This year,in terms of Bollywood fashion,I think we did rather well. I have a few clear favourite films according to the costumes and look.
The top of the list is definitely Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. It was the most beautifully styled movie this year and full credit should be given to Anju Modi,the costume designer for the movie. The clothes were relevant to the times and the setting of the story. Not only were the clothes of the lead pair Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone perfect,even the costumes worn by the rest of the cast were splendid. The shoes and jewellery worked very well with the clothes. Its a surprise that this was Modis first movie as a costume designer. She brought ethnic back to the closet and I came to this realisation with the way anarkalis and jhumkas,among other traditional Indian items,are selling out on my online fashion store.
I recently watched Dhoom 3,and while all characters were not exactly well-styled,I do think that Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaifs characters looked very fashionable. They looked contemporary and urban. Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh looked impeccable in Vikramaditya Motwanes Lootera. There was no skin show to attract attention,yet Sinhas saris and the retro look that Singh sported in the movie stayed with me. It was very aesthetic and I think Sinha looked her best in Lootera.
I fell in love with the way Manish Malhotra played with colours in Chennai Express. He made some very bold choices in the sari colours and still kept them simple and pretty. Deepika Padukones lungi sari in the promotional song,Lungi dance,was a very good twist to the styling.
While these are some of my favourites,some movies were just plain atrocious. Unfortunately,Sinha,who looked splendid in Lootera,was a part of the two worst-styled movies,according to me Bullett Raja and R…Rajkumar. The awful red gown in Bullet Raja was such a big disappointment. Its as if no one gave any thought to the costumes. Sinha did not play a fashion victim in the movie,but definitely looked like
one. We must remember that costumes are extremely important because they form a big chunk of the visual appeal.
When we talk about red-carpet fashion,this year,for me,Kangana Ranaut definitely stood out. She had a few misses but 80 per cent of the time,she got it right. At an award ceremony recently,she wore a pink satin gown,with no jewellery or make up,and looked beautiful. She was also spotted in a Sabyasachi sari with a striped blouse at one event,and in a few Nikhil Thampi creations. I think,with time,she will get it 100 per cent right. Then there is Sonam Kapoor who is born with a great fashion sense and always turns up really stylish. Among the men,my vote goes to Saif Ali Khan. He is the most well-dressed man in the film industry.
As for fashion trends that we can carry forward in 2014,Im thinking,go ethnic with cholis and lehengas,cocktail rings and raani haar and jodhpuris and bandhgalas. Embrace what India does best.
As told to Somya Lakhani