‘Aisha’ – A Fashion-Savvy Watch

I went to watch ‘Aisha’ the same day it released in the UAE. Now I am not much of a movie buff when it comes to Bollywood, but after watching the trailer for this movie, I just could not resist! I’m not crazy about Sonam Kapoor, nor did I go for the fact that ‘Aisha’ is supposed to be an adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. (Austen is Austen, how much better could a Bollywood version of it be better than the original? I mean, come on!) I went for the fashion, the amazing wardrobe, the gorgeous styling, and to see whether a Bollywood movie could actually pull off Dior!

Let’s just talk about the movie here, without going to the styling yet, which is hard to do since the clothes were SUCH a huge part of every single scene. It’s not Stratford-upon-Avon stuff but it was a light watch without any garish dancing-around-trees song sequences or any melodramatic and exaggerated dialogue. Sonam Kapoor was alright, it was an average sort of role that did not require any tremendous display of actings kills and she was so-so; it was the supporting cast that stole the show, the three friends, Abhay Deol, and even the super-hot Lisa Haydon acted better than what their character required.

Back to the clothes.

Formalwear that oozes casual, who wouldn't want to go to work in these?

Abhay’s wardrobe in the entire movie screamed Wall Street, just look at that slick skinny tie!  From Valentino to Hugo Boss, he stayed suited up the whole time, and my, what a sight for sore eyes he was! Each and every piece was cut to perfection, and suited his lean frame incredibly well. Sigh.  Now let’s get to what Sonam’s wearing.  The first thing you notice is how the bright blue of the linen shorts contrasts with the white, and this is a great way to add a splash of colour to a typically dull formal-white-shirt-and-trousers combo. Is that a pink snakeskin belt I see? The comb hairband looks neat and can cure any bad hair day, and what’s NOT to love about that Chanel bag!

I just can't get enough of Abhay in a suit, and lookie there, I own that very same headband!

How amazing does that suit look? Wow. The dull beige of the suit should clash with the darker beige of the tie, but they both complement each other surprisingly well, and those dimples could melt a glacier. Sonam’s wearing a vintage Chanel suit here, which according to Pernia Qureshi (the stylist of the movie), was rather difficult to obtain; hanging blissfully off her shoulder is, once again, a classic Chanel bag. On her head is an adorable black-bow headband, one of which I own as well; not many people can do headbands but Sonam is one of the lucky few and throughout the movie, her headbands look uber chic. The monochrome Chanel suit actually looks a lot like a modern Marc Jacobs creation, but nonetheless, I went green with envy went Sonam strutted across the screen in this. Chanel + vintage + headband = MY DREAM COME TRUE!

This looks like a still out of Gossip Girl!

Black and white, always a winning combination! Is it just me or is Sonam Kapoor dressed up a lot like Leighton Meester’s on-screen persona, Blair Waldorf? Even so, I think Sonam does justice to the look: the dress is just the right length and the shoulder detail of black ruffles is bang on trend, the black beret is quite Parisienne, and the big black shades and are the perfect accessory. The black Lady Dior bag is a collector’s item, on top of my list along with the Birkin bag, and I honestly wish I had Anil Kapoor as a dad to produce my film JUST so I could have this bag! The only problem I have with Sonam’s outfit are the black pumps, a pair of black Loubs would have looked soooo much better, but nonetheless, the overall look is still top-notch. Her friend on the side is also pretty trendy: she’s wearing a Manish Arora Mickey Mouse warrior top and those fierce shoulders remind me of Balmain’s 2009 fall collection. It’s been paired here with short shorts and knee high boots, and looks like something I’d see in a couture show. Nice!

This is SO Blair

Okay I included this picture of Sonam JUST to prove a point. In interviews, she’s denied that the styling of Blair Waldorf had anything to do with her look in Aisha, and I find that reallyyyyyy hard to believe. Here, she’s dressed in what looks like a gunmetal March Jacobs dress, paired with a white bow waist belt (which I own in purple, thank you very much), heart-shaped sunnies and a bright pink chain bag. Does anyone recall Blair and Serena’s photoshoot at the very beginning of the show for Eleanor Waldorf’s collection? I think it was in Season 1 (Episode 4) and the two girls decided to model the outfits together. This pose is SO similar to one of Blair’s that I was taken aback that it wasn’t actually her, but Sonam Kapoor, so kudos to Sonam for perfecting the look so well.

