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Filmfare 2015 – Red Carpet

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The possible Oscars of Indian Film Industry, Filmfare saw many stars descend and take the red carpet by storm. Many of the Bollywood actors stepped up their A game, for the red carpet.

 

ILEANA D’ CRUZ
In Nikhil Thampi seperates with a metallic belt and Dior earrings, Ileana knocked it out the ball park. The one not to go the gown route, Ileana’s suit featured a dramatic cape that drew all attention. With a plunging neckline and impeccably tailored pants that fell just to the right length, Ileana look was just perfectly balanced. With a side pony tail and smoky eyes, she looked every inch fierce styled to perfection. Pointy heels rounded off her looks.

 

SUNNY LEONE
The ‘Baby Doll’ with a sheer and lace detailed gown that fit her like a glove, looked one of the better ones at night. The Mayyur Girotra structured gown with the flared detail was perfect for the starlet. It hugged her in all the right places flaunting her curves… if you got it, might as well flaunt it. The sheer details between the boat and the sweet heart neck line was just enough detail. Finishing off her look with a side bun and sun kissed makeup, it was a safe but very effective look on the red carpet.

 

TABU
The actress of the moment, the DIVA brought her A game on for the night with the color of the night, Black. However she stood out tall, like her performances, apart from anyone else. Such long sequined gowns tend to be tricky but Tabu works the hell outta that Vizyon gown looking every bit the star she is. The actress sparkled (literally) and was glam on the red carpet. With side swept hair and the dark vampy lips, this award winner for the night gave the black lady of the night (the filmfare award is black) some serious competition. She definitely did not disappoint. A minor gripe though was that I did wish the gown to be much more structured.

 

SONAM KAPOOR
The Fashionista Sonam was almost bound to be on this list. The red carpet veteran gave us the perfect ethnic red carpet look without going the traditional long kurta-maxi route. Sporting Anamika Khanna seperates in a blush nude hue, Ms. Kapoor brought in the dainty look on the red carpet. The side tied skirt was the perfect length so as to give that sheer dramatic cape enough room and limelight to shine. The milkmaid braids, which was a good idea to show off the details, complimented the ensemble perfectly. She paired it up with jewelry by her motherr Sunita Kapoor.. just wished she could have stopped at two necklaces. Needless to say she looked pretty

 

SONALI BENDRE
Sonali’s orange outing on the red carpet pretty much shocked the daylights outta many people. The actress’s unusual choice of color made for an unpredictable outing as well as how it was styled perfectly that one could not flaw anything with a color that hard to pull off. The slick back hair, the smoky eyes her makeup was on-point edgy and dramatic. She paired up her Saloni gown with an Isharya cuff and a Kotur geometric clutch looking every bit statuesque on the red carpet. Good Job!

 

NEHA DHUPIA
Ah! another one who hardly looks bad in anything. The thing about Neha Dhupia is that she knows she has a broader frame but her sartorial choices are so brilliant and perfect because she makes them work for her body type. The result! well she looks amazing in almost every red carpet outing that she has and hardly ever has a misstep. The Alpana and Neeraj black and electric blue gown with a dramatic bow detail was no exception. The gown looked amazing and so did she with her styling complimenting it to a T. Deciding to pull up her hair and smoky eyes was perfect accompaniment for the gown that was finished just about with a Bottega Veneta clutch in tow.

 

THE MEN

 

SHAHID KAPOOR
Looking every bit dapper, the best actor winner of the night lead the pack of men. In a brilliantly fitted tuxedo by Kunal Rawal, Shahid sported a white waistcoat, bow tie, white shirt and a black suit. With the perfect facial fuzz and a perfect quiff of hair, Shahid cut a winning picture (all puns intended) on the red carpet.

 

FAWAD KHAN
Making all the ladies swoon, Fawad Khan looked every inch contemporary royal he played in the movie. The best debut winner was clad in a Dior Homme suit with pinstriped waistcoat, Armani shirt, Louis Philippe tie, Akshata Bhojania pocket square, Dolce & Gabbana patent lace-ups and Tag Heuer gold and steel watch, he was dapper extraordinaire. With everything slim and tailored to perfection, this is exactly what you want to see a dashing leading man to be wearing.

