Bollywood Fashion: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’s Kareena Kapoor dresses quirky, Imran Khan goes formal

Bollywood Fashion: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’s Kareena Kapoor dresses quirky, Imran Khan goes formal

I watched Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu over the weekend, and found it a refreshing movie in more ways than one. The movie was fun, and the actors’ wardrobes were stylish, which is what you’d expect from a Dharma Productions film.

Kareena-Imran Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

I was happy to note that Manish Malhotra (Kareena Kapoor’s designer for the movie) managed to bring an element of fun, quirkiness and style to Kareena’s wardrobe. Here’s a breakdown of Kareena’s look.

What Kareena is wearing:

Kareena plays a hair stylist Riana in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Now if you go to the salon I go to, you’d know that most young stylists have their unique way of dressing showing their creative side. Riana is just like that. She wears a range of colours, dresses casually, and looks like a chic mess. 🙂

Kareena in blue Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

In Las Vegas, Riana’s staple wear is layered tops with a jacket and short skirt with dark tights (it’s winter). In Mumbai she wears jeans and tees with light cotton shrugs.

Key trends:

Striped tees: Simple striped V-neck tshirts are a huge trend globally (you see them more in Europe and US than in India). With these tees, Kareena gets an instant international look.Kareena striped tshirt- Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Jackets: It’s December in Vegas, so Kareena wears all kinds of outerwear- waistcoat, leather and fleece-lined jackets.

Kareena in waistcoat- Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Tight mini skirts and shorts: Kareena has curves now, but that doesn’t stop her from wearing denim and lightly-embroidered minis with black tights. Good news for us normal-sized girls.

Kareena printed scarf ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Layering with colour mixing and lace: Manish Malhotra has very layered Kareena’s costumes by mixing colours. The looks are really colour-coordinated or matchy-matchy. Also, the ace designer has innerwear-as-outerwear a more relatable spin by giving Kareena camisoles and slips with lace on the neckline, then adding tshirts to layer. Loved that!

Accessories:

Jewellery: Kareena wears two rings on her right hand (one is a pearl) and a watch on her left. Her dangling earrings mostly comprise little charms like dull gold leaves.

Oversized bright bags: Yellow, fuchsia, blue… yum!

Manly shoes: No stilettos or sexy heeled booties for Riana, because she wears rugged men’s shoes! I loved the scene in which Kareena tottered around in Imran Khan’s shoes and complained they were too big. 😀

Scarves and stoles: Patterned and bright!

Kareena pink stole Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Hair and makeup:

Kareena’s hair is wild and astray, which she keeps in check with clips and pins. The red highlights suit her skin tone and style, while her lined eyes and light glossy lips keep her “real”. 🙂

Special Mention:

In the song Auntyji, Kareena Kapoor wears a gorgeous royal blue wrap dress that is feminine, classy and doesn’t reveal much (she’s out with her family after all). You can’t help liking that one!

Kareena wrap dress Ek Main AUr Ekk TU

Imran Khan’s look:

Styled by Shiraz Siddique, Imran Khan is all grown up in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Dubbed appropriately as a “tightass” by Riana, Rahul is formal and stiff. His colours are mostly black and grey and he wears only slim fit shirts, trousers and cardigans. That’s right, no jeans or tshirts for Imran Khan.

Imran Khan grey shirt Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

The only hint of colour was the green V-neck cardigan Imran wears while hanging out with Kareena in Vegas.

Imran green cardigan Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

But if there’s one thing I could steal from his wardrobe, it would be the light blue shirt with white collar he wore in Mumbai. Paired with khakis, that was as casual or semi-formal as Imran’s character could get.

Imran blue shirt Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Chic surprise of the movie: Statement neckpieces

Whoever thought Ratna Pathak Shah could be so convincing as a South Mumbai socialite? This talented woman plays Imran Khan’s mother with a chic hair do, lots of attitude and is always dressed to the T. Most importantly, she can’t do without her Louis Vuitton luggage, and has a penchant for oversized neckpieces, which she carries off with a high-brow pout and smirk.

