When Kareena is your muse…Bollywood gives fashion a boost

  • Aastha Atray Banan, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2015 11:02 IST


Bolly bling: Showstopper Kareena Kapoor Khan for Manish Malhotra Autumn/Winter 2014.

Watching Kareena Kapoor Khan on the ramp is like watching a version of her on the big screen. She preens and pouts and owns the runway just like she steals a scene in a film.

She is the perfect showstopper – dramatic and gorgeous. No wonder she’s been muse to designers like Manish Malhotra (she made her finale debut on the runway with his 2011 show), Rajesh Pratap Singh, Namrata Joshipura, and now Anamika Khanna. She’s closing Khanna’s show in Mumbai next week.

Kareena, 34, says working with designers has made her a better fashionista. "Over the years, they’ve each taught me the magic of versatility," she says. "Be it Namrata’s pop tints or the beautiful glossy drapes by Manish, it feels great knowing that I was instrumental in bringing these creations to life. They’ve helped me experiment and also identify and define my own style."

Kareena has had style moments of her own over the last few years. The young actress from movies like Ajnabee and Yaadein, who seemed to be looking for her style, found a glamorous and sexy avatar through her association with Manish Malhotra.

Remember her red bustier and bellbottoms in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham? Or carrying off loud colours and tawdry prints in Chameli? Or working the nerdy look in 3 Idiots?

In real life, Kareena has preferred denims or a Manish outfit of the moment, like the sheer pink sari she wore to Soha Ali Khan’s wedding in January. On the ramp, she’s carried off Manish’s sexy lehengas, Rajesh Pratap Singh’s space-age fierce black gown, and Kallol Datta’s edgy trench and tights.

"For me, style is about re-invention, understanding your body type, what you are comfortable in and allowing the garments and accessories to bring out the best in you," Kareena says.

Fashion critics say that a movie star takes focus away from the garment, but Kareena believes that fashion can never be bigger than the person. "Clothes, accessories and shoes are not the only things that contribute to a look, it’s your confidence and charisma that bring it to life. My mom and sister have pulled off garments [on and off screen] that most people today would never imagine wearing. It was only because of their personalities, right?"

Or perhaps, they, like Kareena, also have great fashion sense.

From HT Brunch, March 15

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