“I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear,” said legendary Hollywood actor Katharine Hepburn, and one of the biggest style rebels of her time.
The winners of our awards reflect the same philosophy of not conforming to trends but staying true to their innate, individualistic and ever so inspiring style.
There is a lesson to learn from each of these people on the winners list of Delhi’s Most Stylish 2015, sponsored by Audi Gurgaon and co-sponsored by Nikon. While our Bollywood stars inspire us with their trendsetting, unfading style, our winners from myriad walks of life teach us how to confidently turn fashion rules on their heads and follow our hearts when it comes to sartorial picks.
Here are the top style tips that we put together by observing their unique style. Get inspired people, and follow ‘your-type-of-fashion’!
1 Make florals fete-ready: Florals are not only for your day brunch. Gul Panag beautifully exemplified this at our event. In her graphic print floral dress, the actor-politician gave a quick style lesson to those who reserve flower power for daylight, and don’t let the evening get a taste of spring.
2 Think pastel to stand out: Why should red carpet be restricted to deep, dark, predictable shades? Stand out at a glam soirée by taking a cue from actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s look. Be the rebel by going pastel with your outfit, picking up shades such as mint, sea green powder pink and blue.
Socks+heels is not faux pas:
Being a true style icon means confidently challenging red carpet rules. Actor Priyanka Chopra did exactly that when she wore her ivory Jeffery Campbell pumps that come with a shimmery pair of ankle-length charcoal grey socks to match her sparkly Zoe Jordan dress. Absolute love!
4 One piece wonder: Lawyer and activist Niamat Bakshi tells you that when you wear a statement, sparkly dress, let it be the highlight of your look. To achieve this, go minimal on the accessories and styling. Pulled back hair, emerald and diamond earrings and a box clutch are enough to claim the night in style, the way Niamat does in her Roberto Cavalli number.
5 Kill predictability: We expected her to turn up in a beautiful sari, but the senior journalist surprised with her simple yet stunning choice. Wearing a grey kurti and breezy ethnic pants — a re-vitalized, modern sharara — topped with a dupatta, Nidhi Razdan gave us a true style lesson in going traditional without looking overwhelming.
6 Fuse desi with western: Twist rules and add a dash of desi to your glam dresses by teaming them with your traditional jewellery. We love how actor and TV anchor Mandira Bedi glammed up in a strapless gown paired with kundan jhumkas and a metallic minaudière. Think different, and be a winner!
7 Red carpet can be fun too: Effortless style has always been this actor’s trademark. Wearing a salt and pepper stubble with élan and offsetting the formal tone of the red carpet with a cool graphic tee and denims, Akshay Kumar taught us how to set our own rules and rock personalised, confident chic.
8 The swag of black: Our very own dark lord of fashion, designer Gaurav Gupta seldom dresses in any other hue but black and yet, he manages to stand out. Get inspired to go gothic for a formal do by opting for a multi-zipper dinner jacket instead of a button down. Pair with a printed tee and dhoti pants, and finish with a studded belt.
9 Go bold with colour block: Colour blocking is no job for a novice, and Rajiv Makhni is always at ease showing off his hue-high expertise. When we shot him for the trophy edition of the paper, the tech guru turned up in a pop jam of purple and yellow. Three cheers to Makhni for this style lesson!
10 Outdoorsy meets old world: A shirt with epaulette style shoulder straps is usually meant for outdoor activities. Motorbike modification artist Bobbee Singh puts debonair in outdoorsy attire by styling his safari shirt with a formal bow tie. A trim turban and his rugged charm complete the look.
Text: Shara Ashraf, Snigdha Ahuja, Arpita Kala, Aditi Caroli, Shruti Dargan & Abhinav Verma
Photo: Raajessh Kashyap, Manoj Verma, Mohammad Ahmad and Yogesh Sharma