Bollywood Fashion : Why Sonakshi Sinha is a fashion flop in OUATIMD, and Akshay Kumar isn’t

Bollywood Fashion : Why Sonakshi Sinha is a fashion flop in OUATIMD, and Akshay Kumar isn’t

I saw Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara (OUATIMD) over the weekend, and I wasn’t impressed by the movie, and definitely not by the fashion. Sonakshi Sinha’s costumes, designed / styled by Manish Malhotra were a complete let-down. Here’s why:
Sonakshi was not wearing the right fits

OUATIMD- Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha’s wardrobe disaster in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara is primarily because of the ill-fitting outfits that she’s wearing. Yes, she’s a plus-sized actor, but that doesn’t excuse the tailoring. The knee-length kurtas were too tight for her– unsightly bulge jutted out at the sleeves and the back.

Sonakshi’s outfits were wrong for her body type
The camera adds 10 pounds and the silver screen another 10, I’d say. While the costume design team had to stick to the styles and trends of the era, Sonakshi looked bloated and way too plump next to the fit Akshay Kumar and skinny Imran Khan. Tweaking the outfits to better suit her body shape would have helped. Like the kurtas could be a bit looser on the chest and hips, and the necklines should have been higher.

The era was all wrong

OUATIMD- Sonakshi Sinha
Contrast dupattas are a fairly recent phenomenon, so Sonakshi shouldn’t have been wearing them in the movie. They weren’t around in the 1970s and 80s. I remember my mom and aunts wearing dupattas that were the same colour as their kurta and salwar. And the little prints on her kurtas can be found in any bazaar, department store or ethnic brand store in India today!

The costumes didn’t match the character
Sonakshi plays a naive aspiring actor from small-town Kashmir, and a girl with such a background would NOT be wearing such low necklies or plunging backs. And the dupatta would actually cover up her chest, not play peek a boo.

Sonakshi’s makeup could be so much better
Blush, eye shadow, liner and lipstick, all put together in a single look made me feel the makeup artist could have done a far better job. Sonakshi looked lovely in the scenes in which there was no hint of lipstick or rouge. And oh, the silver nail polish. Really?
Is the off-screen Sonakshi more fashionable?

OUATIMD-Sonakshi-Sinha
BTW, Sonakshi looked lovely in some of the events promoting the film, much more real and relaxed, and carrying similar looks but looking much more fashionable and comfortable. The fits seemed right this time. What say?

A word on Akshay Kumar’s costumes

Akshay Kumar looked pretty much the gangster comfortable in his own skin. While I thought Akshay’s acting was over-the-top, his look was very well styled by Kunal Rawal.

OUATIMD-Akshay Kumar

Kunal dressed Akshay Kumar in solid and striped shirts in colours like like deep wine, burgundy, and steel grey teamed with muted jackets in greys, navy and black. Unmissable accessories defined the man and his persona– a mix of classy (Cartier watch), trendy (over-sized dark sunglasses) and wanting to show who’s boss (shiny and pointy shoes). Slick and stylish!

BTW, another great piece of movie styling by Kunal Rawal is Aisha (click here to read about the Aisha costumes).

What did you think of the costumes in Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara?

LFW S/R 2012: Day 4 highlights

LFW S/R 2012: Day 4 highlights

Most interesting look

Swapnil Shinde mixed robotic, futuristic, tribal, raw, dramatic, spiritual, futuristic and dark celebratory inspirations to almost recreate sci-fi movies and music of the 80s.

Swapnil Shinde at LFW S/R 2012

Swapnil Shinde at LFW S/R 2012

Other noteworthy looks

Nupur Kanoi:

The designer used fabric tapes as embellishment, and created geometric patterns as surface decoration. The colour story revolved around white (depicting spirituality) and blue.

Nupur Kanoi at LFW S/R 2012

Shashank Raj- Prajwal Badwe:

The duo showcased speed and chaos of city life with innovative shapes, and techniques like blotting art and paper cut-outs, 3D felt cut-outs and clever play of sheer with opaque fabrics.

Shashank-Prajwal at LFW S/R 2012

WTFashion moment

Sidhartha Arya.

Siddharth Arya at LFW S/R 2012

Crazy prints of the day

Insects crawled on dresses, scarves and embroidery of l khadi, tussar, crepe, georgette and silk Lurex at Rimi Nayak.

