Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif or Patralekha — Who aced colour blocking?

Recently, Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone made a colour-blocking statement when she wore a red velvet oriental print dress with hot pink wide-legged pants from Zara. The look failed to impress because the red and pink colour blocking technique, which is really hard to pull off, didn’t work out for this beauty. The separates are beautiful on their own but teamed together, they look jarring. But Patralekha Mishra Paul, the ‘Citylights’ actor who chose to go for a similar look managed to pull it off beautifully.
Unlike Padukone, Paul chose to colour block her hot pink high-neck top from Zara with a flared tangerine skirt from Forever New. Styled by Devki B, she chose to play down the colour game with a pair of nude heels, a soft pink pout and a top-knot hair bun with cute bangs.

katrina kaif, patralekha, lakme fashion week photos, katrina kaif fashion, taylor swift, katrina kaif photos, patralekha fashion, patralekha fashion photos, indian express, indian express news Colour-blocking has been a celebrity favourite for a while now. Katrina Kaif too, was seen in a pink-and-red dress by Jill Jill Stuart during a press meet while promoting Fitoor in 2016. She chose the same colours like Padukone, and failed to create an impact. While this is closer home, international stars like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé have also flaunted the colour blocking fashion technique with elan. Among them, it is Taylor Swift’s popular number that will remain our favourite.

Kareena-Karisma are back at twinning in pastel midis and we can’t keep calm

The Kapoor sisters as Soha Ali Khan puts it, are the “queens of the fashion police”. We might not completely agree with her judgement but there’s no denying that they are one of the most fashionable sister duos in Bollywood. The siblings have their unique sense of style which – on most occasions – is inspiring, and all the more worth following because they seem to have fun while dressing up. If you haven’t noticed, an important part of their life is twinning and looks like they have been doing it since their growing up days! Look at this photo where they are seen wearing matching outfits, so why should things change now?

Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma KapoorRecently, for a photo shoot, the siblings picked up pastel midis. Karisma shared a couple of photos on Instagram from behind the shoot and a boomerang too! They look radiant and while, Kareena Kapoor Khan chose a boat-neck pink dress with ruffled sleeves, elder sister Karisma Kapoor flaunted her slender figure in a beautiful cold-shoulder grey number.

ADITI RAO HYDARI looks dreamy as a ROYAL BRIDE in her latest magazine cover

Aditi Rao Hydari knows how to add a pinch of panache in her sartorial choices, whether they are ethnic or casual. Her authentic style always reflects in the attires that she wears, and that brings a certain freshness to it. But, the actress has also been known to make traditional wear cool. The 30-year-old recently posed for a UK-based magazine cover for their bridal issue, and looked like a royal bride as she posed in a rich, regal lehenga for the shoot. Sharing the picture on Instagram, she wrote: “Thank you @khushmag … my first cover with you!!! So much fun… you’re all the sweetest and you spoilt me silly!”

aditi rao hydari, aditi rao hydari fashion, aditi rao hydari bridal issue, aditi rao hydari khush magazine, aditi rao hydari bride attire, aditi rao hydari outfit, indian express, indian express newsDressed in an elaborate white, gem-studded, floral embroidered lehenga designed by Sulakshana Monga from ‘Soltee’, she looked breathtakingly beautiful. The outfit was accented with jewellery from Amrapali Jewels with heavy kundan earrings, rings and hand bracelets.

Check out the outfit that she carried off in the cover photo here.

Styled by Vikas Rattu and hair and make-up done by London-based Ganga, her hair was left straight-parted and kept at the back to give a natural effect and her bridal look was accentuated with smokey eyes, soft touch up and pink lip shade.

A Bollywood Ending

OVER the weekend, Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 saw a steady parade of Bollywood showstoppers and front-row fixtures. From Aditya Roy Kapur and Jacqueline Fernandez, who walked for Manish Malhotra’s closing show, to ramp regulars Malaika Arora and Dia Mirza, who walked for newbie designers such as Ridhi Mehra and Kusum and Karishma Luharuwal respectively, a celebrity showstopper was the hottest selling news peg.