My favourite neckpiece is the one she wears at the formal dinner she hosts, large baubles and all. (Sorry, couldn’t find the picture). But here she is on the way to the opera.

Ratna Pathak Shah in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

What did you think of the costumes in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu?

Bollywood Fashion: Chammak challo Kareena Kapoor shows us how to be a Diwali phataka

Bollywood Fashion: Chammak challo Kareena Kapoor shows us how to be a Diwali phataka

Happy Diwali, lovely readers! May you be as chic as Kareena Kapoor (or your favourite fashion icon)!

Ra.One releases today, and there’s no doubt that Kareena Kapoor’s Chammak Challo will be as big a draw as G.One’s superpowers. I’ve spent weeks trying to understand the secret behind Kareena’s gorgeousness in the song, and I think I’ve finally cracked the code. It’s all about the fashion!

Kareena Kapoor in RaOne

Kareena’s mindboggling curves have no doubt added a major oomph to her look, but let’s not underestimate the power of fashion to make you sexy. Especially when Manish Malhotra is the man behind the clothes.

After hours of painstaking notes, I’ve drawn some fashion tips from the Diwali phataka. Use these easy-to-follow fashion tips to show off your sexy side!

Fashion tip 1: Wear red

Manish Malhotra has dressed Kareena in an attention-grabbing colour and it’s a colour that suits her. The colour that suits you could be deep blue, purple or hot pink.

Fashion tip 2: The outfit is simple yet chic

The pre-stitched sari (or shall I say half-sari?) designed by Manish Malhotra has minimal embellishment, along the border. The focus is on enhancing Kareena’s body shape rather than making her look like an OTT diva or queen.

Fashion tip 3: Cover up, but only so much

The semi-sheer blouse Kareena wears is only half the story. As the song begins, Kareena’s wafer-thin pallu is firmly in place, till she decides to tuck it into her sari. You don’t need to go all-sheer to show off your figure, but just peek-a-boo at the right places could work wonders.

Fashion tip 4: Accessorise to your advantage

Kareena Kapoor’s sex appeal is enhanced with the choice of jewellery. The absence of a necklace draws attention to her collarbones, and the dangling earrings and nose ring pull you toward her face which is absolutely gorgeous. (Intensely-lined eyes, light lips).

Kareena Kapoor in Ra.One song

Tip 5: Set a trend

It’s been ages since I saw a young woman (who is not a bride) wear a bindi, and someone even told me that bindis are “out of fashion”. We hope Kareena’s bindi will make the humble red dot popular again!

Stay chic!

Bollywood Fashion: Manish Malhotra’s ramp-inspired clothes for Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard

This post on Kareena Kapoor’s clothes in her recent movie Bodyguard was due at least a week ago. But then I decided to do some additional research and go back to my six-m0nth-old archives to understand the story behind how Manish Malhotra chose his clothes for Kareena.

Here is Kareena Kapoor in the outfit she wore in the last scene of Bodyguard, and here she is attending Manish Malhotra’s Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 show, and a model from that show.

Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard Kareena Kapoor at LFW S/R 2011 for Manish Malhotra Model at Manish Malhotra LFWSR2011

We got four words for you: Kashmiri embroidery, chikankari work!

Key trends we spotted on Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard:

  • Chikankari on kurtas
  • Kashmiri embroidery
  • Sheer sleeves
  • Deliberate mismatching (eg: white embroidered kurta with yellow salwar and green dupatta)

Being a small-town girl, Kareena’s clothes are mostly Indian wear, the key outfits being kurti + loose salwar, and kurti + jeans. As for accessories, she is mostly wearing slinky bangles, statement neckpieces from local markets, and oh, her Vaio. 😉

Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard  Kareena Kapoor in BodyguardKareena Kapoor in Bodyguard

