Chic Chat: Fashion icons get candid in a WeChat group

Chic Chat: Fashion icons get candid in a WeChat group

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Fashion is fun, but it can be a pain for the style icons of our time. The constant media glare, the ever-critical bloggers, and the omnipresent fashion police make dressing up a tough process for even the most stylish celebs. Plus, I’m a fashion blogger so in my imaginary WeChat group, I would love to have the hottest fashion divas with completely different fashion statements coming together. These icons are:

  • Vidya Balan, because of her traditional choices on the red carpet. (WeChat ID: VidyaBalan)
  • Sonam Kapoor, for her high-fashion obsession and versatile choices. (WeChat ID: StylishSonam)
  • Kristen Stewart because she is quirky, offbeat and can pull off everything,  from a punk look to a jumpsuit on the red carpet. (WeChat ID: KStew)
  • Lady Gaga for every outfit she wears is unconventional, makes a political or social statement and snubs all norms. (WeChat ID: LadyGaga)
  • Michelle Obama or Mrs O, because she turns every outfit into a classic noteworthy ensemble. (WeChat ID: MrsObama)

I will be creating the chat group and inviting the ladies. The chat will be mostly about fashion of course, with the divas expressing their take on fashion, red carpet, WOW moments and their style secrets.  And since fashion often courts  controversy,  the ladies would share what they feel about the drama surrounding fashion and style.

On a lazy afternoon, the chat would go something like this.

WeChat group name: Style Talk

Sonam: Oh god, I’m fed up of people talking about my nath at Cannes. I think it was a really cool accessory.
Vidya: Me too! Can’t they get over it already?
Kristen: Hey, what’s a nath?
Sonam: It’s a nose ring we wore at Cannes. Check this out!

Sonam-Kapoor-nath

Kristen: Oooh, that’s like really exotic.
Me: Exactly! I mean, come on. It’s like an Indian fantasy symbol or something.
Vidya: Hey, I don’t know what the whole fuss was about with our innocent nose rings! People have problems with whatever I wear, like my saris. 😐
Sonam: @ Vidya You look great in saris, but you could loosen up a bit! Like try some nice dresses,  blouses and stuff.
Vidya: WTH! No way, l love my saris, thank you very much. I don’t see the big deal about western wear. I don’t want to change my style!
Kristen: But heyyyyy, you should try on new clothes sometimes!
Lady Gaga: Yes girls, fashion uniforms are no good! I don’t have a uniform, and never liked the idea of one.
Mrs O: IMHO, you should wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself. If you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing,  it becomes easier to connect with people.
Kristen: But most times, I feel better about myself when I like try on something new or different. Or fun! Like this outfit at the Met Gala. 🙂

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Sonam: OMG, I love that Stella M pantsuit. And your makeup is brilliant! Totally punk! <3
Kristen: Thanks *blush*
Lady Gaga: Hey Kris, I like that you’re so cool about your clothes. I love changing myself all the time. But yeah, I make sure I am always myself, not anyone else. Even in my music.
Vidya: Why can’t a woman be herself, and wear whatever she wants? Why should she wear what people or her family or friends or critics want her to wear?
Sonam: Touché.
Lady Gaga: You know what, to hell with critics. And society. And what people think is beautiful.
Kristen: That’s like your body revolution right?
Lady Gaga: Yep! Like I said last year to my little monsters, embrace your imperfections. They are just perceived flaws, but they are beautiful, just like you.
Vidya: @ Lady Gaga Well said! (Y) I’ve had people panning me for being fat and curvy, it’s ridiculous!
Lady Gaga: Hey Vidya, I admire your bravery. And it’s awesome that you stick to what you like best.
Kristen: You got awesome attitude @ Lady Gaga.
Sonam: Like the time you wore the meat dress!
Lady Gaga: Oh, that dress! It was the most comfortable I’ve ever worn. 🙂
Kristen: Really? Can’t be more comfy than my Converse shoes. 😀
Mrs O: Or the clothes I like to wear every day!
Sonam: You know what, Mrs O? I can totally imagine myself growing up to dress like you. I mean, we both love fashion,  love to try new brands and designers,  but we have our own statement too!
Mrs O: 😀 Remember don’t lose yourself in trying to be someone else.
Me: And you make it look so effortless! How do you manage to do that?
Mrs O: That’s a fashion secret. 😉
Me: Tell us. Pleaaaaaaasssssee!
Sonam: + 1
Mrs O: Find your favourite,  most flattering style and play with it. Like I love my clean-cut dresses, but I make sure even my formal gowns have a clean look.
Me: Yeah like the Naeem Khan Oscar gown. A dash of bling, but really classy! And see what I found.

