Bollywood Fashion: Key pieces from Jab Tak Hai Jaan (and how to wear them)

Bollywood Fashion: Key pieces from Jab Tak Hai Jaan (and how to wear them)

Monotone outfits

Worn by: Katrina Kaif

As a British upper class business woman who moves around in a chauffer-driven Rolls Royce, Katrina Kaif’s character Meera’s style is a modern take on elegance. She sticks to simple silhouettes and colours, with almost zero feminine frills.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan- Katrina Kaif

How to wear:

Opt for comfortable A-line and shift silhouettes in knee-length dresses and coats. Choose bold colours like red, blue and green. Make sure there is only one eye-catching colour in your ensemble.

Where to buy: Coat from United Colors of Benetton, dress from Sisley

Coat from UCB Dress from Sisley

Jackets- puffed and leather

Worn by: Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Shahrukh Khan

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Katrina Kaif

Katrina covers up a Manish Malhotra lehenga on a snowy day with a bright red quilted anorak, while both women wear vintage-style leather jackets on different occasions. Meanwhile, Shahrukh Khan’s jackets are limited to light woollens and vests in muted colours like grey and dark blue.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Shahrukh Khan Katrina Kaif

How to wear:

You can wear your winter jackets over anything and everything…. go crazy!

Where to buy: Calvin Klein Jeans (women’s jacket), Mango (women’s anorak), Celio (men’s jacket)

Jacket- Calvin Klein JeansMango feather quilted anorak 4590CELIO_Pulana

Boots for women

Worn by: Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma

While Katrina pairs knee-length boots with short skirts in winter (really!), Anushka Sharma wears outdoorsy laced boots meant for camping.

How to wear:

Very few women can carry off knee-length boots, so I suggest ankle and calf-length boots with jeans instead. The laced heavy boots are for the adventurous types or those living in the mountains.

Where to buy: Vanilla Moon, Steve Madden

Vanilla Moon boots-WALLIS-GINGER Steve Madden Troopah Tan leather


Military camouflage pants

Worn by: Shahrukh Khan

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Shahrukh Khan

He’s an army man, it’s standard issue.

How to wear: Military detailing and camouflage prints were a hot trend couple years ago, but they are always around if look carefully. Pair military print pants with plain tees in earth tones like olive green, mud brown and black.

Where to buy: Zara (men and women)

Zara camouflage chinos 3790 Zara camouflage trousers 3790

Winter checks

Worn by: Shahrukh Khan

SRK in Jab Tak Hai Jaan

How to wear:

Look out for checks in dark colours like blue, grey and dark green, and shirts in heavier fabrics like twill. Details like elbow patches and contrast pockets will add a fun twist to classic checks. Pair with jeans, chinos and trousers.

Where to buy: French Conection, Allen Solly

FC grapple twill check shirt 2999Allen Solly check shirt


Snoods & scarves

Worn by: Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Shahrukh Khan

Mufflers, scarves, snoods, in solids and prints, cotton and wool- they were all there in the movie. The lead actors all wore their scarves differently from the others.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan Anushka Sharma

How to wear:

Choose the type of scarf depending on the weather in your city (wool or cotton) and how you plan to wear it (as a fun accessory or to keep warm). There are great stripes, shiny, metallic finishes, prints and colours for every fashion personality!

Where to buy: Esprit and French Connection for women’s and scarves, men’s scarves at Celio (bottom)


Esprit IC6245FC Twinkle Me Lurex Snood 2299


Chic Luxury: Hermès comes to Mumbai, we’re lining up for their scarves

In the heart of south Mumbai, amidst the bustling business district around Fort, not too many passersby take note of the art deco architecture or appreciate the historic significance of the city’s erstwhile administrative centre. So when Hermès, the leading French luxury brand, opened its doors there last week, it took a moment for the store’s location to sink in—it’s adjacent to the Asiatic Society Library.

(Below: The Hermès store and view of the library from the first floor).

Hermès store in Mumbai Hermès store in Mumbai

Even before you enter the two-storey Hermès store, you know you’re stepping into luxury. From the unique choice of location to the artistic window displays, the brand’s third store in India is symbolic of what Hermès stands for and what it brings to the city of Mumbai.

The right way to pronounce Hermès is air-mez, not her-mez or her-meez or hair-mez or hair-maze.