Meanwhile… at LFW S/R 2011

At LFW S/R 2011, Manish Malhotra’s collection was heavy on Kashmiri embroidery and chikankari work, with either of these two crafts seen on every garment. Also, there were plenty of sheer dupattas. The pictures below are from the collection:

Model at Manish Malhotra LFW S/R 2011 Model at Manish Malhotra LFW S/R 2011

And at LFW W/F 2011, Manish Malhotra played a lot with contrasts:

Model at Manish Malhotra W/F 2011

It’s wonderful to see a designer create regular clothes using thematic elements from his fashion week collections. Ultimately, most women want to wear what Kareena, Katrina or Kalki is wearing in their favourite movie, right?

PS—A male friend of ours (and a Speaking Chic reader) is already raving about Kareena Kapoor and her red outfit in Chammak Challo from Ra.One. That’s Manish Malhotra again!

LFW W/F 2011 Day 5: Manish Malhotra dazzles in the grand finale

It was an elaborate set made of giant wooden frames and a clock-mechanism appearance– perfect for the final show of the five-day extravaganza Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011.

Manish Malhotra at LFW W/F 2011

Manish Malhotra’s collection was as dramatic as any Bollywood movie. Making the most of chikan work and silver and resham embroidery, the ace designer created a collection of breathtaking festive and wedding wear that introduced a few new elements while retaining the Manish Malhotra signature.

The silhouette for women was of graceful panels and flared lehengas and gowns. Manish paired swirling lehengas, well-constructed cholis and saris for women, with elegant jackets and corset blouses. Embellishments were everywhere– on the sleeves, down the front, on jackets and cholis, along with multiple borders.

Model for Manish Malhotra at LFW W/F 2011 Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011

Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011 Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011

Manish kept the colours tones festive with white and candy floss pink, in contrast to black, wine, gold, pale grey, metallics and cherry red. We noted that the designer had mixed, matched and clashed colours for a strong impact. For instance, a grey kurta with a longer bright pink lining, or orange and pink in the same outfit! The opulent clothes were stitched from rich fabrics like lace, chiffon, silk, net and velvet, while most dupattas were kept sheer.

Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011 Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011

For men we saw sherwanis and long coats with wide cuffs, pleats and gathers, even as some coats were lean and layered over kurtas. The colours were masculine (black, grey, wine), albeit with a hint of fuchsia for collars and cuffs.

Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011 Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011

And oh, in case you haven’t heard already, Kareena Kapoor was the showstopper (she is also the face of Lakme Absolute, on which Manish’s collection was based).

Kareeena models for Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011 Kareena Kapoor at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011

Some of the ideas from Manish Malhotra’s show we’d like to steal immediately:
1. Two dupattas for a single outfit… nice! (My mom earlier spotted this on Shah Rukh Khan in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham)

Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011
2. Thick/ multiple borders

Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011
3. Neutral/ pastel outfits with a pop of colour in the detailing, jacket or dupatta

Model at Manish Malhotra- LFW W/F 2011

LFW W/F 2011: 5 reasons it will be chic, fashionable and fun!

Some amazing designers: Rina Dhaka, JJ Valaya, Wendell Rodricks, Narendra Kumar Ahmed weren’t at the previous season of Lakme Fashion Week, so we’re hugely excited to see their winter/festive collections. And oh, there will be 87 designers in all at LFW W/F 2011!

Manish Malhotra’s finale show: The LFW folks leave no stone unturned in making their grand finales memorable shows, even though they start at least an hour late every season. This year Manish Malhotra will be the finale designer and Kareena Kapoor will walk the ramp. Manish’s collection will interpret Lakme’s upcoming makeup range Lakme Absolute.

Below: From Manish Malhotra’s LFW S/R 2011 collection.

Manish Malhotra at LFW S/R 2011 Manish Malhotra at LFW S/R 2011

More chances to browse designer collections: The Source, the space where LFW designers exhibit their collections, will get bigger this season. Besides more designers, some will get the opportunity to have a preview of sorts during a specified time during LFW. The best thing is—anyone can visit The Source, you don’t need passes!