Every starlet worth her personal manager — from Aditi Rao Hydari, Ileana D’Cruz, Kriti Sanon, Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu, to Diana Penty, Pooja Hegde, Nargis Fakhri, Vaani Kapoor and Eli Avaram — was present at Mumbai’s St Regis, playing arm candy to some designer or the other.

In comparison, the men were under-represented — by Randeep Hooda, Vidyut Jamwal and Ali Fazal. But the show-stealer was the inimitable Ranveer Singh, who may not have walked the ramp for Manish Arora, but created quite a flutter in a psychedelic rainbow-hued Arora jumper. The flashbulb frenzy at the venue made even the most seasoned of fashion watchers admit in self-defeat that Mumbai and its obsession with Bollywood will not be denied.

Parisian Affair

Manish Arora, undoubtedly India’s most famous fashion export, presented “Cosmic Love”, celebrating a decade of showing his work at the Paris Fashion Week. The Fall 2017 line, described by WWD.com as “a veritable firework display” took the atrium of Palladium Mall quite by storm with its psychedelic fervour and multi-coloured madness. African tribal influences met intergalactic patterns, shooting stars and peacock embroideries, as over 40 models descended an escalator directly on to the makeshift ramp — a frenzied spectacle only Arora can promise and deliver.

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Where there is Bollywood, there’s bound to be glamour. The weekend saw designers pull out all the stops for collections that screamed glitz. The title of Malhotra’s collection “Tales of Indulgence” was self-explanatory as cocktail dresses in metallic hues were doused in pearls, tassels and feathers. His protege Arpita Mehta presented a coquettish festive line with bare shoulders, lotus motifs and lots of sheer styles. Ridhi Mehra played with fringe details, metallic tassels, bugle beads, faux feathers and plunging necklines to turn the heat up a notch.

While Shriya Som brought on a more vintage vibe with intricate lace, feathers, stones, sequins and crystals, Sonaakshi Raaj worked with embellished and gilded lace, shimmery thread-work and blingy fringe. In comparison, Nachiket Barve’s Greco-Roman inspired line was rich in colour, yet understated. With collections bordering more on the commercial rather than the abstruse, we won’t be surprised if some of the outfits displayed make the ramp-to-red-carpet transition even before we can say “Farewell, fashion week”.

Disha Patani, Sridevi, Khushi Kapoor: Beauties at Manish Malhotra’s LFW grand finale front row

Celebrity designer Manish Malhotra ended the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive in a spectacular way with film stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Aditya Roy Kapur as showstoppers. Titled ‘Tales of Indulgence’, the grand finale saw a detailed use of black, white and chrome. While the menswear section saw a formal assortment, Malhotra chose to dress his women up in evening and cocktail dresses with handcrafted embellishments on them.

While Kapur looked dashing in a black, velvet one-button jacket with a contrast black embroidered lapels, Fernandez looked gorgeous in a long-sleeved, embroidered, net floor- skimming creation, over micro shorts.

(Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakrabarty)

Additionally, the front row of Malhotra’s show was filled with stars like Sridevi, who came along with her younger daughter Khushi, Shabana Azmi, Disha Patani, Richa Chadda, Dia Mirza, Karisma Kapoor, Amrita Rao Ladak, Sonali Bendre and Neha Dhupia, among others.

When at a Manish Malhotra show, the off-ramp fashion quotient is sometimes as high as on-ramp, and this time it was the same. Here are our favourite looks from the Bollywood line-up of beauties in the front row.

Sridevi, who recently turned a year younger was thrown a birthday party by the celebrated fashion designer and just she, just like the perfect best friend, turned up at his show to render her support. Not only that, the evergreen beauty looked gorgeous in an embellished white dress with silver fringes at the hemline by the designer himself. She left her beautiful black mane open and mid-parted. Accessorising with a simple silver clutch, she chose a pair of silver Christian Louboutin heels to go along with her attire.

Khushi Kapoor, Sridevi’s just as gorgeous daughter, looked stunning in strapless gown by Malhotra with an embellished bustier and a beautiful sheer skirt with floral embroidery towards the end. She styled her hair in a side-swept braid and kept her make-up minimal, except for the bright red lips which went well with her overall look.

