Bollywood Fashion: Get Deepika Padukone’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani looks in just one step

Bollywood Fashion: Get Deepika Padukone’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani looks in just one step

Deepika Padukone can wear almost anything and look pretty in it. In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani her character Naina wears a whole variety of clothes and looks great in all of them. Unfortunately,  Deepika’s looks in the movie are as stereotyped and predictable as the storyline, sometimes inappropriate and sometimes just bizarre. I’m not too impressed with costume designer Manish Malhotra’s styling for this movie.

Either way, if you want to adopt Deepika Padukone’s looks, here’s a simple one-step guide to the three key looks she dons in the movie.

Geeky student

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Deepika Padukone

The plain Jane Deepika wears squarish geeky glasses that indicate her studiousness, with simple printed dresses covered up with a light jacket or cardigan. Her straight hair is pulled back into a ponytail or held back with a hair band. BTW, on cold nights, while camping in the Himachal outdoors, Deepika looks surprisingly cozy in knee length dresses!

One step look: Dark rimmed glasses.

Transformation time

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Deepika Padukone Balam Pichkari

Deepika Padukone’s transformation from geeky girl to sexy lass was completed in the most predictable way– by getting drunk, swapping the spectacles for contact lenses, and ditching the comfortable outfits for tiny shorts and prancing around during Holi (when most Indian women want to stay indoors).

One step look: Hot shot pants

Head-turning hottie
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Deepika Padukone Ranbir Kapoor

Once the transformation was complete, we didn’t get to see much of Deepika until a grand wedding in Udaipur. At the wedding, Deepika is pretty much the centre of attention with tiny blouses and low waist lehengas. With her low neck kurtas that are barely concealed by a dupatta, Naina is ultra feminine and desi sexy.

One step look: Midriff-baring lehenga or tight kurta.

Which Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani look do you want to try?

Bollywood Fashion: Barfi is a classic, sweet look from the seventies

Bollywood Fashion: Barfi is a classic, sweet look from the seventies

Barfi! is not a fashionable film, though it’s a fun watch. There is nothing special about the clothes, since the focus is on the characters. Gorgeous clothes would draw attention away from the non-verbal gestures and expressions in this largely silent film, in which a lot of emphasis is on body language, interaction among characters and the setting.


The background

The movie is set in the 1970s and you would expect to see bell bottoms, polka dots and flashy prints and colours. But you won’t spot too many of these in the movie, because Darjeeling is far away from the frenzy of the seventies.

Ranbir Kapoor as Barfi

As a chauffeur’s son, Barfi wears the sweaters and shirts a small-town boy would be expected to wear. Costume designer Aki Narula has paid careful attention to define the character- while Barfi’s clothes are not fashion-forward, he’s a real charmer and a guy like him would be expected to pay some attention to his appearance. Hence you notice the neat look and careful layering. The clothes look neither too fresh nor too worn out.

Ranbir Kapoor in Barfi

Key pieces:

Patterned and knitted sweaters and cardigans (argyle and plaid)

Small checks on shirts

Worn out jackets worn over shirts and cardigans. Ranbir wore a similar jacket on Indian Idol, and I can take a safe guess that it’s from Diesel.

Ranbir Kapoor in Barfi

Ileana D’Cruz as Shruti

As a fresh college graduate, Shruti (Ileana) dresses casually, wearing jeans, turtlenecks, sweaters and skirts, without flashing skin. Her key accessories at this period are hoop earrings- in dozens of sizes, colours and styles!

Ileana D'Cruz in Barfi

As a married woman, Shefalina GUpta has chosen Dhaka saris for Shruti in earthy colours and tiny prints. Her look is reportedly inspired by Jaya Bachchan in Mili and Guddi.

Ileana D'Cruz in Barfi

Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil

Playing an autistic character, Priyanka Chopra underwent a magical transformation and skipped her usual glamourous avatar. Hats off to the team behind her Barfi look for the cropped unruly curls and no-makeup look.

Priyanka Chopra in Barfi

Jhilmil’s childish appearance includes a midi-length dress/ skirt with strong feminine touches like a rounded Peter Pan collar, lace hems and old-fashioned bloomers! She wears Mary Janes with white socks- an apt finishing touch for a schoolgirl. In Kolkata, Jhilmil sticks to loose fit cotton blouses and skirts, with a few comfort clothes like loose printed PJs.

Priyanka Chopra in Barfi

Touching sartorial moment

At one point in the story, Jhilmil develops a childish fascination with sensuality as she tries to ape Shruti’s sari, draping a bedsheet around her, looking very awkward but very satisfied with her achievement. That was one of the super sweet moments in the film.