Bryanboy is here! Some of us lucky folks covering LFW might just bump into one of the most popular fashion bloggers in the world. Or as NYTimes says, “Internationally-loved fashion superblogger.” If you haven’t read Bryanboy’s blog yet, read it now!

Buy top designers’ clothes off the ramp: After hosting sale events for GenNext designers last season, Fashionandyou.com will also host established designer collections through ‘LFW and Fashion & You exclusive collection’, ‘Hot of the Runway’ and ‘Bridal Festive Luxury’ lines. Keep your credit cards ready.

PS—If you don’t have much-coveted passes to your favourite designer’s show, you can catch LFW live online at LFWTV.in.

Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week highlights: Manish Malhotra re-creates early 20th century Indian royalty

Ace designer Manish Malhotra’s collection at Syngergy1 Delhi Couture Week 2011 sought inspiration from Indian royalty’s fashion choices from the 1920s to 1940s. Indian princes, princesses and maharanis largely stuck to traditional Indian wear, but their style was marked by a distinct British influence for at least a couple of decades.

Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor kicked off the show:

Sonam Kapoor for Manish Malhotra at Delhi Couture Week 2011

The colour palette for women included cherry reds and burgundys with tones of mint green, aqua, and off-whites. The heavily-embroidered lehengas and kurtas were easy and voluminous, while the highly structured hair provided a contrasting look.

Manish Malhotra lehenga at Delhi Couture Week 2011  Model in red lehenga at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011  Model in mint green lehenga at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011 Model in red and purple lehenga Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011

The color story for menswear comprised blacks, burgundys, royal blue, beiges and gold—all very royal colours!

Model in black sherwani at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011  Model in gold sherwani at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011

The final walk down the ramp with Manish Malhotra was a dazzling visual!

 Models at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011

Chic News: LFW W/F 2011 gets 87 designers, big names (Rohit Bal, Rina Dhaka, JJ Valaya)

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 kicks off August 16, 2011 and this season’s designer line-up is super-exciting—by sheer numbers and names.

Some of the top designers to showcase their collection on the LFW W/F 2011 ramp:

  • Rina Dhaka
  • Rohit Bal
  • Sabyasachi Mukherjee
  • JJ Valaya
  • Narendra Kumar Ahmed
  • Wendell Rodricks
  • Nachiket Barve
  • Archana Kochhar
  • Pria Kataria Puri
  • Anita Dongre
  • Manish Malhotra (grand finale)

Below: From Sabyasachi’s LFW S/R 2011 collection, from Anita Dongre’s Timeless collection at LFW S/R 2011

Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Anita Dongre Timeless LFW S/R 2011

And some of the other leading fashion designers include:

  • Swapnil Shinde
  • Shivan-Narresh
  • Little Shilpa
  • Debarun Mukherjee
  • Babita Malkani
  • Aneeth Arora
  • Parvesh & Jai
  • Babita Malkani
  • Rajat Tangri
  • Kallol Dutta
  • Shyamal & Bhumika Shodhan

Below: From Debarun Mukherjee’s LFW S/R 2011 collection; from Little Shilpa’s collection at LFW S/R 2011

Debarun Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Little Shilpa LFW S/R 2011

Which designer’s collection are you looking forward to at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011?

Chic News: LFW W/F 2011 gets 87 designers, big names (Rohit Bal, Rina Dhaka, JJ Valaya)

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 kicks off August 16, 2011 and this season’s designer line-up is super-exciting—by sheer numbers and names.

