Sex And The City 2 is out, and Carrie Bradshaw’s killer wardrobe already has fashion freaks fainting with envy. But one Bollywood star might give the famed shoe maven a run for her money.
A self-confessed shoe junkie, actress Celina Jaitly recently tweeted that her shoe collection had grown to 1,300 shoes. Eat that, Carrie! “I have a shoe fetish, I’m addicted to buying them,” she reveals. “My mom says that when I was a baby, I would purposely lose one shoe so that my parents were forced to buy me another pair.”
Teenage crush Jaitly’s early turn as a fashionista saw her with an enviable shoe collection that would have driven her teenage friends wild with jealousy. “As a teenager, I had about 90 pairs of shoes. I’d ask my father not to waste money buying me clothes. He said, ‘Ok, I’ll buy you shoes, but what will you wear with them?’”
Since the age of 17, Jaitly’s dreamed of having a room full of shoes, and the first apartment she bought was quickly converted into a Sex And The City- style heel haven. “The first thing I did with my apartment was fill one entire room with shelves for my shoes,” she says, adding sheepishly, “Though I have about 1,300 pairs, I only wear about eight pairs often.”
Stuck on sneakers Contrary to her glam-doll image, Jaitly insists that her sneakers win over her heels. “I love wearing sneakers with T-shirts and jeans. I treasure my gold sequined pair from Guess… it gets maximum attention from the boys,” she grins. While sequined sneakers may top her list of favourites, stiletto pumps don’t fall far behind.
“I love corduroy pumps because they work well with Mumbai’s climate. I have a huge collection of pumps, including some hand-painted and swarovski-laden ones. I recently picked up a pair in Philippines with a wooden heel, which has carvings of flowers on it. I’m waiting to wear them at the next Fashion Week,” she laughs.
Though a lover of boots herself, Jaitly agrees that anyone who wears them in Mumbai has got to be nuts. “I’ve lived most of my life in the hills, and now I travel to Europe a lot, which has the perfect weather for me to show off my boots. But never in Mumbai,” she confirms. The best place to pick up a pair according to her? “Cape Town, South Africa,” comes the reply.
Jaitly’s obsession with shoes reached its zenith when she was recently shooting in Canada. “I was shooting for Anees Bazmi’s film, Thank You, and had to buy painkillers for two root canals that were hurting me. When I reached the pharmacy, I spotted a shoe store opposite. I forgot about my pain and emerged 14 shoes richer. It was only when I was going to sleep that I remembered the pain. I told myself, ‘Celina, you’ve really gone crazy now,’” she laughs as she recalls.
So how effective is this shoe therapy? “Shoes are not only good for my feet, they are good for my head too,” she insists. “Whenever I buy a pair of shoes, I instantly feel happier.”
and the others are...
400: With shoes from brands like Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Brian Atwood, Lara Dutta is a self-confessed ‘heels’ girl
80: Priyanka Chopra may have fewer shoes than her celebrity friends, but she’s the only Indian actress to have a Salvatore Ferragamo shoe made in her honour.
Closet full: Kareena Kapoor says being a ‘shoe lady’ is more elegant than being a ‘bag lady’. She has different shoes for casual and formal events, and for the gym.
150: You can rely on fashion icon Malaika Arora Khan to have an enviable collection of heels, with brands like Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin taking top spots. “I love them all,” she gushes.
Obsessed with fashion
While shoes seem to top the list of celebrity fashion obsessions, bags, watches… even lingerie are some of the other objects of fancy that stars like Saif Ali Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar splurge on.
Shah Rukh Khan recently admitted in a men’s fashion magazine that he has over 200 white T-shirts and black jackets. Top that with his collection of 222 blue jeans.
According to his pal, Karan Johar, the superstar is so obsessed with jeans, that he has one from every brand. “He gets very fussy if jeans don’t fit well, which is why I never buy him jeans,” says Johar. Johar himself has an accessory obsession and admits he can’t stop picking up Louis Vuitton bags.
Saif Ali Khan is passionate about timepieces and at a recent shoot for a fashion magazine, the stylist made sure that every photo had the star sporting a fancy watch.
Imran Khan loves his ties and says he never throws any of the old ones away because he “has a strange affinity towards them. I collect ties and Converse All-Star shoes and both make an amazing style statement when paired with jeans and a T-shirt”.
Fitness-freak Akshay Kumar reputedly has a sneaker fetish and is supposed to own limited edition pairs from all major brands.
Gul Panag used to be so obsessed with lingerie, that she claims ownership to more than 85 pairs from high-end brands like La Perla, Agent Provocateur and Elle Macpherson, along with more affordable names like Panache and Knickerbox. “Though I’m now getting out of this obsession, there was a time when I would make a beeline for the lingerie department every time I went abroad. I’m a bit of an odd size, so I would always be on the search for the right fit,” she reveals.
“The great thing about lingerie is that they last really long.” Panag admits that she loves colours and picks her lingerie depending on her mood. “Sometimes, if I’m feeling sexy, I’ll put on some hot lingerie, though it’s just for myself,” she laughs.