Bollywood Fashion: Katrina goes floral, Shilpa gets it right

The who’s who of Bollywood attended Sussanne Roshan’s The Charcoal Project launch on February 27.

While the guests checked out the imaginatively-designed, 14000-square-feet interior design store and its décor products, we checked out the fashion quotients of the Bollywood actors in attendance.

Hrithik Roshan, Jaya Bachchan, Pinky Roshan, Sussanne Roshan

Hrithik Roshan sports a smart jacket, Jaya Bachchan opts for a bright sari for a change, Pinky Roshan is too frilly and ruffly for us, while Susanne Roshan opts for the safety of black. What we like: Susanne’s eye makeup—smart way to add colour!


Karan Johar in his geeky glasses again! Wonder why wasn’t he wearing those in Koffee with Karan? And now that Mr Johar’s fitter than before, why not wear a sharper suit?


Katrina Kaif doesn’t bare much, keeps her hair natural, looks well… pretty!


Shilpa Shetty very, very rarely goes wrong in a body con dress. Liked her shoes—the tie-ups are the feet’s equivalent of bandage dresses!


Didn’t Shahid Kapoor just turn 30? Or was that 13? Dude, growing up means wearing clothes your age and going formal at an event where your industry peers and “seniors” are present.

The Bronze and the Beautiful

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“Eeeeeks! How can you come to that big party next week with such a horrible tan?”

That was someone’s reaction when she met me  just after my week-long super awesome Rajasthan trip. And then, the tips started pouring out— besan, malai, turmeric and even tomatoes made it to the “Quick Ways to Get Fairer” list.

It turns out we’re a nation still obsessed with fairness.  And it’s not just with the fairness creams for both women and men (think John Abraham and Shahid Kapoor). It’s in the attitude.

Like when I took up swimming as a regular well-balanced exercise, I got replies like, “Woah! What about the awful tan?” and “My mom will kill me if I get any darker.”

Yep, swimming often does darken your skin, and despite the copious amount of sunblock I applied, the tan came. But guess what? I love it and I grab every opportunity to show it off.

So when I saw the April cover of Vogue India, hailing the country’s dusky women, I couldn’t but stop and think—this is just what we need. Some of the photos are gorgeous and they show India’s lovely “dark” skin like never before. It may be just another cover shoot for the magazine, though there’s obviously some thought gone into it.  Could this be the step that can change the perception of Indians and the fashion industry? I certainly hope so.

Meanwhile, check out what Vogue stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania and the models have to say about the idea of a bronzed-beauties shoot:


PS—I’m not the only one who’s loving it. Check out Vogue UK’s coverage of the path-breaking(?) cover and the Feminista’s perspective on the cover and the colour issue.

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