Some of the top designers to showcase their collection on the LFW W/F 2011 ramp:

  • Rina Dhaka
  • Rohit Bal
  • Sabyasachi Mukherjee
  • JJ Valaya
  • Narendra Kumar Ahmed
  • Wendell Rodricks
  • Nachiket Barve
  • Archana Kochhar
  • Pria Kataria Puri
  • Anita Dongre
  • Manish Malhotra (grand finale)

Below: From Sabyasachi’s LFW S/R 2011 collection, from Anita Dongre’s Timeless collection at LFW S/R 2011

Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Anita Dongre Timeless LFW S/R 2011

And some of the other leading fashion designers include:

  • Swapnil Shinde
  • Shivan-Narresh
  • Little Shilpa
  • Debarun Mukherjee
  • Babita Malkani
  • Aneeth Arora
  • Parvesh & Jai
  • Babita Malkani
  • Rajat Tangri
  • Kallol Dutta
  • Shyamal & Bhumika Shodhan

Below: From Debarun Mukherjee’s LFW S/R 2011 collection; from Little Shilpa’s collection at LFW S/R 2011

Debarun Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Little Shilpa LFW S/R 2011

Which designer’s collection are you looking forward to at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011?

Fashion week updates: Manish Malhotra to close LFW W/F 2011, Delhi Couture Week begins July 22

Bollywood favourite Manish Malhotra is grand finale designer for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011

One of India’s best-known fashion designers—Manish Malhotra—will close LFW W/F 2011 next month. This is the third time Manish Malhotra will be showcasing his collection at an LFW grand finale (earlier such instances: 1999 and 2007).

Manish’s collection will showcase contemporary Indian evening wear, and will be based on Lakmé ABSOLUTE, a long-wear makeup range with skin care properties. According to Manish, “Lakmé Absolute is inspired by the contemporary Indian woman who effortlessly plays myriad set of roles across her personal and professional life. Akin to my style, the collection adapts contemporary fashion to the needs of the Indian woman.” The Lakmé Absolute collection is designed by Lakmé makeup experts and co-created with Manish Malhotra.

We absolutely loved Manish Malhotra’s chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery-based collection at the previous edition of LFW. We hope to see him outdo himself creatively… again!

Below: Manish Malhotra at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011.

Manish Malhotra with models at LFW S/R 2011

Second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week kicks off July 22

Model at Delhi Couture WeekThe second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week will begin July 22, with the opening show by Varun Bahl. The four-day FDCI event that aims to promote couture in India and globally will end July 25 with ace designer Rohit Bal’s show.

While we believe the idea of a couture week for India is a great idea, we hope the couture collections are taken seriously by both designers and the public. Only then can we hope to see much-needed creativity and fabulous fashion from India’s top designers.

Left : A model at last year’s Delhi Couture Week.

Fashion week updates: Manish Malhotra to close LFW W/F 2011, Delhi Couture Week begins July 22

Bollywood favourite Manish Malhotra is grand finale designer for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011

One of India’s best-known fashion designers—Manish Malhotra—will close LFW W/F 2011 next month. This is the third time Manish Malhotra will be showcasing his collection at an LFW grand finale (earlier such instances: 1999 and 2007).

Manish’s collection will showcase contemporary Indian evening wear, and will be based on Lakmé ABSOLUTE, a long-wear makeup range with skin care properties. According to Manish, “Lakmé Absolute is inspired by the contemporary Indian woman who effortlessly plays myriad set of roles across her personal and professional life. Akin to my style, the collection adapts contemporary fashion to the needs of the Indian woman.” The Lakmé Absolute collection is designed by Lakmé makeup experts and co-created with Manish Malhotra.

We absolutely loved Manish Malhotra’s chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery-based collection at the previous edition of LFW. We hope to see him outdo himself creatively… again!

Below: Manish Malhotra at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011.

Manish Malhotra with models at LFW S/R 2011

Second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week kicks off July 22

Model at Delhi Couture WeekThe second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week will begin July 22, with the opening show by Varun Bahl. The four-day FDCI event that aims to promote couture in India and globally will end July 25 with ace designer Rohit Bal’s show.

While we believe the idea of a couture week for India is a great idea, we hope the couture collections are taken seriously by both designers and the public. Only then can we hope to see much-needed creativity and fabulous fashion from India’s top designers.

Left : A model at last year’s Delhi Couture Week.