Bollywood Fashion: An introduction to Cocktail style

Bollywood Fashion: An introduction to Cocktail style

Talking fashion with Anaita Shroff Adajania is fun though a bit overwhelming. After all, she is fashion director for Vogue India and costume stylist for a bunch of movies, which kinda makes her an industry veteran.

So of course I was nervous when I spoke to her about fashion in Cocktail, her latest movie project. With her insights, I’ve put together a primer on key looks in the movie. Enjoy!

Cocktail- Deepaika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Diana Penty

(Psst… This is just a look-see into the movie, stay tuned for more Cocktail fashion over the next few days.)

Veronica (played by Deepika Padukone):

Deepika Padukone in Cocktail

Veronica is a fashion forward gal, though she doesn’t follow trends blindly. She enjoys looking good and being the centre of attention, even though she makes her style look completely effortless. She experiments by mixing high street fashion with designer wear and dressing according to her mood. So you never know what she’s going to wear next!

What she wears: Being a fun-loving girl in the movie, you will spot Deepika wearing off-shoulder tees, bold colours and prints, shorts, distressed jeans, designer bags and stacked accessories.

Deepika Padukone in Cocktail

Style in five words or less: Unpredictable, whimsical, fun!

What I like: The animal print cardigan and gold party dress.

Veronica’s fashion tip: Be your own person, folks! Pick up things you like- they could be from anywhere- and put your looks together.

Meera (played by Diana Penty):

Diana Penty in Cocktail

Meera is a middle-class girl from Delhi, hence her dressing style is a bit conservative- so you will see her in kurtas and patialas, and she probably still wears butterfly clips! She wants to blend in with the crowd, and will keep her arms and legs covered as much as possible. Even though she dresses for comfort, the layering makes her wardrobe exciting.

What she wears: Meera’s staples are a simple cardigan with chinos or flared jeans. Her prints are simple too- nautical stripes, polka dots and delicate florals.

Style in five words or less: Muted, feminine and understated.

Diana Penty- Saif Ali Khan in Cocktail

What I like: Layering cardigans over tees with skinny belts, comfy blouses and tees.

Meera’s fashion tip: Simplicity is never boring. Being conservative can be cool!

Gautam (played by Saif Ali Khan):

Gautam’s got a very casual approach to life and fashion. He wears a jacket to work only because he has to, and pairs it with a skinny tie. He probably doesn’t iron his clothes, and keeps it casual most times. He’s got the “lived-in” look.

Saif Ali Khan in Cocktail

What he wears: Saif’s character enjoys wearing old t-shirts, easy shirts, shorts and subtly distressed jeans.

Style in five words or less: Easy dressing!

What I like: Worn-out tees and shorts.

Gautam’s fashion tip: Wear your clothes with a bit of carelessness.

Which character’s look would you like to try?

Coming soon: Bollywood Fashion: The Anaita Shroff Adajania interview! stirs a heady fashion mix in Cocktail

Chic Poll: Red carpet gown: yeah or no way?


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Have you ever worn a gown? Or even been to a party or event where you need to wear one? You know what we mean—red carpet events are like the awards ceremonies or glam celebrations where stars and wannabes spend hours getting dressed, walk down a small carpet-laden path and pose for pictures, the women mostly in gowns.

Closer home, the sari was the red carpet garment of choice for decades, till a new breed of actors appeared on the scene: Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Bipasha Basu. They’re smart, they’re savvy and they love their designer gowns.

Below (left to right): From Gauri & Nainika’s LFW S/R 2011 collection; from S&N Drape’s LFW S/R 2011 collection

Gauri & Nainika gown LFW S/R 2011 Shantanu Nikhil S&N Drape LFW S/R 2011

Sure, evening wear gowns look great, glamourous and sexy, but how many of us have either worn one or even had an opportunity to

wear one? In the few parties I’ve attended, I barely saw any women wearing gowns– and why should they? You need to be statuesque,

slim and pretty much in shape to carry them off. If you get your jewellery wrong, or your hair, the whole look seems out of whack.

