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"Revolver Rani" screening

Kangana wore an Anju Modi creation right off the LFW 2014 runway. The long, ivory tunic with a  keyhole neckline, all-over print, and floral embellishment was worn over a powder-blue tulle skirt. I love her neutral makeup and hair delicately pinned up. However, I do wish she'd lose that giant satchel. For a screening of her own film, I doubt she needed to sneak in her own snacks. Am I right?

Final thoughts from IIFA

With all the green carpet events, a gown recap is a must! Holy plunging neckline, Bebo! Selecting another Armani design, Mrs. Pataudi ensured this one was memorable. I love this smokey eye + nude lip combo, but I do wish she'd worn a pair of sparklers - especially since her hair is pulled back.
Sri was a vision in de la Renta. This gown suited her perfectly. Elegant, age appropriate, and seemingly effortless. Golfclaps!
MAK was in her standard uniform of skin tight with cut-outs aplenty. Yawn. Kudos to Sonakshi for daring to be different in her mermaid-style gown. I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. Gauhar chose another structured gown for her final appearance. I quite liked the subtly shimmery, two-toned color of the gown, but not so much the bodice.

IIFA Magic of the Movies

*Update* Aditi wore a lux Payal Singhal lehenga to this event. This designer is fast becoming one of my favorites. She just does not disappoint. Here we've got the peekaboo midriff in an utterly classy design. Note to Padma: it's so much better when the ghagra is not worn with a low-rise! And the mega-watt Curio Cottage necklace added the right amount of sparkle to balance the embroidery on the ghagra and create visual interest up top. Per the designer, that gorgeous embroidery decorating the bottom of the ghagra is Moroccan jaali work.

More from IIFA

Vaani opted for classic black-and-white and handily avoided the dreaded cater-waiter lookalike trap. How did she manage this feat? Well, for starters, her tuxedo pants were high-waisted and had a tapered leg. But let's be honest. She got all the glam she needed from that plunging neckline in front and back.

"I Can't Make You Love Me" video launch

Piggy Chops was the belle of her own ball at her NYC music video launch. She wore a fun, fringy, eye-catching Tamara Mellon dress. The dress is alright (not one of PC's best by any stretch), but it serves its purpose as it's flirty and fun. Her hair's a little wonky - not quite sure what her team was going for, but it sort of looks like a style go awry and ending in it being piled rather unceremoniously on her head.

IIFA Magic of the Movies

Listen, Parineeti. I get that you are the young, fresh face of Bollywood. But this ensemble is a massive disappointment. Instead of rising to the occasion as some of your colleagues have admirably done, you just fell flat. The net and pleather accents cheapen rather than elevate the look. I do not like. At all.


After careful consideration, I must declare that my absolute favorite gown was Priyanka's gorgeous Monique Lhullier. I was absolutely hooked by the delicate champagne embellishment layered over a blush base. Stylistic 10 out of 10 for sure!

Peachy keen

IIFA showcased a pair of dueling divas, battling it out in a peach hue. I've gotta side with Dia's gown on this one. Pleats are so in right now! Y'all know how I feel about nude mesh paneling (off the ice, natch). I'm just not digging La Dixit's Sonaakshi Raj design. It puts me in my of a stage costume. And seeing as how she's posing on the green carpet and not twirling around on stage, it gets a thumbs down from me.

IIFA Magic of the Movies

What strikes me post about Bipasha's appearance at this IIFA event was not so much the sari (though it was lovely and unobjectionable), as it was the Amrapali earrings that perfectly accented the detail of her corset-style blouse.

IIFA Magic of the Movies

I am just not loving Sonakshi's choice of attire for this event. This design is a cross between a dress coat and a lab coat. Yuck. I think Ms. Sinha occasionally jumps out of her comfort zone (kudos), but sometimes the risk is just not worth it. I do want to point out that sympathy headaches aside, the sleek top knot works on Sonakshi's facial structure. Totally flattering here. Less so for Bebo IMHO.

IIFA Magic of the Movies

Kareena Kapoor Khan (aka Mrs. Pataudi) was totes elegant in Armani. As you'll see in another post, she wore two ensembles by the same designer, but the overall looks were markedly different. I would have preferred a red lip to that orange, and I felt her top knot was a little too severe. Just looking at the tightly pulled back 'do is giving me a sympathy headache. Face-framing tendrils and perhaps a little volume up top would have been helpful.


I wasn't a fan of Bips's IIFA Rocks styling - I took particular issue with the choice of hair style. But she was sleek on her next outting. Her slinky Rocky S gown was edgy, and her blow-out accentuated her look perfectly.


Deepika's Sabyasachi ensemble was my favorite desi look from all of IIFA. Yes. I love it that much. But I have to say that Dia's ombre pink version was a very close #2 . I wish I could say as much about the haywire curls though.


