Rumour has it that the picture in the poster (designed like a film rag cover) is an old picture of the actor. But you never know.

Meanwhile, another picture is circulating with red-lipped Aishwarya-Rai Bachchan’s bangs gracefully sweeping across her forehead—not sure where that image came from, but we think it’s popped up just to confuse us!

What do you think of the two distinct looks of Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in Heroine (assuming they’re for real)?

Bollywood beauty ads: Bipasha Basu (Wella Kolestint) and Dia Mirza (The Body Shop)

The Bollywood bandwagon is on the endorsement spree yet again (eg: Sonakshi Sinha for D’damas), and the beauty brands are signing them on.

This time Bipasha Basu is promoting Wella Kolestint, a DIY hair colour brand, while Dia Mirza is the face of The Body Shop’s Moisture White range of products. And both actors are looking gorgeous!

Bipasha Basu for Wella Kolestint Dia Mirza in Moisture White ad for The Body Shop

We applaud the choice of ambassadors and visual treatments of both Wella Kolestint and The Body Shop, unlike earlier bloopers (a whitewashed Kajol!). Bipasha Basu has always experimented with her looks, especially her hair (remember she went super short once?), and we’re certain her healthy flowing mane will make women all over the country want to try Wella Kolestint at home. Check out her gorgeous hair at a recent Wella Kolestint event:

Bipasha Basu hair Wella Kolestint event

(Picture from Wella Kolestint Facebook page)

Meanwhile, just-turned producer Dia Mirza has always had clear glowing skin, and folks at The Body Shop India seem to have known that. We love the pristine imagery of the advertisement and Dia’s angelic radiance. I’m sure the photoshop guy didn’t have to “enhance” her complexion too much (thank god for that!).

Our verdict: Finally some sensible brand endorsements on the Bollywood scene! Thank you to both product/ brand managers for giving us a refreshing take on beauty. 🙂

What do you think? Which Bollywood actor makes for the better fit—Bipasha Basu for Wella Kolestint or Dia Mirza for The Body Shop Moisture White range?

Chic video: Imran Khan drops his jeans for Levis, oops… we mean dENiZEN

Levi Strauss Signature is now dENiZEN, and who better to announce it to the Indian youth than Bollywood’s chocolate boy Imran Khan?

In this cute advertisement, Imran drops his Levi’s Signature jeans at a public walk-in laundry for a wash, sitting in his underpants. As a coy Monica Dogra (another customer) gyrates to the music, a baffled Imran looks on. The ad ends with Imran pulling out dENiZEN jeans from the machine, and enjoying the comfort they bring.

Our verdict: Cute advertisement, intelligent casting, good choice of music and even better chemistry.

PS: dENiZEN is a recently-launched mass jeanswear brand in Asia (especially for upwardly mobile youth from 18-28), and will soon be introduced in the US as well. The dENiZEN Spring-Summer line is available at dENiZEN and multi-brand stores across India. Denim bottoms range from Rs 799 to Rs 1399. Also available: casual tops and shirts.

Chic or eeks: Bad boy Hrithik, flower girl Sonakshi for Provogue’s Live Mad

Whatever Hrithik Roshan does, he does it in style. And in Provogue’s latest campaign Live Mad, Hrithik dons the role of a bad boy, from the skull cap and beads to a deadly tattoo and unbuttoned shirt.

Hrithik Roshan Provogue Live Mad

Note the marked difference from an earlier Provogue campaign (Be the Change), in which Hrithik donned formal, sharper clothes to appeal to a slightly more sophisticated or the just-joined-office gang. We rather enjoy Hrithik’s versatility; he’s got the ability to carry off a variety of looks and be those personalities, even in image stills. (And yes, we acknowledge the campaign stylists too!).

Hrithik Roshan for Provogue Be the Change

Meanwhile, Sonakshi Sinha appears in the same campaign in a fresh floral off-the-shoulder blouse and Zeenat Aman-inspired sunglasses. Needless to say, the young lass is no match for Hrithik Roshan.

Sonakshi Sinha Provogue Live Mad

We like the Live Mad theme, though we do feel the campaign’s look (posters, ads, brochure) could have been crazier, whackier and edgier. After all, change of hairstyle isn’t the only way to change your look, is it?

What do you think of Provogue’s Live Mad campaign?

Bollywood Fashion Looks: Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone for Dum Maaro Dum

Dum Maaro Dum released last weekend, after a long series of promotions by the cast—Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Rana Daggubati, Prateik and item girl Deepika Padukone. Take a look at this picture taken at a cricket match last month, where the team turned up to promote the movie:

Dum Maaro Dum Deepika Bipasha match

Some quick fashion lessons from the actors:

  • Torn + skinny jeans = apparently in vogue these days.
  • Accessories can make— or break—an outfit. Not sure if Deepika’s hat really works with her completely casual look, perhaps a sporty cap would have looked better. Bipasha’s belt, on the other hand, pulls the outfit together.
  • You should always dress for the occasion: Sorry Bipasha, we love your pink heels, but wearing those to a cricket match is a faux pas.

