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B’wood’s sari soiree

fashion and trends Updated: May 08, 2011 02:03 IST
Roma Arora
Roma Arora
Hindustan Times
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When some of the hottest babes in Bollywood decided to take the sari route for their public appearances earlier this week, we couldn’t help but take note of their signature sari styles. From breezy chiffon in summer friendly hues to ornate net and embroidery that looked a little iffy in this hot weather, the Bollywood brigade both impressed and distressed us in their ethnic look.

Designer and stylist Manjaree Jindal says, “It’s refreshing to see so many young celebs endorsing saris and what is striking is that each one of them have their own style in which they drape the sari.” To decode who got the sari look right we got a few experts to comment on their styles and tell us what worked and what simply didn’t for them. The ratings are based on an average of the scores given by a panel of four experts comprising of designers Meera Gupta, Anjalee Kapoor, Nandita Raipurani and stylist Manjaree Jindal.

Boring and drab
Rani Mukerji was seen in a white sari with a gold blouse at the Dada Saheb Phalke awards.
What worked: Designer Meera Gupta says, “The choice of fabric is great as it is a classic.”
What didn’t: Gupta says, “The look is repetitive. A bolder bindi or a clashing blouse could have lifted up the look.”

Contrast effect
Vidya Malvade wore a embroidered net sari at a film premier.
What worked: Stylist Manjaree Jindal says, “The red blouse contrasting with green sari gives a kitsch appeal.”
What didn’t: “The embroidery on the sari makes it look befitting for a wedding function instead of an award night,” feels Jindal.

Go traditional
Anushka Sharma was seen in a red sari that she accessorised with a gold neckpiece at a recent awards function.
What worked: Gupta says, “The short-sleeved blouse especially looks nice.”
What didn’t: Designer Anjalee Kapoor says, “The gold neckpiece is very iffy. It’s taking away the elegance from her look.”

Young and fresh
Mugdha Godse wore a powder blue chiffon sari at a Marathi film premier.
What worked: Jindal says, “The choice of colour is apt for summer. The happy colours of the borders look fab.”
What didn’t: “The draping could have been more young to accentuate her figure,” says Jindal.

Coral charm
Priyanka Chopra wore a coral-hued sari at the Dada Saheb Phalke awards.
What worked: Gupta says, “She has a good waist line and her drape enhances her strong points.”
What didn’t: Designer Nandita Raipurani says, “Her hair falls flat and an accessory like a clutch would have added to her look.”