Michella Obama in Isabel Toledo

Kristen: Woah, that colour’s called lemongrass, right? I could totally wear that!
Mrs O: Yep I love trying new colours and upcoming designers.
Me: Thanks for the secret, Mrs O. 🙂 How about we spill our own little fashion secrets too, ladies?? @Sonam wanna start?
Sonam: Wear feminine,  wear classics, and make your favourite brand your new BFF. You can never go wrong with an LBD or a girly blouse.
Lady Gaga: Girls, make a statement about who you are every single day. And just be yourself.
Vidya: I think it’s okay to stick to what you love best, no matter what people say. Indian women should really try traditional options.
Kristen: I don’t follow trends at all. Like I just don’t like peplums and didn’t wear one when everyone else was wearing it. I wear what I feel good in, what speaks to me. 🙂
Me: Awww,  thanks guys! I’m gonna blog about this. =)
Vidya: Great chatting with you lovely ladies. I am off for a Ghanchakkar event, wearing crazy clothes!  😛
Sonam: GTG too! Love you all, muah!
Me: Ciao! And keep it chic. 🙂

Lookbook: Archie Panjabi

Everyone’s talking about Archie Panjabi, and Archie at the Emmys. This talented actor, born Archana Kaur Punjabi, is one of the few Indian-origin actors creating a stir in LA. Archie’s Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series, has brought a ray of hope to thousands of minority actors hoping to make it big in Hollywood.

At Speaking Chic, Archie’s inspired us to take a look at her on and offscreen looks over the years.

In East is East, Archie played a Pakistan-origin, British-born girl in her troublesome teens (ponytails, uniform and all!). In Bend it Like Beckham, she played a delightful role as the desperate-to-get-married elder sis. And as a journalist in A Mighty Heart, Archie donned a no-makeup look (pic below right).

ArchiePanjabi_eastiseast  Archie Panjabi_mightyheart 

In The Good Wife (the award winning role), Archie’s character Kalinda makes for a classy private investigator and a no-nonsense woman. She’s got a strong preference for the semi-formal look, hair tied back, smart jackets, and proud of her origins (note the dark eyeliner accentuating her very Indian eyes).

Archie Panjabi in A Good Wife  Archie Panjabi A Good Wife

While Archie looks great on-screen, and her striking north Indian features are perfect for the red carpet in an unconventional sorta way, we’re not great fans of her red carpet choices. Take a look:

Archie Panjabi_mighty_heart  Archie_Panjabi_Emmy

Left: At the premiere of A Mighty Heart—not a great choice of blue, the gown looks crumpled, and suddenly transparent over her left leg make the gown seem like an unfinished job.

Right: At the 2010 Emmy Awards, in a Tadashi Shoji creation. Firstly, black chiffon is not a very contemporary choice, and the “bandages” on the top half minimise the shimmer on the bodice. The interesting drape around her waist could have been the saving grace though. Tadashi Shoji does have some good outfits in his collection, if only Archie had chosen better. And we would have liked to see a diamond on two sparkling on her as well.

What do you think of Archie Panjabi’s red carpet looks? Tell us!