Bonus: Bipasha Basu Dum Maaro Dum Style Report

Bipasha Basu plays a Goan woman (Zoe), working for the businessman-villain Biscuita, donning formal blouses and pencil skirts “at work”. In the flashback  she’s an aspiring air hostess, wearing sheer loose tops with coloured bikini tips and shorts.

Bipasha was styled by a team from Mango, Aldo and La Senza for the movie (all high street brands). That makes an interesting fashion mix. It’s a stark contrast to Aisha’s high fashion, but it works for Bipasha and for the movie.

Meanwhile, tell us who do you think is better styled—Deepika Padukone or Bipasha Basu?

Bollywood Fashion Looks: Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone for Dum Maaro Dum

Dum Maaro Dum released last weekend, after a long series of promotions by the cast—Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Rana Daggubati, Prateik and item girl Deepika Padukone. Take a look at this picture taken at a cricket match last month, where the team turned up to promote the movie:

Dum Maaro Dum Deepika Bipasha match

Some quick fashion lessons from the actors:

  • Torn + skinny jeans = apparently in vogue these days.
  • Accessories can make— or break—an outfit. Not sure if Deepika’s hat really works with her completely casual look, perhaps a sporty cap would have looked better. Bipasha’s belt, on the other hand, pulls the outfit together.
  • You should always dress for the occasion: Sorry Bipasha, we love your pink heels, but wearing those to a cricket match is a faux pas.

Bonus: Bipasha Basu Dum Maaro Dum Style Report

Bipasha Basu plays a Goan woman (Zoe), working for the businessman-villain Biscuita, donning formal blouses and pencil skirts “at work”. In the flashback  she’s an aspiring air hostess, wearing sheer loose tops with coloured bikini tips and shorts.

Bipasha was styled by a team from Mango, Aldo and La Senza for the movie (all high street brands). That makes an interesting fashion mix. It’s a stark contrast to Aisha’s high fashion, but it works for Bipasha and for the movie.

Meanwhile, tell us who do you think is better styled—Deepika Padukone or Bipasha Basu?

Chic Weekend: Get a haircut at b:blunt, shop at Ensemble, Grab a Lavie bag

Speaking Chic’s weekend to-dos for fashionable fun!

Get a haircut at b:blunt

One of our favourite salons B:Blunt has just opened at hip and happenin’ Bandra. The salon will be run by Shimsha and Shefali Shetty, the sisters known for great hair styling. So if you’re in Mumbai’s western suburbs, and you’re looking to prep your hair for the hot summer ahead, you know where to go!

Below: Abhishek Bachchan with the Bandra b:blunt team.

b:blunt team: Avan Contractor, Shimsha & Shefali Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Adhuna Akhtar and Osh Bhabani

Shop for Rohit Bal and Kotwara at Ensemble

Ace designer Rohit Bal and Kotwara’s collections recently hit the racks at Ensemble, Kala Ghoda (Mumbai). While Rohit Bal’s collection comprises flowy crushed kurtas, Kotwara’s designer duo Meera and Muzzaffar Ali have used chikankari work on whites and soft pastels.

Below: An outfit from Kotwara’s Ensemble collection

Kotwara - summer 2011

Grab a Lavie bag

We like Lavie bags because they’re affordable and chic. 🙂 Would be a good idea to check out their bags—they’ve got a whole range from sensible work bags to trendy clutches. (Available in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.)

Below: Lavie Cloris bag

Lavie CLORIS bag

Bollywood Fashion Poll: Is Sonakshi Sinha a style icon?


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Sonakshi Sinha made her Bollywood debut in Dabangg opposite Salman Khan and became a popular actor after the film’s success. Since the release, Sonakshi’s PR team has been in overdrive, and the one-movie-old actor is being spotted at various Bollywood and other events—store launches, awards, parties etc.

And the girl has also come under the fashion scanner, when she started walked the ramp for Killer Jeans at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 201o, then made numerous such appearances, including at a Shymal & Bhumika show in Ahmedabad.

Sonakshi Sinha with designer Narendra Kumar at the Killer Jeans press conference in September 2010:

Sonakshi Sinha at Killer jeans

Sonakshi’s been spotted in various designers’ outfits, and fashion lovers and reporters alike have begun writing (mostly positive) about her.

But we have mixed feeling about the actor’s fashion choices. We think that she can carry off some ethnic and Indian outfits, but she mostly fails when she steps out in a jeans-and-blouse outfit or a dress. It’s not just about her figure (we admire her for losing so much weight), it’s the whole look: makeup, hair, accessories, personality, grace and charm.

Sonakshi Sinha at a Provogue store opening in Hyderabad recently:

Sonakshi Sinha at opening of a new store  Provogue at Hyderabad

Though her clothes as such seem alright, something in her look make us want to give her a thumbsdown almost every time we see her.

What do you think? Do you think Sonakshi Sinha can be the next style icon? Take our poll!

 

 

Bollywood Fashion Poll: Is Sonakshi Sinha a style icon?


