Every year, we get together to celebrate style that is not only personal and unique, but style which has the power and potential to go down in history. At the sixth edition of Hindustan Times Most Stylish 2016, we applaud our winners, who combine sartorial expertise with a sense of achievement. The ceremony this time is not only bigger (and better!) but also aims to commemorate those who have succeeded in their professional domain and managed to make an impression on society.
Our ceremony, too, promises to be a glamour-high gala, with the most stylish from the Capital, coming together with Bollywood’s fashion forwards to celebrate. With an exclusive fashion show by ace designer Manish Malhotra and lots of other exciting things lined-up, it’s going to be a gala like no other. From Bollywood, music industry and fashion to crafts, arts and politics - our winners belong to every realm that you could imagine.
Join us in raising the toast to our winners:
No one can suit up better than Amitabh Bachchan. But that doesn’t mean he is any less an inspiration when it comes to ethnicwear. From elegant kurtas teamed with embroidered shawls to classic sherwanis, the superstar can pull off anything with panache. With his thick-rimmed glasses and signature French beard, Bachchan is the ultimate style icon for millions of fashion lovers.
Whether its crisp suits, classy bandhgalas or chequered shirts, the actor always turns out impeccably dressed. There is no one who can pull off a moustache as coolly as him. He has inspired many to break set fashion rules.
Be it the iconic polka-dotted, knotted top or the two-piece swimsuit, the actor boldly introduced Indian women to global fashion trends with the rule-bending outfits she wore in her films. Even today, she stands a class apart in her elegant drapes.
The ever so effervescent actor is quite a khiladi when it comes to fashion. Only a few can manage to look as good as him in denims, tees and beanies as well as suave fitted suits with pocket squares. His fans love his desi, rugged avatar and his chiselled physique, thanks to him being a fitness freak and his martial arts training.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan:
We can’t think of someone who can magically light up the screen as well as the red carpet like Aishwarya. The actor has represented the country at Cannes for the last 15 years with absolute finesse. She has the looks to rock everything- from elaborate gowns to traditional saris, with effortless élan.
Always suave and debonair, style for him is all about following his heart. Be it statement jackets, floral shirts or chic bandhgalas, Bachchan junior can make anything look chic. The actor tops it with his uber cool attitude that makes him an instant heartthrob wherever he goes.
Be it big labels or new designers, dramatic, voluminous gowns or power suits, this fashionista surely knows how to turn fashion rules on their heads. Her bold sartorial choices make her every bit the style diva that she is.
Her girl-next-door look and winning smile has the entire nation falling in love with her. The actor looks picture-perfect in her babydoll dresses, off-the-shoulder tops and athleisure outfits.
Her chic dressing sense and a dazzling smile make her an inspiration for countless fashionistas. From embellished gowns to quirky dresses, teamed with fun hairstlyes, the actor is always on top of her style game.
Her bold, chic sartorial picks and a figure to die for make her the ultimate style diva. Be it edgy cutout gowns or crop tops teamed with pencil skirts, the actor always manages to look stunning.
The actor’s style is fun, funky and uber-cool. From spiked hair to man buns, suiting up to casual dressing, this man can pull off any look. His quick wit and sense of humour makes him the heartthrob of many.
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan:
One of Bollywood’s most-loved couples, their individual style when clubbed together and topped with their sizzling chemistry, makes them picture perfect. Few couples can manage to look as stunning as Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan do when they pose hand in hand.
With its brigade of uber stylish actors, this film brings loads of fashion inspo for you to switch up your style! Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Sajid- Farhad, the film has an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri, Lisa Haydon, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Jackie Shroff, Chunkey Pandey and Samir Kochhar. Look out for the cast in fun and trendy outfits.
Bollywood’s favourite couturier who makes everyone look stunning in his creations, also makes sure that his personal style exudes the same sophistication. Be it chic dinner jackets for formal dos or classic shirts for the day, his style is always impeccable.
Yo Yo Honey Singh:
The rapper’s style is fun, funky and fearless. Be it his on-point edgy haircut, his cheery and stylish bright-hued suits or his combination of trademark graphic T-shirts and on-trend denims — he is a style icon for many young men. Plus, he is not afraid to experiment.
From glam dresses to fusion saris, the gorgeous singer carries off everything she wears with elan. She is never afraid to experiment and keeps her look refreshing and vibrant at every public sighting she makes.
The TV anchor and actor has a closet full of shoes that he calls his prized possession. Be it fun, casual tees or stylish tuxedos, he can rock everything with effortless grace.
The Most Stylish Men 2016
While fashion is something that can be borrowed and imitated, it’s impossible to replicate style. As we get ready to celebrate Hindustan Times Most Stylish 2016, let’s raise a toast to our winners — men who have an innate, unmatched style. From weaving magic with music to being an arts and craft revivalist — our winners belong to varied walks of life, and these are names to be reckoned with. Not only are our winners revered for their professional might, but also known for their classy demeanor, and signature style. Meet the city’s style gamechangers.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
There’s a sense of serenity inherent not only in the ace fashion designer’s demeanor, but also in his personal sense of style. While he wanted to pick pristine white from his collection for the shoot, we convinced him to go for a chequered blue suit which he carried off with effortless élan. He stands a class apart.