DPads was in her element, basking in fan praise and racking up the awards at IIFA. She wore a red Zuhair Murad lace gown that managed to walk the line between daring and risque. I'm not a fan of the net panels on the bottom portion of the gown, but all in all, Deepika carries it off well (though a pair of earrings would have been nice).
My personal favorite of Deepika's IIFA looks was definitely her gold Sabyasachi gown. Gorgeous, and befitting a megastar. The amount of detail on this dress is breathtaking. Love it.

Rouble Nagi Art Foundation exhibition

Sonam gracefully added a bit of star power to this event in a black-and-white sari that was both "out there" and classic, at the same time. While not a huge fan of the shredded detail (it's a little too reminiscent of '80s grunge tees), it does come together nicely here. I'm also not normally a fan of this style of sari drape, but I suppose in this case, it's necessary to showcase the shredded detailing. The very Sonam braided up-do was a nice touch as loose, flowy hair would have been far too distracting.

"Revolver Rani" promotions

Kangana was busy promoting her newest film wearing a Masaba midi-dress with fun cut-out detail. I like her no muss, no fuss look. The nude accessories allowed the dress to take center stage.

IIFA Rocks 2014

IIFA 2014 in Tampa Bay (what what, FL!) kicked off with the IIFA Rocks bash. Celebs sported a wide variety of looks for the event. Gauhar brought her A game in a floor length, muddy yellow Gauri and Nainika gown. While she certainly was sleek and pulled together, her overall look struck me as a little too structured and stiff for this particular event.

Bipasha wore a daring Gaurav Gupta gown. I think it was in keeping with the IIFA Rocks vibe. But I must say that I was utterly mystified by her curly faux bob with the flat ironed bangs. Why?!?!
I thought Piggy Chops's style was right on the money. No doubt about it. She struck the right balance between edgy and fresh in her Prabal Gurung design. Bold and colorful as it was, she rightly kept hair, makeup, and accessories to a minimum.

Brooklyn Artists Ball

We're so used to seeing Ms. Padma as the host of TV's "Top Chef", it may slip our minds that she was first, and foremost, a model. Well, her appearance at the Ball jolted the memory of Padma's modeling days. Holy insanely tight abs!
Now as for her look, overall, it's not working. I'm digging the so-now crop tops with the longish sleeves. However, my personal preference is for the crop top to be paired with bottoms with a higher rise such that only a sliver of skin is exposed. Clearly, Padma subscribes to the "go big or go home" approach. She paired her crop top with a maxi skirt (also by Payal Singhal) slung ultra-low on her hips. This resulted in a maximum swath of super-fit-abs exposed. I get that she must be proud of her fit body. She's had a baby, so we know she's put in effort. However, this look is just way too overexposed IMHO.

Education Boutique 2014 launch

At first blush, Soha looked chic at this event. A closely tailored dress in an on trend color? What's not to like, right? Wrong. She went all matchtastic with those suede pumps. Black accessories. Swap in black heels and a black box clutch, and this would've been a great look for Soha. Also, I get that it's probably crazy hot in Mumbai at this time of the year, but if you're going for a body-skimming dress in that heat, and in an unforgiving royal blue, then you better be toting dress shields in your clutch, because as Soha clearly demonstrates below, half-moons flatter no one.

More from Swades Foundation fundraiser

La Shetty was uncharacteristically blah in her columnar style dress. Something is amiss with the bodice of the dress - a touch too Madonna circa-"Vogue" if you know what I mean. Which is a shame, because the embroidery and the color are really quite lovely.

Sporty much?

I love Konkona's vast collection of handloom saris as much as the next person. But pairing this gorgeous sari with what appears to be a rashguard? Inventive? Yes. Best use of a rashguard? I don't think so. Save it for the pool, lady.
Meanwhile, I know we're all excited for the warmer weather, but come on, Sussanne. Attending the grand opening of the Pearl Academy's Mumbai campus in tennis whites? Honestly? I'm glad you hit the courts in the morning, but please do consider wearing an actual outfit next time you launch something or the other.

Swades Foundation charity auction fundraiser

I believe the Vikram Phadnis designs worn by celebrities at this event were auctioned off in support of the Swades Foundation. Lucky us! There were many gorgeous pieces to ogle over.
Best in Sari
Bips' sari is quite stunning. The midnight blue brocade and red blouse pairs nicely with the shimmery confection of a sari. You know how I adore booti work. Only issue I had was that the biggish curls distracted from the sari itself.  A sleeker style, or an elegant chignon would've been much better. Ms. Vidya was elegant as ever in a mustard-navy blue combo. Her up-do with a few loose ringlets and coral lip accentuated the sari beautifully.
Best of the Rest
 Hands down, my fave was Neha's design. Possibly because it stood out the most from the other Phadnis creations in its black base color. I love her gold brocade blouse and the velvet trim on the flowy ghagra was a nice touch. The rest of the pack consisted of heavily net ghagras, with lots of gold and sequined embellishment. Mehr…

Grand Trunk Show

Elli Avram chose a brightly colored sharara for the event. I don't care for these colors together, but I do enjoy the occasional sharara-spotting. It seems starlets often shy away from it due to the modesty factor; can't very well overexpose oneself in a sharara.

