6 celebrity-approved fashion looks to try this summer
Girls' day out or a night of red carpet slaying, they've got your back
Despite what the Starks keep proclaiming (when not being brutally massacred by treacherous former friends and wedding guests), winter is not coming anytime soon. Dealing with the unforgiving Indian summer requires you to unearth those pastel cottons and diaphanous dresses. When it comes to easy brunch outings or a cocktail party you cannot miss, Bollywood celebrities and their stylists are ready to serve you loads of inspiration by way of their numerous public outings. Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez and company gave us a little preview on how to dress this summer, whether you’re out shopping with the girls or slaying red carpets. And for women who can’t part with black despite the obvious temperature control issues, Diana Penty has a workaround.
Here are our favourite looks of the week and the designers behind them.
Sonakshi, Jacqueline and more show us their summer essentials
Effectively proving that you can express your love for black this season, even when the sun is out with a vengeance, is Namrata Joshipura. The athletic designer mixes ‘New York’s energy with an Indian sensibility’ and is a strong champion of bringing sexy back on the Indian fashion scene. “I’ve always believed in fashion being fashionable. I like making cool, glamorous clothes and I cannot take that away just to be relevant to a specific trend,” she says.
In case you too want to channel Diana Penty’s black pantsuit moment, here are our top picks for all the black your wardrobe needs this summer.
If you like your fashion to be as whimsical as it is sophisticated, then Alice + Olivia needs to be on top of your ‘brands to add to your wardrobe’ list. Helmed by designer Stacey Bendet, the New York-based contemporary lifestyle brand started out with a ‘quest to create the perfect pair of pants’ and has now graduated to ready-made couture dresses, shoes, handbags and more. According to the designer, the label is aimed at women who want high fashion and couture-quality clothes at an affordable price. The label’s ‘mindful designs’ have found fans in celebrities from Angelina Jolie to Katy Perry.
Red carpet favourites Gauri and Nainika are all about old Hollywood glamour. The Delhi-based sisters draw from their love of European fashion and art and create designs that are intensely feminine and stay as far away from sharp silhouettes as Severus Snape does from shampoo. The duo cite Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly as their all-time inspiration and it’s evident in their ready-to-walk-the-red-carpet creations.
Malaika Arora Khan’s recently caused quite a stir with her brunch outing. Fans and blogs alike were driven into a state of frenzy, looking for the Deme by Gabriella ruffled crop top and skirt combo. The label’s founder, model-turned designer Gabriella Demetriades, is a votary of dressing up for casual occasions, a mantra that has found fans in celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.
We don’t know if Shraddha is lobbying to meet Gigi Hadid on her maiden tour of India or she's just another fan of the massively popular Tommy X Gigi collection that dropped earlier this year (complete with Gigi’s own Barbie, because why not?). The collection that has found a huge fan club in Bollywood is heavy on brand nostalgia, with classic Tommy Hilfiger elements (the logo and stripes are present throughout) reworked over swimwear, bohemian silhouettes and outerwear, all following a nautical theme.
When we were probably figuring out the intricacies of basic mathematics (or whatever seven-year-olds get up to), designer Zara Umrigar was sketching what would go on to become her label’s first collection. The Mumbai-based designer re-discovered her passion for all things fashion when she went to study at the London School of Economics and, self-admittedly, fell in love with London’s urban aesthetic. Her royal lineage, and her mother’s 30-year-old patronage and practice of traditional chikankari, has shaped her label’s vintage and classic design philosophy.