When fashion goes flat
We love to look up to our Bollywood beauties for sartorial inspiration. However, there are times when they let us down spectacularly –and more often than not, they are on a global platform when they do that. It is during the Indian and International awards ( specially at the international awards) that Bolly queens decide to make the worst fashion choices ever – often leaving us cringing over their style decisions. The recent Cannes festival was one such event where Bollywood biggies looked quite terrible – not only the women -we will come to them in a bit – but the accepted King of Bollywood – Amitabh Bachchan, looked like he had tailored a coat out of his old drapes.
At the Cannes, divas Aishwarya ( Bachchan’s ‘bahu), Vidya Balan and Frieda Pinto did not do much to leave their fans raving at their fashion choices. Frieda did manage to do well overall, though she didn’t wow anyone with her looks but Aishwarya and Vidya – Vidya especially – disappointed. Aishwarya, still showing off bits of baby fat on her face and elsewhere looked pretty in an outfit that screamed Parisian chic during the photocall, (fishtail mermaid style black skirt and a white shirt, belted at the waist) she opted for a teal blue Gucci gown and sported bright pink lipstick on the red carpet – this looked sophisticated no doubt, but the bee-hive hairdo could have been avoided. However, unfortunately, here ended her stylish stint and thereafter she was seen looking as though she was wearing a tent – twice, once in a Sabyasachi ensemble and another time, wearing a flouncy, frumpy Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla Anarkali. She carried a nude pink clutch which contrasted against her bright green nails, but even that failed to take attention away from the strange outfit.
The Sabyasachi lehenga sari she wore on one of the days was black – yet it did not quite hit the mark as there was heavy golden embroidery along the sides and other detailing. That looked quite like a tent too – the silhouettes could have been better chosen, we feel.
Vidya Balan was the biggest loser where fashion points were concerned – it is probable that she wanted to be as expressive of the Indian style statement as possible but that vibe just refused to catch on. She wore frumpy clothing every single day – again in Sabyasachi . Vidya’s attempt to stick to Indian clothing is endearing but she should have chosen her clothing wisely. The red sari with the white accessories, the ‘Umrao Jaan’ lehenga – which she worsened by draping the dupatta over her head or the black and gold lehenga, all Vidya’s outfits were heavily panned.
Sonam Kapoor did not look quite as outrageous, though most fashion critics have applauded her Indian wear, it is opined by some that her long jacket and lehenga look by Anamika Khanna, complete with vermilion lips and winged eyeliner as well as a large nose ring was a bit over the top. The white princess gown she wore another time, embellished with bright pink roses might have been applauded by son, but it does look rather like she is wearing a tea cosy.
There have been many more fashion disasters by various other Bolly celebs elsewhere – take the hideous gown Sonakshi Sinha opted for at a recent awards show – designed by Falguni and Shane Peacock, she looked a little bit as though a peacock had been rearranged to form her outfit. Or, you have the strange dominatrix outfit sported by Deepika Padukone in a Prabal Gurung ensemble at the Filmfare awards. And speaking of Sabyasachi – he seems to be looking at his grandmother’s wardrobe for inspiration. Not only did he swathe Vidya in layers of matronly cloth, but he also put a tent on Parineeti Chopra when she attended the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards.
So, clothing can definitely make or break a celeb, a designer and you – depending on who you choose to mimic and look to, for inspiration.