Being the largest store in the country at 280-odd square metres, my visit to the Hermès store was unlike any other shopping trip… it was an experience. The store’s elegant interiors are charming but not overwhelming, and at par with their international stores (I visited an Hermès store in Barcelona recently). The Hermès team has made special efforts to create a warm ambience that’s not intimidating to first-time visitors or window shoppers.

The first thing you notice when you enter are their gorgeous scarves (nay, works of art) that Hermès is known for. I couldn’t help but gape at the prints—the colours, the designs, the texture… you have to wrap one around your neck to feel the luxurious silk pamper you. The store assistant showed me how to make the most of a scarf, as a top, dress, and even a bag (picture below)!

Hermès scarf as a bag

On the ground level there were also accessories like cuffs and bangles, watches, belts, and of course, bags! Psst.. there’s a long waitlist for the famous Birkin! I fell for one of the cuffs BTW, and I may soon start saving up for it.

Another section on the same floor housed clothes for men and women, with Jean-Paul Gaultier’s last collection for Hermès. Just for fun, I tried on a leather corset. It made me feel sexy and bold and didn’t constrict my breathing unlike corsets of yore. 😉 I also reckon that the sheers of the collection will become all-time classics.

On the upper level, the homeware section has an exquisite collection of crockery and glassware to make your dinner table  prettier than your pink dress. Of course, I wouldn’t want to spoil an Hermès dinner plate with something as banal as food.

For those wanting to chill, there’s a small art gallery with photographs of royal palaces in India and France. And you can sit down at their little tables for a steaming cuppa joe. It’s quiet, peaceful and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in a special store in Paris or Milan. Ahh, the life of luxury!

Below: Window displays of the Hermès store

Hermès store display in Mumbai

Prices are the last thing on the mind of an Hermès shopper, and there’s some unwritten law that demands we write “prices on request” for luxury brands. But we’ve got some prices down anyways:

Scarves: Rs 25,000 approx for 100% silk scarves
Cuffs/ bangles: Rs 25,000 approx for a thin bangle, Rs 45,000 for a cuff.
Bags: The Lindy was around Rs 3,39,000.

Needless to say, most of us would need a pretty good wealth advisor to help us buy this. But till we win the lottery, enjoy the beauty of Hermès!

Hermès, 15 A Horniman Circle, Fort, Mumbai (Near Asiatic Society Library).

Bollywood Fashion: Anushka Sharma loves scarves in BBB

If you’ve seen the Band Baaja Baaraat promos, you’ve seen Anushka Sharma as the Dilli kudi. As an ordinary Delhi girl, Anushka Sharma’s look is neither glam nor fab, but very girl-next-door.

Wearing mostly cotton kurtis, kurtas, tees and shirts with straight and skinny jeans, Anushka Sharma is comfortable playing a goal-oriented, organised and smart young woman. But costume designer Niharika Khan has given Anushka’s Band Baaja Baarat plain-Jane wardrobe a stylish twist with a plethora of scarves and dupattas. These complement Anushka Sharma’s clothes and define her character’s (Shruti) style statement.

Anushka Sharma Band Baaja Baaraat Anushka Sharma in Band Baaja  Baaraat

What we’ve spotted already are plain crushed dupattas with kurtis, and printed stoles with tshirts and shirts. In one scene, Anushka has casually draped a shawl over a green kurti and jeans.

Niharika Khan has carefully contrasted colours and clashed colours, and selected prints that are easy to carry off and what a typical Delhi girl would opt for. She’s ensured that Shruti’s clothes are relatable, and, more importantly, accessible to every young woman across the country.

Of course, there’s no ground-breaking fashion to be seen in Band Baaja Baaraat (at least in the promos), especially since Shruti wouldn’t be the type to experiment with fashion. But hey, we wouldn’t be surprised to see girls flaunting their scarves over the next few weeks. I’d be one of them. 🙂

PS: Also check out Anushka Sharma’s patiala salwar in a song from Band Baaja Baaraat. These have been around on-screen and off-screen for a while now, and seem to rise and decline in popularity every couple months.

Anushka Sharma Band Baaja Baaraat

What do you think of Anushka Sharma’s clothes from the promos of Band Baaja Baaraat?