When I started my fashion posts I got many requests to do one on Asian designs or celebrities. So I started actively checking out most of the famous people in Bollywood and what I found was that most of them, although incredibly fashionable and stylish, do not have their own individual style.There are many fashionable ladies who wear clothes beautifully and there are the obvious fashionista’s in the new lot like Sonam Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut but I see more of latest fashion on them rather than great style.
Style is personal and it is also eternal. Orson Welles said “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn” and when I look at most of these famous celebrities I don’t see anyone who really lives by that. Style is not just buying the latest trends and wearing it like as shown on the catwalk. Style is also not wearing brands from top to toe and transforming yourself from one look to another and completely disappearing under that. Style is having an individual statement. It is like your DNA, whatever you wear does not own you.. you own it and you make it your own. A hundred other people could wear the same thing, but when you wear it, there is a difference. That is style.
One such celebrity who I have admired for a few years is Kiran Rao. Film producer, screenwriter, and director with a penchant for art house parallel cinema. Her directorial debut was a critical success which I happen to love and she is also the wife of Bollywood actor and star Aamir Khan. One thing I love about Kiran is that from the beginning she never tried to dress like the other star wives and was always true to herself. She is pretty and effervescent and a thorough intellectual but she is not all serious either. She has fun with fashion and whatever she wears she makes it her own.
It is difficult to mix eclectic ethnic and chic in one look yet Kiran manages to do just that. Her looks are never just sexy, pretty, dainty, edgy or casual. There is a mix. There is always a supreme confidence and comfort level and her quirky personality always shines through. I love her slightly off kilter quirky style and I love that she always takes fashion risks. She does not stick to one thing that only works for her and repeat it forever. She tries things out and carries them off with elan and this is why in my books she is one of the most stylish ladies in Bollywood.
So here are some of my favourite looks.
Pictures courtesy of High Heel Confidential