(Pictures courtesy: UTV Motion Pictures)

Chic Trend: Get Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar look (guide for both guys and girls)

Chic Trend: Get Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar look (guide for both guys and girls)

Couple days ago, I de-coded Ranbir Kapoor’s look in upcoming movie Rockstar, as envisioned and designed by Aki Narula. Today I’ve taken the Rockstar look a step further. Drawing inspiration from Jordan (Ranbir’s character in the movie), here’s how you can get the Rockstar look. The best part is—both guys and gals can get steal from Rockstar, as long as they got the grunge attitude. 🙂

Ranbir Kapoor with guitar in Rockstar


  • To start with, you could wear a military-style jacket or army print/ camouflage shirts. Military jackets were very popular last autumn/winter, so if you’ve got one in your wardrobe, pull it out.
  • If you can’t get your hands on a military jacket, look for army green jackets/ shirts. Another good option is a green or black waistcoat.
  • While I don’t suggest pairing a green/ army shirt with olive cargo pants, you can wear your cargos with basic round-neck tee.
  • If you’re the non-fearing types, dare to wear loose printed pyjamas or harem pants with your jacket or waistcoat.

Below: Jacket from Zara, Probase Cargos (available on

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In the mood to have some fun as a rockstar? You could personalise your clothes by adding your own touch to a jacket or waistcoat. Some suggestions:

Pin some fun badges or paste some stickers on the jacket. They could be of your favourite rock band, sports team or just have some fun quote. An easy alternative is a magnet (use another magnet to hold it in place or attach it with glue).

Below: Badges from FC Barcelona, stickers from Manchester United

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Add feathers and tassles: You could “borrow” tassles from your living room cushion or make your own tassle with wool or thread. Here’s a short and sweet video that shows you the easy way to make a tassle.

Add a totem: Your favourite keychain, quirky picture, photo or bookmark. It’s your personal stamp!

Below: Boot keychain (available on, Clip bookmarks from

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Draw: Sketch a peace sign on the jacket with a thick marker or felt pen. Or you could paint or create a picture on Photoshop and stick it on cardboard, then attach it to your jacket.

Some more crazy tips to look like rockstar Ranbir:

Guys: Grow a beard, keep your hair long.

Girls: Ditch the skinny jeans; wear flowing pants with chappals.

Both: Wear military green sneakers.

Rock on, stay chic!

Bollywood Fashion: How Aki Narula made Ranbir Kapoor a Rockstar!

Bollywood Fashion: How Aki Narula made Ranbir Kapoor a Rockstar!

India’s got a new silver screen rockstar— Ranbir Kapoor! Ranbir’s Jordan (aka Janardan) is a rebel who doesn’t care a damn about the world. He sings about his angst, raises his voice against the establishment, and most importantly, he wears what he wants.

Ace designer Aki Narula has designed for Ranbir in Rockstar, and the two distinct looks he has created for Ranbir are poles apart. Here’s how Aki Narula has worked his magic on Ranbir in the movie.

Ranbir Kapoor’s pre-rockstar look (Janardan)

With unkempt hair and stubble, Jordan portrays the ultimate Jim Morrison fan. But much before his rockstar days, Jordan was Janardan, a middle-class Delhi boy who was awkward around girls and wanted to be cool.

Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar

That’s when Ranbir wears:

  • Skinny and straight-fit jeans
  • Colourful knit sweaters
  • Typical “stylish” shirts

Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar look (Jordan)

Jordan is not the fumbling Delhi boy Janardan in an earlier life. He’s had a broken heart, he’s been to jail, and he’s got a fearless attitude. He doesn’t need to be cool anymore—he goes grunge, dishevelled and vagabond. What Jordan is wearing:

  • Kurtas: He didn’t wear those to college, because kurtas just weren’t cool. Now he wears them because he no longer cares what people think of him.
  • Military jacket: The military-inspired jacket (for both men and women) was a rage last winter, and Ranbir might make it popular again. Given his Kashmiri background, Jordan is quite fascinated with the armed forces.Ranbir Kapoor- embellished jacket in Rockstar
  • Qawwal jackets: These sleeveless jackets indicate Jordan’s connection with qawwali singers.
  • The famous police shirt: Ranbir’s wearing a police shirt in Sadda Haq, with an attached feather. A blatant act of rebellion against the system!
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  • Colours: The gypsies of Prague inspire Jordan to wear bursts of colour and add a personal touch to his performance clothes.


Ranbir’s Rockstar accessories are minimum. He sometimes dons a Nehru cap with badges that remind him of his mentor (Ustad Jameel Khan- Shammi Kapoor), and tassles and small objects like feathers.

Ranbir Kapoor Nehru cap in Rockstar

Besides these, Ranbir is also wearing a chain around his neck with a piece of his first broken guitar string and his first guitar pick. He adds little souvenirs to the chain as he travels around the world.

Ranbir Kapoor chain in Rockstar

What do you like about Ranbir’s look in Rockstar?

Rockstar releases on November 11, 2011.