Photo: Manoj Verma/HT Styling: Akshay Kaushal
The Member of Parliament and BCCI honcho stands a class apart when it comes to style. Not only does he own a wardrobe that is an eclectic mix of crisp suits and ethnicwear, he is also a fashion champion when it comes to the little details. From pocket squares and on-trend jodhpuris to tan Derby shoes — his style exudes confidence.
Photo: Manoj Verma /Hindustan Times; Styling: Akshay Kaushal
The dynamic CEO of Prasar Bharati piloted the revival of Bengal’s indigenous Kantha embroidery in the 1980s and has been wearing them since then, with pride. For our shoot too, he showcased one such beauty, that represented his love for hand-crafted textiles and indigenous craft.
When it comes to boardroom-perfect style, one thinks of classy fish-mouth collars, designer tuxedos and crisp pinstriped shirts. President, IndiGo, Aditya Ghosh knows how to ace this very signature style, turning up in the best of formal chic. Well, you can also catch him off-duty in casual tees and a pair of denims — now that’s a style all-rounder.
Men in uniform have an inevitable charm that is hard to dismiss. Couple it with style that is also unmatched, and you have a winning combination at hand. Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Delhi Police, is a great example of doing fashion which is comfortable and yet statement-making. From bandhgala jackets and crisp suits to everyday oxford shirts — Verma is spiffy to a T. And, the cop is also quite popular on Twitter, with his fan following running into thousands.
The actor’s style is understated yet experimental. From being a casual style caper in tees and easy-fit denims to mixing it up with classic suits when the occasion calls for it — Kapoor always turns out spiffy. While he’s no novice to fashion, having walked down the runway for many designers, we love how his style is unassuming and classic.
Ayaan Ali Khan
He is known as much for his disarming smile, as he is for his musical prowess. The sarod player is super nifty when it comes to style — from minimalist ethnicwear for his concerts around the world to classy bandhgalas, dapper dinner jackets and charm to top it all — the man knows his fashion well.
The professional boxer looks as charming in crisp suits as he does in fusion ethnicwear. He believes in following his own unique style, which is comfortable and effortless.
The Most Stylish Women 2016
Here are Hindustan Times Most Stylish women of 2016, who seamlessly blend fashion prowess with a personality that inspires many. “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn,” said late American actor and writer, Orson Welles. This year, the winners of HT Most Stylish imbibe the same fashion philosophy of being not only fearless in what they choose to wear, but also exuding class and making a statement in their varied professional realms. Our winners are women who dare to do it differently. From kanjivarmas and luscious silks to daring cut-outs — these ladies are breaking set fashion rules and adding a big dose of style to the city.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal
The Union Cabinet Minister is known for sticking to beautiful pairs of salwar-kameez. Picking a range of cream colours and powder pastels, she always looks classy in her minimalistic fashion choices. She also offsets her ensembles with signature handbags, beautiful pearls, and statement cocktail rings.
Photo: Taras Taraporvala
The fashion photographer doesn’t only spin magic behind the camera, but can give any model a run for the money when she is in front of it. Her wardrobe is a mix of edgy seperates and that hair is a style chameleon that’ll give you major #beautygoals.
Photo: Manoj Verma/ Styling: Akshay Kaushal; Outfit: Meera & Muzaffar Ali
IPS and former Tihar Jail chief, Vimla Mehra, might be a tough task master, but her style is sombre and classic. Usually spotted in minimalist salwar-kameez, we love her vintage pearls and heritage jewellery. And of course, that smile adds a bright ray of sunshine to any attire she chooses to wear.
Naina de Bois-Juzan
Photo: Nayantara Parikh; Outfit: Raw Mango saree for OGAAN; Makeup: Deepti Jain Girotra
The soft-spoken restaurateur has a style that reflects her polished, and minimalist approach to fashion. While she brings in a whiff of Parisienne style, her stunning traditional drapes never fail to impress.
Meet the jury:
When you have to choose only a few names from an exhaustive list of nominations, you need a jury that doesn’t only understand style, but also possesses a lot of patience! This time around, our panel had FDCI President Sunil Sethi, noted designers Ritu Beri and Varun Bahl, VP Christian Dior Kalyani Chawla, Managing Editor CNBC-TV18 Shereen Bhan, and Sonal Kalra, National Editor — Entertainment & Lifestyle, Hindustan Times. Apart from all the note-taking and debates at the jury meeting, what couldn’t be missed was a stylish dose of fun and some smile-high candid clicks to raise a toast to the sixth edition of Hindustan Times Most Stylish.
Shereen Bhan: Style is not only about fashion. It’s also about integrity, confidence, achievement and the kind of change these people have been able to bring about. We looked at our winners from that lense.
Sunil Sethi: If they’ve got the style and they have the right attitude, the entire city comes together to celebrate it, and that’s what we do with our winners. These awards have become a landmark of sorts
Ritu Beri:While being a winner in the past was a great experience, now being on the judging panel just goes to show the evolution and growth of the event in itself. HT’s Most Stylish is really close to my heart
Kalyani Chawla: The awards bring together people from all walks of life. It’s not about looks, it’s about that dimension of edginess inherent in these winners. I am so proud to on the jury
Varun Bahl: It wasn’t easy to choose the final winners, because each of the nominee had a unique sense of style. But, I am happy that we managed to choose the best ones by the end of it all