Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Unhappily Ever After.

Despite a lavish ceremony in Rajasthan four years ago, it appears that Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar have called it quits. I had no idea until I saw this pic of Liz with her new beau Australian cricketer Shane Warne at the Jaipur International airport. I'm not writing this bit to speculate about the divorce - c'est la vie right guys? I did want to comment on Liz's casual yet chic airport style. Definitely replicable - particularly in the warm climate of Rajasthan! I always find it amusing when celebs wear towering, uncomfortable heels et all at the airport. Photo: splash news online via People.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cover Story: Karisma Kapoor.

Karisma K. graced the 9th Anniversary edition cover of L'Officiel in a bold Roberto Cavalli number. Methinks the stylist of this shoot really bombed this one. The makeup is fine though I would have preferred to see a bolder smokey eye. It's the OTT use of faux hair that ruins the look. I suspect that Piggy Chops may have influenced the excessive use of extensions here. It's a real shame as the extensions totally ruin what would have otherwise been a striking cover. Photo: getty.

Royal Ruckus.

I really love London and British history is fascinating so of course I love hearing anything about the Royals. In anticpation of the nuptials of Wills and Kate, I was perusing photographs of another royal fashion icon (no, not Queen Elizabeth), the late Princess Di. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I came across this lovely photograph of Diana in a salwaar kameez. She wore this ivory suit with delicate beadwork (a gift from friend Jemima Khan - former missus of Imran) at a 1996 benefit in London. Just goes to show you - fashionable people generally have taste that is refined across all types of attire and always, always ooze confidence. Photo: uppa-ipol/globe.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Long and Short of It.

At the Forevermark jewellry launch, Rani draped herself in way too much blue fabric for her petite frame. It truly overwhelms her shape and does her absolutely no favors. Also, this designer OD'ed on draping techniques. The result? A wholly unflattering look. On the other hand, MAK attended an Anmol event in cute color block which I like. I do think her dress would look better with a little more length though. How good would it look as a maxi?! Listen, M, we know you are in fabulous shape. It is truly incredible. Kudos to you. But do you really need to use every single opportunity to flaunt that? Photos: getty.

Yee Haw.

One look at Abhi Baby promoting Dum Maro Dum and all I can think is "yikes". I thought the velvet jackets were bad, but this? A Texas Tuxedo? Really? Gah. Photo: getty.

Spring Has Sprung.

While making a book tour stop in Beverly Hills, Gwynnie brought a little sunshine to her neighborhood Williams Sonoma. Love the punchy, satin Rachel Roy sheath. I think this sunny hue is a bit of a departure for her, but she wears it well. Those killer heels add a dramatic, rockstar finish to a relatively demure dress.Photo: job kopaloff/filmmagic via InStyle.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Style Rut? No Complaints Here!

I love the 3/4 sleeve sari blouses Vidya's been sporting of late. Her slew of appearances (like this one, at the Melbourne Indian Film Festival) are reminiscent of her past anarkali obsession. But with saris this gorgeous, who can complain? Not me! I do, however, have lukewarm feelings regarding her crimped hair. I'm not convinced it's doing anything to add to her look. While I appreciate her attempt at livening things up, crimped hair isn't doing the trick. Photos: filmicafe.

Mad Hatter.

With the royal mega-wedding mere days away, it's hard not to notice the impact fashionable Kate is already having on global fashions. The Brit royals have long had a fetish for fascinators and toppers bordering on the well...mad. However, it is Kate who is influencing a slew of interest in the oft-ignored accessory: the hat. Piggy appears to be channeling Kate's appearance for William's induction into the Order of the Garter. I think Piggy's attire at a promotional event for 7 Khoon Maaf is deliberately giving off a funereal vibe given the film's title. You like? I think it's a good first time effort for Piggy Chops, however it is quite tame with its black on black coordination. And that topper is not exactly whimsical. For that, we can check out - who else? - princess-to-be Kate at a couple of weddings. Fascinators are fully intended to be fantastical with pieces designed to flutter about madly at the slightest provocation. Thus, they are not for the shy, wallflower type personality. As Kate ably demonstrates, you have to own the piece in order to avoid being overpowered by it.Photos: getty, mark stewart/camera press/retna, tim graham/getty.

Smokin' Hot.

Lately, that term is particularly apt for Bebo. At a recent Stardust cover unveiling, she proved that diamonds are always a perfect accent for a bold color. And at Imran's wedding, I didn't love her tube top blouse, but I loved the delicate crystal beading on her sari. The emerald chandelier earrings were a nice touch with a black sari.Photos: getty.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

YBTJ: Peacock Edition.

A rather unlikely animal print to be spotted lately on Bolly-town celebs, this plumage has evidently elbowed out the far more common leopard print. MAK was draped the beautiful blue-green at a Gillette event, while Celina wore her's at the Jashn's calendar launch. Hands down Malaika on this one! The strapless, maxi style perfectly suits this print. Her low key hair and makeup also support the choice of a loud print. Peacock is a beautiful but very bold print so you have to dose it carefully otherwise you wind up in OTT territory a la Celina. In addition to her usual heavy-handed makeup and the overall busyness of the pattern plus contrasting border, her pallu is depicting some "Krishna among the Gopis" scene. Celina, it's a sari not a fresco. Photo:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Family Feud.

This one pits Amu and Shakeel versus MAK and Arbaaz. Attending a polo match at Mahalakshmi Race Course, who do you think captures the right look for a polo match? Now, the men totally cancel one another out. I mean perhaps Shakeel is a smidge better because he's at least tucked in his shirt. However, even he looks more suited to a night out rather than a day event at a race course. As far as the ladies go, I'm going to side with Amu on this one! MAK is just too va va voom for a polo match. However, IMHO, both could take a cue from the ever-fashionable Kate Middleton on how to dress for a polo match. Dark denims paired with espadrille wedges, a floaty top and fitted jacket create a casual ensemble that is at once comfortable enough for an outdoor match yet does not sacrifice on stylishness.Photos: prashant jadhav.David Hartley/REX

Jai Ho!

Congratulations, Team India on a match well-played. The Men in Blue defeated Sri Lanka on Saturday in the ICC Cricket World Cup final. It's Team India's first time winning the World Cup in something like 28 years! PZ was of course in attendance - I think she wins the award for most dedicated supporter. Even while watching a match and decked out in tiranga colors, the woman still looks chic. Photo: reuters.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Top Down Disaster.

We haven't had one of these in a while! Geeta Basra gets to do the (dubious) honors. At the Anabelle Varma album release, Geeta's hair and shades were fine. Her frock, uninteresting but cute nonetheless. But those opaque, not-quite-nude tights?! Gawd. Stop channeling the '80s. As I feel I've said at least 10,000 times before, that era of big poofy hair, garish makeup, shoulder pads, and over-abuse of tights is o-v-e-r. Let it go. Furthermore, those Robin Hood boots aren't working either. Black tights and chunky platforms would have worked much better IMHO. Photo: getty.

YBTJ: Green Goddess Edition.

Ok yes, I am hungry. Hence the titular reference to a yummy dipping sauce. But I promise, I will make a non-food connection with it. At the Imran-Avantika nuptials, shades of green were aplenty. Who do you think looked positively delish in green? Gracy, Rani or Gul? My vote goes to Gracy for most tasteful color combination. Rani was just far too dull, and Gul teetered dangerously close into Statute of Liberty territory. Photos: bollywoodhungama.