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Sonakshi Sinha made her Bollywood debut in Dabangg opposite Salman Khan and became a popular actor after the film’s success. Since the release, Sonakshi’s PR team has been in overdrive, and the one-movie-old actor is being spotted at various Bollywood and other events—store launches, awards, parties etc.

And the girl has also come under the fashion scanner, when she started walked the ramp for Killer Jeans at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 201o, then made numerous such appearances, including at a Shymal & Bhumika show in Ahmedabad.

Sonakshi Sinha with designer Narendra Kumar at the Killer Jeans press conference in September 2010:

Sonakshi Sinha at Killer jeans

Sonakshi’s been spotted in various designers’ outfits, and fashion lovers and reporters alike have begun writing (mostly positive) about her.

But we have mixed feeling about the actor’s fashion choices. We think that she can carry off some ethnic and Indian outfits, but she mostly fails when she steps out in a jeans-and-blouse outfit or a dress. It’s not just about her figure (we admire her for losing so much weight), it’s the whole look: makeup, hair, accessories, personality, grace and charm.

Sonakshi Sinha at a Provogue store opening in Hyderabad recently:

Sonakshi Sinha at opening of a new store  Provogue at Hyderabad

Though her clothes as such seem alright, something in her look make us want to give her a thumbsdown almost every time we see her.

What do you think? Do you think Sonakshi Sinha can be the next style icon? Take our poll!

 

 

LFW: Trends seen on Day 3

Day 3 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 was it kicked off with the accessory show, and ended with a rock glam show by Shantanu-Nikhil. We pick our top fashion and accessories trends of the day:

The gleam of metal

From Siddharth Tytler’s Metalosophy show to metallic accessories, there was enough metal on the ramps to send security officers into a tizzy. 😉 Siddharth Tytler’s collection had gold and silver embellishments (or strong metallic hints) on dresses, blouses and even shorts. At Malaga there were gold and silver sequinned bags shining on the ramp, while Suhani Pittie used real metal  to create some interesting neckpieces and cuffs.

(Below left to right: Siddharth Tytler, Malaga, Suhani Pittie)

Siddarth Tytler at LFW S/R 2011 Malaga at LFW S/R 2011 Suhani Pittie at LFW S/R 2011

Debarun’s gold applique glittered on the ramp, giving a rich look to his outfits, while Anita Dongre used gold and silver ribbon borders (though there was nothing unusual or luxurious about them).

(Below left to right: Debarun, two pictures from Timeless by Anita Dongre)

Debarun at LFW S/R 2011 Timeless by Anita Dongre at LFW S/R 2011 Timeless by Anita Dongre at LFW S/R 2011

Fashionable nomads

Babita Malkani sought inspiration from Baul singers from Bengal and the fluid, feminine silhouettes were nomadic, bohemian and chic. The prints included those of Baul singers, Bengali scriptures and abstract designs of musical instruments like the Iktara.

Meanwhile at Aparna and Norden Wangdi’s aptly-titled “New Tower of Babel” the softly draped and asymmetrical dresses had symbols in Japanese, Chinese, English and Sanskrit  in resham, prints or sequins. While the look was anything but sloppy, the outfits reflected new-age nomads.

(Below left to right: Babita Malkani, Aparna and Norden Wangdi)

Babita Malkani at LFW S/R 2011 Aparna & Nordan Wangdi at LFW S/R 2011

Art meets fashion

Rajat Tangri’s Bella Donna sought inspiration from Italian Renaissance painter Fra’ Filippo Lippi, using his painting of Virgin Mary and infant Jesus on his jackets and dresses. Meanwhile Rimi Nayak took a step toward being a mixed media artist by inserting buttons into plastic tag string and attached these on to fabric.  She also used origami on her dresses and skirts.

(Below left to right: Rajat Tangri, Rimi Nayak)

Rajat Tangri jacket at LFW S/R 2011 Rimi Nayak dress LFW S/R 2011

Women get daring

Projecting personalities on the ramp is always tricky, and is usually done with the clothes, hair and makeup. But once in a while, it’s nice to see accessories speaking up for the battered wife as seen at Eina Ahluwalia. Models wore gold pendants shaped like daggers, knives, trishuls, bows and arrows, sickles and even a skull with semi precious stones.

Euna Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2011 Eina Ahluwalia accessories at LFW S/R 2011

Shantanu-Nikhil introduced their bridge brand S&N Drape with evening wear meant for a glam rock diva. With thick orange eyeliner and big crimped hair, the models walked with attitude and some flipped their hair and flirted with the cameras. Corsets replaced sari blouses, and petticoats were absent. Boleros were worn over slinky bodysuits and bronzed brocade was used for sheath dresses. And the divas ended the show with some fun dancing with the designer duo.

Shantanu Nikhil dress at LFW S/R 2011 Shantanu & Nikhil at LFW S/R 2011

Hotties on the ramp

Pictures below, enough said!

(Aditya Roy Kapoor for Debarun and Randeep Hooda for Rajat Tangri)

Aditya Roy Kapoor

Randeep Hooda for Rajat Tangri