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Fashion designers and their Bollywood best friends

Raiding your BBF's closet is more fun when they're one of India's top designers

By ELLE team  November 9th, 2017

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just pick up the phone and get Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla to whip you up a fabulous couture ensemble for Diwali? Or may be get Manish Malhotra to design your entire wedding trousseau and then be there for every styling session? Well such is the life of a Bollywood celebrity and her designer best friend.

Some are childhood friendships spanning generations, as in the case of Sonam Kapoor and Shehla Khan. Others may have started in a professional capacity but quickly bloomed into something beautiful, like Manish Malhotra and, well… just about everybody from Kareena Kapoor Khan to Alia Bhatt. However their stories began, the talented stars and their equally talented designer friends have inspired and supported one another through the decades and through each other’s careers.

From playing dress-up as children to playing a more lavish version as adults, these BFFs have insured that their famous friends are always the best dressed in the room. To be honest if Shehla Khan was our best friend, we’d be wearing her signature pastel lehengas to run errands. 

6 Bollywood stars and their designer best friends 

Rocky S and Bipasha Basu

Bipasha has walked the ramp and played muse to the designer for years and similarly, Bipasha and her husband Karan Singh Grover have been featured in almost every Rocky S campaign. Bipasha calls the designer her 'rock' and the two are regularly spotted together dining out and hosting each other's parties.

Masaba Gupta and Alia Bhatt

Masaba and Alia go way back. The two are second generation BFFs with their mothers being the first generation of besties. The star kids and childhood friends were inseparable well before they became famous in their own right. The girls have their own close knit gang and do sleepovers and mother-daughter lunches together. Alia can be seen regularly sporting Masaba's creations and the two often feature on each other's Instagram handles. "Neena aunty and my mum have been friends for many years now, so I have known Masaba since forever," admits Alia.

Sonam Kapoor and Shehla Khan

Sonam Kapoor and Shehla Khan have been best friends since childhood, and the two have, no doubt, bonded over their obsession with fashion over the years. Sonam has played muse and brand ambassador to Shehla, supported her since the inception of her label Shehlaa by Shehla Khan.

Nikhil Thampi and Esha Gupta

Esha Gupta and Nikhil Thampi move in the same circle of friends. The BBFs are regularly doing Goa getaways together as only best friends do. Nikhil has created custom looks for Esha to rock on red carpets and the bombshell returns the favour by playing showstopper for Nikhil's fashion shows. 

Kareena Kapoor and Manish Malhotra

Manish has been dressing Kareena on and off-screen for years now. He even made all the outfits for her wedding, with the exception of an outfit that was given to Kareena by Sharmila Tagore. The two attend parties together, gossip together and have been constants in each other's careers. They have been friends for over 25 years — Manish first met a 9-year-old Kareena when he went to the Kapoor house to style Karisma. 

The Bachchans and Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla

One would argue that the Bachchans — from Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan to grand-daughter Navya Naveli Nanda — exclusively wear Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla for their big events. A regular at the designer duo's fabulous parties, the usually reticent Shweta Bachchan has even played showstopper for the label's couture show.