"Samrat & Co." music launch

No. Just no. The bejeweled corset, flouncy mini-skirt, two-tone pumps, shiny stockings, and belly button peeking out, are just not working for Madalasa. Here's hoping she uses her earnings from her first film to hire herself a stylist.

Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

We've recently spotted Genelia and Sonakshi wearing iterations of what appears to be a favorite concept for Shantanu & Nikhil at the moment. That concept being head-to-toe burgundy. Dia sported a third look within this concept, and methinks hers is the most wearable and flattering of the three versions. Firstly, this look is fitted (while Genelia and Sonakshi were almost drowning in theirs), and the tea-length keeps it classy. The deal breakers for Ms. Mirza are that she opted to wear a burgundy lip and matching kitten heels. That's a whole lot of burgundy, I'd say!

Mayyur Girotra's store launch

A number of celebs popped by Mayyur Girotra's grand opening event. Lolo and Amrita R. stood out in the designer's own creations. Lolo, as expected, was absolutely spot on perfection. The design she wore was elegant, with lovely embroidered panels that only accentuated Ms. Kapoor's svelte figure. Her elegant, slightly retro hair and smokey eyes rounded out her look. Amrita had a pretty good outing as well. Her vibe was punchy and young. Given the voluminousness of her skirt, I do wish the hemline was a smidge shorter. Also, I could do with another choice of footwear. The office-worthy peep toes were a real snoozefest.

Satyug Gold launch party

I love the pale gold and baby pink of this two-tone sari from Manish Malhotra's "Mijwan" collection. The ivory thread embellishment pops against the pink. I'm also a big fan of the blouse style - a bit of a boatneck in front, with a traditional scoop neck in back. Excellent coverage without an ounce of dowdiness. 

"Gulaab Gang" premiere

I so wish I could ban this footwear from Juhi's closet. Not all feet are meant for kohlapuri wedges. Juhi's chudidaar kurta is sacchrine-sweet. The rosettes being an obvious ode to the film, and perhaps a wink at the audience since her character is not-so-sweet. La Dixit's floor-length anarkali is fairly standard fare for the diva. A statement necklace would have been nice though, as the neckline of this one isn't mega-embellished itself.

Desipolitan has crossed over to the dark side

I'm referring to Pinterest, of course. You'll notice that I've enabled pin-it buttons on my images to help fuel your addiction to Pinterest. Additionally, I've put together a number of boards you might want to check out (all you dulhans might want to take a peek at my Shaadi Story board for a little Bolly-style wedding inspiration). I've also added an easy link to my side bar if you'd like to follow me on Pinterest.


More from "Men for Mijwan"

Mmes Jaya and Shabana made an ever-so chic appearance. Together, they presented such a wonderful contrast. Jaya went the chikan salwaar suit route that she often favors, and went all cream and beige. Shabana, went the total opposite route, in a boldly colorful Manish Malhotra sari. Lovely.
And I would be remiss in concluding my posts on this most worthy event without at least one photo including the men behind "Men for Mijwan". Here you go then:

Freida Pinto for Free People

While resident glam doll Priyanka is the new face of GUESS, famously laid back Freida is featured in Free People's seriously stunning print ads as well as appearing in Free People's short film "Rangeen". I think they couldn't have picked a better rep for their boho vibe than this natural beauty. Beachy waves, barely there makeup, gorgeous complexion. Freida's perfect in her latest role!
Do check out the film, by the way. It's short, sweet, and visually stunning (ahem, I'm talking about the locale, people, not Freida's hottie co-star, Thomas Bull).

"Fugly" trailer launch

Ashvini looked every bit the boho artiste at the launch of her production house's forthcoming venture. She completed her breezy look with chappals and chunky jewelry. Hell, she could've been wearing a potato sack, but she had me at analogous color. I adore the magenta-red combo - you'd think they'd clash, but they don't!

Femina Miss India 2014

At first glance, I wasn't sure what to make of this faux-sari design. But it seems like Malhotra was riffing several traditional styles and melding them into one design (with questionable success IMHO). What we've got here, is a lehenga/sari incorporating the Sri Lankan style of sari draping (Kandyan/Osaria) by adding a layer of material around the waist. I like his use of several different styles here, however, I would have liked to see more detail work. It seems a bit drab.
For those of you unfamiliar with Kandyan saris, here's a look at a traditional Sri Lankan drape.
Malaika was in classic form in a skin-tight number. Cut-outs in back and in front? Check. And check. The mock neck and long sleeves balance out the cut-outs. My only quibble? Lose the headband. A headband + ballerina bun? It's a tired look and doesn't complement the sizzle quotient of her gown.