All in all, this was a Bollywood movie that stands apart from all others, simply because this is one of the very first of its kinds: an Indian movie that actually takes the importance of good styling into account! It features clothes not just from established fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior but also relatively new ones like Acme and Marc Jacobs; lace, ruffles, pearls, suits, sarees, the movie has it all! Of course, I loved it a lil bit more just because so many of the clothes are of the sort that are in my own closet downstairs, hehe. A little heads up to the rest of the over-the-top producers in Bollywood: watch and learn from ‘Aisha’, and use more of your production budget when it comes to wardrobe! I definitely got my money’s worth from it: the couture, the headbands, the designer bags and of course, Abhay’s cute-as-buttons dimples.

P.S: This movie is a statement for the amazing style make-over Sonam Kapoor has had over the years. When she started off with ‘Saawariya’, she was a nobody who dressed in Anarkalis and lehenga-cholis. A couple of years later, she discovered personal stylist and TA-DA! She is now a fashion force to be reckoned with; just goes to show you that clothes do make the person.

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Shoe Love

I love shoes. I know they’re common objects of affection for women but it’s hardly surprising.  The right pair of shoes can make or break an outfit and all of us, yes even the guys, crave to have a walk-in closet solely for the sake of housing our unlimited pairs of designer foot candy. 

Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Alexander Birman, the list truly is endless, just as the number of zeros in the price tags.  Although each and every show creation is fabulous and oh so fashion savvy, here are some of my favourites:

Heels made to kill by Christian Louboutin

Lets start with a pair that’s really out there.  These fierce heels designed by Christian Louboutin were actually part of the Rodarte Fall collection in 2008.  Here they are worn by Victoria Bekham, the ultimate queen of super-high heels, who actually looks quite calm walking in these despite the fact that her toes are all squished.  I love these because they are outlandish and they scream aggression, just look at how the bright crimson sole clashes with the shine of metallic gold!  They are definitely not a pair that just anyone would want to wear, let alone carry off or even afford to buy!

Stunning an sophisticated, the rose pump by Valentino.

After the previous shoe, this one looks quite sober in comparison.  Yet, it’s not dull or boring, but rather elegant, classy and still quite stylish.  Designed by the house of Valentino, this sleek heel is the perfect evening companion; wear it with an LBD or a startling red taffeta gown, and you’ve got yourself an outfit that will wow them all.  The look of the shoe is modern yet also undeniably classic and sophisticated, and the trademark rose of Valentino gives it an extra oomph.

The shoe that's captured many hearts, the satin blue pump by Manolo Blahnik

 I am sure all the girls, and maybe some of the menfolk, will recognise this shoe right away.  It’s the one that Mr Big proposed to Carrie with in the SATC movie, the shoe that brilliantly lit up the whole all-white custom-made shoe closet that Carrie had gotten built.  Sigh, I was so full of envy during that scene.  Sarah Jessica Parker, and her on-screen persona, Carrie Bradshaw, is known for her love of Manolo Blahniks and it’s easy to see why.  I just adore the colour of this, the electric blue is blight but not hurtful to the eye, and the intricate embellishment adds sophistication and baances out the bright bue.  Wear it with a dressed down outfit in pale colours, or better yet, make it your ‘something blue’ on your wedding day, and your feet will be a sight for sore eyes.

Lace has made it big the past couple of seasons and this Jimmy Choo shoe proves that.

 Think vintage.  Think gothic.  What do you picture?  I am sure this shoe will not be first on your list, and it’s for that reason that it’s on mine.  The Faye Lace Pump by Jimmy Choo is not an ordinary buy; for one thing, it’s definitely not something you can pair with any old outfit.  This is a shoe that must be worn with care, after great reflection on the outfit so that it doesn’t overpower the shoe.  I love this for the burlesque feel it has to it; Ican easily imagine someone like Dita von Teese wearing this with a pomegranate-red corset dress and pulling it off with great flair. The lace is extremely feminine, and only the truly daring would combine it with a masculine outfit of cropped pants and a boyfriend blazer.

These were just a handful of some of my favourite shoes, I haven’t even gotten to boots or flats yet!