 

ARJUN KAPOOR
In an Ashish Soni tux, Arjun Kapoor turned up in an interesting emerald green jacket on the red carpet. An unusual outing and a look, he picked up the perfect trick of going monochrome to let the jacket take the spotlight on the red carpet. While the young actor looked good, now all he needs to do is master the art of getting the perfect posture on the red carpet.

 

TAHIR RAJ BHASIN
The meanie of the year, Tahir Raj Bhasin, looked dapper in a black suit on the red carpet. The Best Supporting actor nominee played it up perfectly with a black and white suit adding in just a hint of color via a pocket square. To his credit, he made a minimal statement without the need to go all out to make a statement and cut a polished picture.

 

RANDEEP HOODA
In a perfect dinner tux complete with a bow tie and cummerbund (the only one to do it), Randeep Hooda, turned up an opposite picture of his Mahabeer avatar. The Highway actor cut up a polished image on the red carpet.

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Golden Globes 2015 – Red Carpet

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While this time around Globes was a lackluster affair with not enough Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in their last year of hosting, there were some fun surprises and the red carpet veterans bringing out their A game on the red carpet.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
The one always dressed to the nines, J.Lo turned up in a sheer metallic Zuhair Murad cape Kaftan number making sure all eyes were on her. The Latina beauty broke the rules of not to do decollete and legs together and yet look smoking hot on the red carpet. The plunging bold number was right up the diva’s alley staying true to her glam. She accessorized with a coordinating clutch, platinum Stuart Weitzman sandals and mega danglers. Her hair had the perfect amount of volume with her bombshell waves styled to perfection and on point smoky eye makeup made her for one sizzling red carpet DIVA.

JESSICA CHASTAIN
Does this woman ever have a misstep on the red carpet? While the plunging pleated and draped silhouette was nothing new, it was Chastain who breathed life and how she wore the liquid Versace bronze number to perfection. Unusual, unpredictable and definitely delectable, the bronze played a perfect contrast against her red locks which were styled as an ode to old Hollywood glamour.  Whoever knew this color could be pulled off at the red carpet and with that much perfection. With dangling diamonds and a silver cuff watch was all she needed to finish off this smashing outing on the red carpet.

EMMA STONE
Trust Miss Stone to stir things up at the red carpet. The one to ditch the gown and going the pantsuit route, the BIG EYES painting on display (you need to see the award show to understand that joke), just killed it in that Lanvin number. Birdman’ star and Best Supporting Actress nominee’s ensemble was one of the unexpected looks of the night. With a heavily bejeweled bodice, tailored pants and complete with a statement bow and train in the back—the perfect fusion of feminine and masculine styling. Keeping her jewellery to minimum with midi rings, she styled her her flame-red, wavy bob and magenta lip color.

KATE HUDSON
Defining fierce in every way possible, Kate hudson’s Atelier Versace gown was the perfect balance between red carpet and vampy. The undeniably sexy gown with the cutouts and sparkle stripes was a risque but gives the gown an enviable silhouette which the gurl works the damn hell out of. Leaving just enough to imagination, the plunging number with a killer bod as Hudson’s was one of the best of the night. She finished off the look with a twisted bun, Forevermark simple drop earring and sleek clutch. No fuss or drama! this bitch owned the red carpet like nobody’s business.

KATE BECKINSALE
The second Kate of the night who was a vision in a nude grey was Kate Beckinsale in her Elie Saab number. With a cross between a grecian dress (complete with that flawless updo) and sequined number, the british actress looked radiant in the gown. She added drama with her Salvatore Ferragamo heels and Bulgari jewels, the chandelier chain earrings and a diamond bracelet. A cute box clutch finished things off. It was however her lip color that was just chic. Her nude pink pout was the perfect choice to top the look off (a break from the oxbloods..phew!). Effortlessly chic.