Artistic Appeal

FROM delicately embroidered pieces, to reprising traditional painting techniques and even an upcycled bridal line – Day Three saw designers lend a different spin to festive wear at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter-Festive 2017. Here’s our pick of shows that made an impression:

Painted Glory

Inspired by the frescoes of Ajanta caves, Gaurang Shah’s “Chitravali” combined hand-painted kalamkari work with the richness of Kanjeevaram silk and a sprinkling of chikankari and mukaish embroidery. The hand-painted artwork were created using natural dyes and the palette of the collection leaned on the earthy side with red, turmeric yellow, moss green and black with a generous dose of gold. The zari-edged kalamkari pieces were our favourite.

Story Time

Rina Singh of Eka presented a light and somber line, which was a blend of chicness and comfort. Titled “Once Before, An Artist’s Wardrobe and Her Story”, Singh drew inspiration from artists Amrita Sher -Gil, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso for her baggy dresses, oversized tops and flared trousers. Singh played with over-dyed linen, linen zari, silk blends and wool in shades of pink, indigo, charcoal and nude. She added hints of femininity with lace detailing and soft scalloped hemlines.

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Travel Yarn

Amit Aggarwal’s “Monaco From the Heart of Kashi” combined the inspiration he drew from the Prince’s Palace of Monaco and Opera De Monte Carlo with Indian Banarasi brocades to present an unconventional bridal collection. His trademark moulded shapes and structured silhouettes made the looks, at once, traditional and international. We especially liked some of the sari-drape gowns, multi-coloured Banarasi ensembles and lehenga skirts.

My outfits will never overpower my personality: Taapsee Pannu

She may be experimenting a lot with her fashion choices, but actor Taapsee Pannu says looking like a diva is not her aim and she will never let clothes define her personality. The 30-year-old star, who has lately been sporting edgy and out-of-the-box looks, says she does not go by the fashion trends and only wears clothes that she can manage easily.

In an interview, Taapsee says, “The credit of dressing me up goes to my sister-in-law, Devki, who is also my stylist. She stays in the US and styles me from there. She is pharmacist by profession and does styling for fun. “I openly say that fashion is not my main aim. It is not
that I constantly follow what’s happening in the world in terms of fashion. But I believe if you know how to carry yourself and follow your own style, you become fashionable. Devki knows my style, she knows what suits me. (But) My outfits will never overpower my personality. They don’t define me, I define them.”

The actor says she loves dressing up for events and getting clicked, but the trend of the airport-gym looks have not gone down well with her. “People are after the airport look, gym look, etc. It bothers me a lot. If I am taking a 5 am flight, I can’t afford to look fashionable. I am not a hardcore fashion person. I have made peace with it. I have decided I will wear what I like and not care about what the fashion police has to say. Still, it does stress me out. But it is an occupational hazard. Nothing much can be done about it,” says Taapsee.

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Taapsee slayed the runway in a floor-length embellished jacket worn over a delicately-embroidered sheer piece. The actor says walking the ramp has always been a nightmare for her, right from her modelling days. “I believe there are different expectations attached when you are a model and things are different when you are showstopper. When I used to model, I felt like a nameless body carrying clothes.

“So, now I really enjoy (it). I like the fact that a designer would create something for me or want me to represent their creation for the first time in front of the world. That makes me feel special. People will not look just at my clothes but also at my personality,” she adds.

Taapsee will next be seen in “Judwaa 2”. The movie, also featuring Varun Dhawanand Jacqueline Fernandez, will release on September 29.

Indians are now ready to go global: Designer Manish Arora

Manish Arora has been winning hearts on the international runway and the designer said in the past few years, the Indian fashion scene has evolved immensely as people are now more aware about the global trends. Arora, who has established himself as a brand internationally, presented his collection at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017.

It was the first time he showcased his latest Paris collection on the Indian runway. “Ten years ago when I started showing in Paris there were hardly any people from India travelling there. Right now you go anywhere you see Indian people, not NRIs but people from India. They are now travelling a lot, they are seeing things and gaining experiences.

