Bollywood Fashion: Student of the Year is all about the brands

Bollywood Fashion: Student of the Year is all about the brands

Karan Johar’s movies are not known for portraying stark reality, but Student of the Year is based in a hyper-real world. The “school” in the movie (St. Teresa) is perhaps the size of Hogwarts, houses students who are impossibly multi-faceted, good-looking and rich, and even the “Bata” gang dresses in premium brands.

Student of the Year fashion

Brands, brands, brands!

Alia Bhatt is Shanaya, the vain bimbo, who marvels at her beauty and pampers herself with brands. You name the brand, and it’s there. Her introductory song (Gulabi Aankhein) has a chorus which mentions and features luxury brands like Manolo, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Stella McCartney. Really! Take a look:

And then begins a game of spot-the-brand. Rishi Kapoor, for instance, pops open a Burberry umbrella in the sun, and reads notes from a Louis Vuitton case/ folder. Alia Bhatt totes a Dior bag and an Hermes Birkin. Even the sportswear is sponsored- the football uniforms by Puma and the triathlon clothes by Fusion (a UK brand specialising in triathlon clothing). As for the men in the movie—they are walking-talking Ray-Ban advertisements. 😀

Student of the Year

Key Looks

Shanaya is a feminine girl who wears mostly dresses and skirts, sometimes hot shot pants. On a normal day, she carries a Birkin, and brings a Dior bag to her school canteen. The lucky girl also wears Manish Malhotra outfits to a wedding. Her wardrobe is so out of touch with reality that she doesn’t have “hospital” clothes.

Alia’s makeup (done by Mickey Contractor) is only about red lips, and her hair is straightened and slicked back with a cutesy hairband. This lucky young lady has got to wear the best designers and brands, but it’s unfortunate to see her in a uniform look throughout the movie (pun intended).

Alia Bhatt in Student of the Year

Rohan (Varun Dhawan) and Abhimanyu (Siddharth Malhotra) are The Dudes At School, so they look good in every frame. Varun plays an aspiring musician, hence quirky prints like Mickey Mouse tshirts and the like are his statement. Siddharth Malhotra is dressed a bit more “serious”. Even so, his character is “poor” enough to be on scholarship, but can afford Quiksilver tshirts, Aviators and designer kurtas. The guys’ buff bods work well for them and are an essential part of their look, since they need to look sexy in their body-hugging sports gear.

Student of the Year - Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra

Meanwhile, Rishi Kapoor’s gay character wears polka dotted and pink ties with mismatched shirts and blazers with quirky brooches on the lapel (like a koala bear and crystal-encrusted reptile!).

Student of the Year- Rishi Kapoor

The Coolest School

The uniform of this cool “school” is pretty awesome- you can wear anything you want, as long as you wear the school blazer over it. Manish Malhotra has styled the lead actors while Shiraz Siddique and Archana Walavalkar have worked with the supporting cast.

Alia Bhat Varun Dhawan in Student of the Year

Being a Karan Johar movie, all characters look good, wear cool clothes and are quite trendy. If I went to such a learning institution, I’d either die of brand envy or spend an hour a day choosing my wardrobe and fixing my hair and makeup. Not to mention I’d end up draining my family’s precious money on clothes. And of course, there wouldn’t be time to study. 😉

While Karan Johar has attempted to make the movie as slick as possible, but the high dose of fashion seems looks almost implausible in real life. So yeah, if you like good-looking movies, Student of the Year is for you. If you like good movies though, then you can bunk this class.

All Pictures Courtesy: Dharma Productions

Chic Find: Hot in sunglasses

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A few weeks ago, Speaking Chic’s post on oversized sunglasses created quite a stir among readers. Several readers said they hated big sunglasses, and that most people looked horrible in them.

But recently, a reader pointed out that there was one person who could carry off the big sunglasses really well. We checked and double-checked and pondered over it, and realised that our reader was right. Hurray! There is finally someone who can carry off the look. And that is:

…. Randeep Hooda!

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Yup! In Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Randeep plays Inspector Agnel Wilson in trademark Ray-bans (or are they Ray-ban lookalikes?), giving a decent performance, while adding considerably to the drool factor. From a cute and slightly cherubic guy in Monsoon Wedding, Randeep Hooda’s become a super hottie.

Meanwhile, if you’ve seen the movie, tell us what you thought of the 1970s look and Kangana Ranaut’s blingy costumes. We think the characters’ get-ups are in tune with the era, though we’re not so sure about Kangana’s one-shouldered gowns. What say?

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Big sunglasses: not so chic?


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Everyone has an opinion on fashion, including guys. Two brave and smart guys two Speaking Chic readers, both guys. Both are techies, both recently back from the US, and both wrote in separately to Speaking Chic. Both had the same complaint—women (and men) in oversized sunglasses.

Yes, we girls love those. But the guys hate them just as much. Mumbai-based Chandresh’s litany of complaints about sunglasses started with him seeking a good pair in the US. “The first time I tried the cool Ray-Ban Aviators, they turned out so big for my face, I could fit both my eyes in one lens.” And then begins his story of woe. “Few years back, I remember watching Paris Hilton wearing big sunglasses covering half her face. I figured she was just trying to get attention with such stupid glasses… And the next thing I see? Girls wearing glasses that have been carved out of their bedroom windows.”

Meanwhile, Satish opines that the big sunglasses hides the wearer’s beauty. The Hyderabad techie says, “These glasses look really funny when worn even by beautiful women. They hide their beauty, and all time and effort they spend to get their eyes to sparkle goes in vain.”

Good point, Satish. FYI, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is known to never step out without her large sunglasses:

 

So what’s in store for the future of sunglasses? The guys are optimistic. “Perhaps time will heal everything including bad taste,” says Chandresh.

And Satish wrote: “Whether men we (men) like it or not, women wear what they like, and some of them end up looking funny!”

Point taken, gentlemen. But will the ladies listen? Take our poll and tell us what you think!

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