REESE WITHERSPOON
A sighting after quite a while at the awards season, Reese Witherspoon was back in a silver number and how. The glitzy column number from Calvin Klein collection fit her like a dream with her locks in a side swept fashion. The Wild actress was bang on with the metallic trend of the night in this sleek look that was polished and meant business. Finishing off with her simple makeup, dainty earrings and one simple cuff, she cut a sophisticated picture.

GINA RODRIGUEZ
The shocking winner of the night, the Jane of television, Gina Rodriguez took more than the top honors at the globes. The actress was a perfect minimal vision in black gown with fringe details at the bottom. The strapless Badgely Mishka number highlighted the actress’s curves in the best possible silhouette making her look comfortable on the red carpet. With her hair in soft waves and white Chopard drop earrings, Miss Rodriguez aced it at her debut globe outing and hit all the right notes. Simple and classic with just enough twist.

THE MEN

EDDIE REDMAYNE
The Best Actor Nominee and Winner of the night, Eddie Redmayne cut his honeymoon short to turn up on the red carpet. Sort of a regular on my lists whenever he makes an appearance, the charming actor turned up as in a black gucci suit with a velvet jacket. At a black tie event, velvet usually gives me the creeps and ‘errr…’ moments since it is not everyone’s cup of tea to pull it off. However Mr. Redmayne had no such problems. Trudging along effortlessly, the british actor looked dapper and chic as usual with a pinstripe detailing down the side of his pants. Opting for a bowtie and patent leather shoes, he paired his suit with a crisp white shirt and a white pocket square. Definitely knows how to exercise control .

LAWRENCE ZARIAN
When fashion guru like Lawrence Zarian is set to take the red carpet, you anticipate and sit up to take notice of what he is going to turn up in. Playing off the dapper geek card, Mr Zarian turned up in a vintage deep purple tux. Letting the color do all the talking, the guy kept the rest of the look simple with a crisp white hugo boss shirt, John Varvatos boots and slim tie in a trinity knot (yes it wasn’t just regular old knot) . Adding the quirk with his nerdy Sama Eyewear specs, he had a slight stubble that added the right amount of debonair air to the whole look.

MATT BOMER
The guy looks photoshopped even on red carpet…lol.. The actor ringing in the award for his best supporting actor gong for The Normal Heart, was sleek and pretty much blew the competition in how to look polished on red carpet. Appearing in Ralph Lauren Black Label, the actor in the blue suit with a charcoal collar stood out for his choice of color and his slick styling. The shawl collar suit is not always easy to pull off since it is considered the most casual in the suit family, but credit to Mr. Bomer for pulling it off how he did. Slick side parted hair, a matching bowtie and a thin reveal of the pocket square, coupled with black shoes rounded off his look. Gentlemen!! that is how you do it.

DOMINIC WEST
One of my favorite actors this season, he was definitely the one I was rooting for this award season. Dominic West who was nominated for his AFFAIR (yea he was!! :P) turned up pretty polished on the red carpet in a classic tux and bowtie. What has always been interesting is how he manages to keep his wavy hair side parted with a certain flick for a formal look. With the slight triangle to his pocket square (it is really in the details for men at an event like this!!) and his gold cufflinks, the man did manage to clean up .. and clean up well.

GEORGE CLOONEY
Come on! lets face it… he looks good in everything.. even when he wears his wedding Armani tux to the globes. Ladies!! you may want him but Amal has him 😛 Keep Drooling!!