“Around 60 per cent of our population is in the ’30s and they all have this craving to learn and be a part of the global phenomenon, and fashion is one of them. Indians are now ready to go global,” Arora said. “That is the reason why I came back with the Manish Arora Paris brand. I had never shown it here before. I wanted to showcase here what I show internationally because the Indian market is now becoming open to things happening globally.”

The designer showcased his collection for the first time in Paris Fashion Week in 2007 and has been a regular since then. “It’s been quite an adventurous journey. I have learned a lot in the past ten years. I have celebrated a lot. But I would say I have just begun.” The designer said he might be working keeping the international sensibilities in mind, but in the past one decade he has always made sure to maintain the Indian ethos of the brand alive.

“The craftsmanship in my clothes is very Indian but workmanship is very international. It is easy to understand. It is not like I am just making Mughal flowers. Even though I might use zardozi, but I will make stars or planets out of it. “My work is all about embellishments and techniques. It has tribal elements but it is very new. We use all luxurious fabrics.”

Tough for plus-size people to find work in the glamour industry: Anjali Anand

Actor-model Anjali Anand said plus-size people are still not accepted by the entertainment and glamour industry. Anjali, who walked the ramp for the all Primero collection by Wendell Rodricks at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017, said initially in her career, she faced a lot of difficulty to find work. “It is a sad thing that we don’t have plus size models in India. Plus size people don’t get work in modelling or acting as much as normal people do. Finding work in glamour industry is tough.

“When I started modelling as a plus size, I always thought I will not get the job in this country. People saw me on the posters and were shocked. It is tough for people to accept a big girl on the poster. I feel we should be happy about what we are. We have to be comfortable in whatever we are wearing,” she said. The actor, however, is happy that the mindset is slowly changing and things have become better for her post her TV show “Dhhai Kilo Prem.”

“People’s view is changing. I did modelling and then did a show and now people have started looking at me differently. It motivates me.”

Rodricks’ collection was a rule breaker starting with the colours – white, which has been taboo for too long where plus sizes are concerned. Then it was neutrals, grey and clothes with great volume. The designer said he has always designed for voluptuous women as he believes it is unfair to ignore a major section of the society just because they don’t fit in the “perfect body” bracket.

anjali anand, plus size models, wendell rodricks, lakme fashion week“We have plus size concept all over the world but nothing was there for Indian women. We wanted to create something for Indian women. Plus size women feel they are completely out of the purview of the fashion. 60 per cent of the population falls in this category, so we tried to break the myth. “For me that was a personal accomplishment of sorts. This was the real show for me, this was the best show for me.”

Varonica Campabell, India’s first transgender plus size model walked for the show along with 20 other plus size models, who were selected through an audition held in June. While the women’s wear was a kaleidoscope of colours and included layered tunics, asymmetric gowns, winging dresses, capes and kaftans, the menswear featured deconstructed plackets, mull bundies, tunics, and twill cotton.

The lycra shirts with contrast stitch details, poly knits, silver speck foil prints, crush pleated poly georgette and pewter shine stripes completed the extensive fabrics and detailing choices.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s shimmer gown is a beauty but she manages to ruin the look; here’s how

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a real beauty and probably that’s the reason why she can pull of almost anything with ease, even if the styling is not really commendable. Such is the case with her latest appearance at Manish Malhotra’s residence where she attended a party organised by the ace designer to celebrate his good friend, Sridevi’s birthday.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Manish MalhotraThe Ae Dil Hai Mushkil star stepped out in a lovely toga-inspired grey shimmer gown by Gaurav Gupta featuring an embellished neckline. If you ask us, the gown ticks all the right boxes for a simple yet elegant evening look and we would have been really happy with her choice for the soirée. But there’s a catch! Celebrity stylist Aastha Sharma who has worked with Aishwarya on a number of occasions, including Cannes 2017 red carpet, spoiled the look with a chainmail necklace. We wish she would have picked up something sleek in its place, it would have looked much better.

However, we can’t find any fault with her beauty game. Her face looked gorgeous as usual with her signature well-defined eyes, a bright red pout and cascading waves.