Rimi Nayak at LFW S/R 2012

Meanwhile, handpainted leaves and dew drop prints were paired with metallic cutwork sequins at Neha Agarwal.

Neha Agarwal at LFW S/R 2012

Accessories of the day

Neckpieces at Eina Ahluwalia; multi-leaf brooches at Neha Agarwal.

Eina Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2012

Neha Agarwal at LFW S/R 2012

Most entertaining show of the season

Narendra Kumar played DJ at his show in a Mick Jagger wig, as his models in similar wigs danced a bit on the ramp. And oh, the clothes weren’t too bad.

Narendra Kumar at LFW S/R 2012

Makeup of the day

Dark lips at Rimi Nayak—to show your dark side!

Rimi Nayak at LFW S/R 2012

Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

Not one, but two- Sonali Bendre for Siddhartha Tytler and Sonakshi Sinha for JJ Valaya at The Karmik Show.

Siddhartha Tytler at LFW S/R 2012

Karmik Show Sonakshi Sinha at LFW S/R 2012

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 news: Ford Fiesta inspires fashion, Sonakshi joins D’damas

Earlier this week, designer Swapnil Shinde presented a collection in Delhi inspired by a car– the Ford Fiesta. Based on the concept of “Energy in Motion”, the main themes of the fashion collection (and the car, we suppose) were use of strong colour, flowy silhouette with some modern and futuristic elements.

Models with Michael Boneham of Ford India showcasing Fiesta Futuristic Collection designed by Swapnil Shinde

Swapnil explained that through the collection, he translated the car’s bold kinetic design theme into his creations. While that’s an interesting spin, we would also have loved to see a cooler interpretation of the high-tech stuff used in the Fiesta (we hear it’s got voice control!). Like using entwined wires with tech charms as neckpieces or Blackberry-shaped clutches? (Interesting necklaces and odd clutches are hot trends currently.)

BTW, the fashion show was held not in a five-star banquet, but at a mall where the car is on display currently. Here’s a thought: why not let us girls shop at the mall for the collection/ similar clothes and accessories immediately after the show? And that could get us some freebies if we book the Fiesta? Sorry ladies, too much wishful thinking! 😉

Sonakshi Sinha joins D’damas

Speaking Chic is not a Sonakshi Sinha fan— so what, right? It seems plenty others like her, so she’s got yet another big endorsement, soon after the Provogue Spring/Summer 2011 gig. D’damas, a popular jewellery brand, have just signed on Sonakshi as their brand ambassador. The D’damas people believe Sonakshi’s got the qualities that modern Indian women possess (confidence, self-belief, charm and grace). Most importantly, they say—she “exemplifies the true Indian beauty.”

Take a look at the just-released image below and tell us what you think:

Sonakshi Sinha in D'damas campaign

What interests us most is the campaign theme—it’s based on memorable moments in a woman’s life. Like being a bride, celebrating Diwali or just simply enjoying the first rays of sunlight. Frankly, we’re bored of the typical jewellery-celestial-dreamy association, so we’re looking forward to some hatke advertisements from the D’damas people.

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 Poll: Is Sonakshi Sinha a style icon?


Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : Specification mandate value for attribute async in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></script> in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : attributes construct error in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></script> in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : Couldn't find end of Start Tag script line 5 in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></script> in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 5: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: head line 3 and script in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script src="//stats.wp.com/w.js" type="text/javascript" async defer></script> in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 56: parser error : Specification mandate value for attribute async in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></scr in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 56: parser error : attributes construct error in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></scr in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 56: parser error : Couldn't find end of Start Tag script line 56 in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <script type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></scr in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 56: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: html line 2 and script in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ript type="text/javascript" src="https://stats.wp.com/w.js" async defer></script in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: Entity: line 57: parser error : Extra content at the end of the document in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: <meta name="google-site-verification" content="Vb-nO0TU1JmhUxrqIO0VI06y5UbGraDa6 in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: simplexml_load_string() [function.simplexml-load-string]: ^ in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 13

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 17

Warning: Division by zero in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 144

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?


Warning: Division by zero in /home/content/50/8435650/html/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/polldaddy.php on line 144

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!