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2014- Films in Fashion

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Quite the year that went by, with many movies that gave us some spectacular fashion moments that seem to reprise and echo the past yet transcend boundaries of time. Personally for me, the costumes in any movie need to blend in with the character so much that they become second skin to it; hardly noticable. Yet, One should be able to tell the story via costumes even without the human forms present. The costumes, apart from adding in an extra layer to the character help built it showcasing a characters progression and this year gave us some major fashion in motion picture moments to be excited about.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT
When a movie is made on a fashion legend and arguably one of the most youngest rebels in his own right of the last century, it is bound to be included in fashion movie lit. Yves Saint Laurent gave us a journey through the designer’s turbulent life but not without his exquisite and ground breaking works that he gave us while making History in Fashion. With Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s former partner, opening archives for the costume designer Madeline Fontaine, it would have been exciting, nervous and intimidating to work with original pieces for the film for her. From Le Smoking tuxedo to his wedding dress at Dior, the movie showcased it all how the designer brought the sexy, defiance and expressed power through his pieces. Him being one of my favorites, it was awe inspiring to see how Fontaine excelled at the outfits that evoked the charm and the genius that was YVES SAINT LAURENT.

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ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
When you have Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston starring in a movie you know magic is bound to happen. Jim Jarmusch’s eclectic Eve and Rocker Adam, the two glamorous centuries old vampire couples with their love for music, literature, arts and a chilling thirst for blood. Transient yet eclectic Eve manages to pull off embellished Kaftans to minimalist jackets (that white jacket she wore was just epic) defying time, tradition and crossing over cultures with simple silhouettes and clean lines, looking well put together despite her wild mane. Her young lover Adam presented the perfect grungy rock-and-roll vibe as he swooned unconcerned around his home in Detroit in half-unbuttoned dark shirts and bare feet, slim jeans, and lanky black hair. Bina Daigeler successfully managed to erase time from the character’s outlook complimenting the whole timeless setting of the movie  Its vintage, dystopic and epitome of casual chic.

 

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MALEFICENT
The Magnificent Maleficent was one of the major moments this year as all eyes were on Angeline with bated breath. The classic Disney villain was brought to life with her side of the story. From her organic roots to her classic black horned badass look that was being anticipated and boy did the designers deliver.. Angelina never looked as badass. Using organic materials like bones and feather to accentuate her outfits, her labradorite stone inspired lenses and the devilish red lip. They used cow leather, sting ray and even ostrich shin leather . The black party crasher look in leather that flowed yet was constructed with that organic shaped collar, was the major highlight. It was brutal, savage and couture. Angelina channelled her deliciously dark diva attitude to perfection and left quite an imprint as the Menacing Maleficent.

 

BEGIN AGAIN
One of those rare movies where Keira Knightley plays a contemporary character of a singer/songwriter. Her style choices evolve with her character graph from a break up of a long term relationship to establishing herself as an artist. From hipster and rugged choices to bohemian and feminine, the clothes tell a certain story of various points in her life and how she progresses throughout the movie. Adam Levine on the other hand swapped between tees and tunic shirts layering them with plaids and waistcoats and pairing them up with distressed as well as straight skinny jeans.

GONE GIRL
One of the major disappointments that one usually has is how when a book is adapted, the characters are not how they imagined them to be. However I had no such complaints from Gone Girl. The regular not-so-girl-next-door was pretty much bang on styled the way one could perceive so while reading the book. Sunkissed natural makeup, simple pieces, soft colors and quality statements, all of those things made up Amy. While I did have a little trouble imaging Ben Affleck as Nick, but Rosamund Pike nailed Amy. One of the biggest challenge as a stylist and designer for a movie like this is NOT to stand out of the crowd and Trish Summerville (the costume designer), pretty much aces at it. She kept things regular, simple, classic and barely noticeable for the couple.

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
It’s an Armani Affair for Jessica Chastain playing Anna in A Most Violent Year set in the 1980s. The movie is set out to do for the 80s what American Hustle did for the 70s. Armani worked with director J.C Chandor and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone to provide every single outfit in Anna’s wardrobe.  Wearing the brand exclusively throughout the movie, Chastain exudes her inner power woman who takes no shit from anyone. Crepe blouses, wrap trenches, beaded jackets, and plunging bustiers, is the very picture of power. The clothing becomes sort of armour and the way the character dresses. The white wrap trench with sleek bob and red lip.. evocative and powerful.

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