How to get Alia Bhatt’s look from Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Ace designer Manish Malhotra gives us the lowdown
If Dear Zindagi had Alia Bhatt playing an urban girl-on-the-edge, her next release Badrinath Ki Dulhania needed her to buckle in and take a 180° ride to the opposite end of the spectrum. Cold shoulder cholis meet chunky mirror work meet bandhani-everything. And holy moly, is it time to dig out the relics from our oxidised jewellery phase again?
Alia’s small town girl vibe carries on the torch from her role in the prequel, Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania. But where Kavya Pratap Singh pledged her allegiance to short kurtis and patialas, the sequel’s Vaidehi Trivedi is all about exuberant pinks and reds, heavy kohl-lined eyes and her signature nose ring.
Bollywood’s go-to designer Manish Malhotra stepped in to help us decode the essentials. His brief for the movie? “Her character in the film is of a girl from the small town of Kota, Rajasthan. I drew from their rich heritage of vibrant colours, mirror work and beautiful floral designs. Our mood board was dominated by tie-and-dye, bandhani prints and block printed textiles,” he explains.
Alia and Manish go back a long way; he had styled her debut movie, Student of the Year. “Since then, she has had complete faith in the work I do. The only suggestion Alia had was to dress and style her in a way that would complement her age,” he elaborates.
You’ll remember that we had called yellow the colour to watch out for this year. Manish confirms our hypothesis in the title track of the movie by decking Alia out in a cold-shoulder choli and lehenga in the most vibrant shade of spring. “The movie releases at the brink of summer. Factor in the Holi weekend, and I knew that the only way to match the tempo and vibe of the song was for an eye-catching yellow lehenga. It’s fun, young and at the same time, a very glamorous hue. Definitely one of the ‘it’ colours of the season,” he affirms.
Looking to steal Alia’s style from the movie? Here’s what you should be doing.
Confused how to layer for daywear without looking stuffy? Keep your printed midis from getting boring by throwing on a denim vest.
Repeat after us: Bandhani all day, every day. If printed kurtas are not your thing, work in some printed magic with an itsy-bitsy scarf instead. Still need inspiration? Check out all cool ways you can wear bandhani this summer.
Forget everything you thought you knew; Manish is endorsing bright colours for day wear and muted tones for night. Make a statement with rich jewel tones, and no, we don't blame you for falling in love with gotta patti embroidery all over again.
A little mix-and-match can go a long way. Liven up your monochrome kurtas with a boho jacket.
In case you need any convincing to give muted pastels a shot for evening wear, we'll allow this brilliant chikankari kurta and jacket combo to do the talking.