Meet the celebrities who got it right this week
...and the designers behind the red carpet hits
Surprise, surprise: Priyanka Chopra held the paps at the Oscars red carpet captive with her futuristic outing in Ralph & Russo. While it doesn’t take a psychic to predict that, you will be surprised to see the designer names in this week’s best dressed line-up. Bollywood stylists are spreading their nets far and wide, and have some exotic foreign finds to report back for their effort.
From Deepika Padukone in Duro Olowu to Freida Pinto in Uel Camilo, there’s a fashion education waiting to happen within this round-up. Closer home, Nikhil Thampi, Ridhi Mehra and Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla got their nods from Kareena Kapoor, Shruti Haasan and Sonam Kapoor respectively. Let’s begin, shall we?
Kareena Kapoor in Nikhil Thampi and other looks we loved this week
It’s been a while since Shruti Haasan turned up on our radar, but this midnight blue Ridhi Mehra lehenga makes for the perfect comeback. Known for her love for flouncy drapes and silhouettes, this Delhi-based designer loves to work floral embroidery into solid colours.
The name may be something of a tongue twister, but we suggest you wrap your head around it fast. Nigerian-born Duro Olowu has been flooding the runways with African prints since his arrival on the fashion scene in 2004. Deepika Padukone was a no-show at the Oscars ceremony, but she made her presence known at the pre-awards dinner party with a vibrant pick from his Fall/Winter 2016 line.
Frills, pastel hues and romantic curls: Sonam Kapoor is a Karan Johar movie waiting to happen in this Sandra Mansour outfit. The Lebanese designer prides herself on weaving transparency and simplicity into her elegant creations, and has a loyal celebrity following to show for it. Think Nicole Scherzinger, think Gwyneth Paltrow.
We thought we were ready to take a time-out from all the sheer numbers on the red carpet. Right up until Freida Pinto walked in in this lemony yellow creation from Uel Camilo. The Italian designer is known for weaving in an element of Brazilian sensuality into his creations, and has a client roster packed with Britney Spears, Gigi Hadid and her ilk.
The Australian-born designer championed gender fluidity in his Pre-Fall 2017 collection, (think oversized shirtdresses and endless pants) but a little bit of feminine fun never hurt anyone. Behold, Alia Bhatt testing her wiles on Varun Dhawan during the promotions of Badrinath ki Dulhania in this flirty number. The strapless geometric dress falls squarely in the fuss-free category, so that’ll be an amen from us.
Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla
Emilio Pucci had us lusting after all things fringe with his Fall 2017 collection, and closer home, designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla helped satisfy that itch with this fringed sari creation that is begging to be twirled in. Sitting tall and proud amongst India’s most coveted designers, the duo have been doing good things to our wardrobes for around three decades now. Sonam Kapoor is a card-carrying member of their fan club, and so are we.
There’s nothing that Deepika does as well as a monochrome number. Those in search of proof need look no further than this head-to-toe black cocktail dress from Roland Mouret. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the French couturier hit the headlines in a major way when Ivanka Trump wore a $3,000 dress to her father’s Congress speech. It may have seemed like a slap on the wrist to the President’s ‘buy American, hire American’ stance, but who could say no to a Mouret creation?
Not many would have paired dramatic lips with a powder blue gown, but Kareena isn't one for playing it safe. The actor punctuated her first foray into television with a custom Nikhil Thampi gown, topped off with a touch of sparkle from Nirav Modi jewels. The ELLE Graduates veteran began his journey as one of our exciting labels-on-the-rise and today, wearing his creations has become a rite of passage for every aspiring socialite.