BY ASHIMA SETHI
In the May 2019 issue of Masala Lite, we recapped the fashion blunders spotted during this year’s first few award shows. Now, we’re back with a vengeance with our pick of sartorial sins from Bollywood’s most recent red carpets.
1. For the Vogue Women of the Year Awards red carpet, Janhvi Kapoor donned a bright red gown by Basil Soda, which she paired with statement rings from Kohinoor Jewellers, and gold heels complete with butterfly wings from Sophia Webster. As a whole, the look is just too much from the rope straps and cape, to the high slit and weird mess of fabric hanging in-between her legs. Does someone want to let Janhvi know that it is possible to look sexy without showing skin? Or should I?
2. If you’ve read my previous articles, you’d know that I have a soft spot for Ranveer Singh’s eclectic fashion choices. However, the get-up that he wore to IIFA 2019 was a bit too…explosive…even for me. The actor wore a patterned grey suit by Moschino that features a large swath of satin penetrating the front of his jacket, almost making it look like he got stabbed using one of his wife’s couture dupattas. Combine the dramatic suit with the bold shoes, metal cane and oversized sunglasses by Carrera, and you’ve got an outfit that’s just too over the top.
3. Trust me when I say I appreciate when celebrities choose to dress down or wear affordable outfits on the red carpet, but at this year’s MAMI Movie Mela, Alia Bhatt’s frilled off-shoulder leather top by Osman Studio and jewelled black jeans from Topshop just missed the mark. So what’s my biggest issue with it? Well neither top nor bottom looks like it fits well, resulting in a Alia looking more like a frumpy mess and less of her usual elegant self.
4. During an appearance at the Vogue Women of the Year Awards, Sonali Bendre wore an ultra-shimmery cold shoulder dress by Mary Katrantzou, which, if I can be frank, gives off a similar aesthetic to the crumpled tin foil you’d use to wrap some rotis for lunch. Yikes! Not only is the fabric just too much, the silhouette with particular focus on the arms, makes Sonali look much larger than she actually is, and the choice of high heels with bronze accents just looks mismatched.
5. At the GQ Men of the Year Awards, I think Kriti Kharbanda got confused with the dress code (trying to channel a masculine silhouette perhaps?). The actor wore what is described as a ‘Skirt Suit’ by Starch the Label, comprising of a long striped see through skirt, a buttoned up suit jacket, and a frilly scarf that matched whatever was peeping out of her sleeves. The pieces would probably work fine individually (especially if the jacket was paired with literally anything but this skirt). However, put together and the top half looks like it was styled by one person and the second half by another!
6. Okay so…the last suit we talked about might’ve been a bit of a hit or miss, but at least Kriti remembered her bottoms! At the Vogue Beauty Awards, Shibani Dandekar graced the red carpet in a pale pink blazer styled as a dress together with a pair of dramatic slouchy thigh-high boots by Azima Toppo, and not much else. The oversized nature of both pieces just drowns Shibani in far too much fabric, making her bear resemblance to a primary-schooler trying on her older siblings’ clothes behind their backs. Oops. Better luck next time.
7. At IIFA 2019, Urvashi Rautela was a sight (and I don’t mean this in a good way) in this nude and white couture gown by Dar Sara that was embellished with feathers, crystals, a cascading train, and who can forget to mention the giant eyesore of a rose (or is it just a bunch of pencil shavings crafted together?) sitting on her hip. Now I’m not the trendiest person in the world, but even I know that it’s often best to do one thing simply, and do it well, than try to hit all of the year’s trends in one go.