So the good news is– everyone’s among the glitterati is either wearing floor-length gowns or making them (at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011, we lost count of the number of designers with gowns in their collection). The bad news– we’ve hardly seen women like you and me wearing them, even at posh dos. Dresses—yes, gowns—nope!

And besides, how many “red carpet” events do us ordinary women attend anyways?

Which brings us to our fashion poll: how many of you wear gowns? Or have you ever worn a gown? Do you think you’ll ever wear one?

Answer our poll or leave a comment below!

Fashion Primer: Deepika tells ‘Break ke Baad’ to wearable clothes

Break ke Baad: Deepika Padukone in bikini topDeepika Padukone seems to have kissed her approachable, simple, practical wardrobe a goodbye. For in her latest movie Break ke Baad, she doesn’t seem to be wearing much. Even so, here’s a look at her style statement in the flick (also starring Imran Khan).

For starters, Deepika (playing Aaliya Khan) is wearing super-short shorts with not much to accompany them: mostly bikini tops, some beach cover-ups and loose blouses and dresses, and tshirts with funky lines. Even in the lehenga, Deepika is wearing a teeny choli with a namesake pallu and low-waist skirt. Also, Kareena Kapoor’s layered t-shirts from Golmaal 3 are worn by Deepika as well.

 

 Break ke Baad lehenga  Break ke Baad: Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan  Deepika Padukone in tshirt in Break ke Baad

We think the look is inconsistent: it’s a hotchpotch of college casual, Florida staples, and Sunday brunch. Nothing character-defining. FYI, Deepika’s clothes have been put together by Ayesha Dasgupta (who also did her wardrobe in Love Aaj Kal). 

 Speaking Chic Verdict: Deepika’s clothes might inspire teenagers across the country, but it won’t make you run to the mall. Instead, you will probably run to the nearest gym to get the legs legs that has all young Indian women burning with jealousy.

What do you think of Deepika Padukone’s look in Break ke Baad?

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Best on-screen wardrobe

It wasn’t Kareena nor Katrina, but Sushmita Sen’s outfits in Do Knot Disturb that were tres chic! She donned the right clothes for the role of a rich woman being cheated on by her husband — high-fashion and luxe.

The movie was a real drag, but Sush’s clothes made me look forward to her next screen appearance. The final scene in which she wore a white dress, statement chain-link necklace and hat? Fantastic end to an otherwise boring movie.

Weirdest on-screen wardrobe

Kareena Kapoor’s outfits in Kurbaan gets a thumbs down from us. In Delhi, she tried the Indo-Bohemian look, with a fitted V-neck tee, shawl draped round her neck, flowing ghagra skirt, AND a churidar. How’s that for too much? Sorry, but it just doesn’t work. When she shifted to NY, she apparently forgot her clothes in India, and stuck to body-hugging tees with tight jeans and leggings. Great body, girl, but excite us, we’ve seen enough of bodycon!

Most disappointing wardrobe

Skirts are a girl’s new best friend, agreed. But did we have to see Katrina Kaif in skirts and sleeveless tops and dresses in almost every frame of Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani? Ranbir Kapoor’s thin long ties and crazy prints were more exciting than Katrina’s bare arms, frankly.

Wardrobe revival

You can never go wrong with Sabyasachi saris, so that was a safe bet. But Vidya Balan going boho-chic in Paa flashbacks definitely wasn’t. The talented actor brightened the silver screen with a) the saris and b) earthy colours and long skirts, complemented by messed up and crimped long hair.

Both looks totally worked for Ms Balan, and methinks it’s partly due to with the newfound confidence thanks to her weight loss. Well done!

Saddest beauty trend

Yes, size zero is always troublesome, but that’s so 2008. The last month of the year threw a new bouncer at us: two lovely dusky women in TV commercials looking completely whitewashed! We mean Kajol and Deepika Padukone endorsing Olay and Neutrogena respectively. There was good money for sure, but why did they appear so pale? God help us!

Great expectations of 2010

A sneak peek into the sets of Aisha has Sonam Kapoor looking casual, well-dressed and fresh, while Abhay Deol is just as dapper.

Based on Jane Austen’s Emma, it’s the movie to watch out for in 2010.