Think fun, funky and freewheeling this Holi, just like Bollywood. Bollywood has always been extravagant and a source for inspiration when it comes to kitschy fashion, which is messy and unrestrained but visually stunning. From bright, dance-floor perfect saris to colour-blocked skirts and nomad-inspired jewellery, there are loads of inspiration that you can pick up from Bollywood as you rock the coolest Holi parties in town. “Holi is a significant festival in Hindi films. Bollywood is the perfect inspiration for the festival when it comes to spicing up your look with some quirky, colourful clothing,” says fashion designer Nida Mahmood. Guys, too, should not shy away from wearing bright, cheerful colours. “There can be no room for boredom on a festival like Holi. Think loud and glittering like Bollywood. Holi is about letting go of your fears. An apologetic mashup of colours and bling would look great. A gulal coloured kurta will be a head-turning pick for men who want to look different,” says fashion designer Pawan Sachdeva.
Here’s how to show off some true Bollywood swag at the Holi party.
Cool & quirky
Who says saris are cumbersome to carry? Give a twist to the usual sari drape and wear it with your denims. Ditch the petticoat and wear your denims or tights. Drape the sari with pleats on one side for a funky spin, like designer Nida Mahmood . Ditch jewellery and wear your favourite flower in your hair.
A touch of gulabi
Let gulaal inspire your makeup. Bright pink lips, rose tinted cheeks and softly shaped eyes teamed with a satin finish base would be perfect. Finish with double coats of mascara.
A printed peplum blouse teamed with printed lehenga with green and gold border is a foolproof look for Holi. Go for a side braid and subtle makeup. You can also wear a sari in a cheerful colour such as bright pink. Team it with a floral printed corset. Guys can wear a bright angrakha kurta with dhoti pants.
Regal & chic
Opt for this royal look when you want to keep it elegant and classy. Go for a silk tweed cape bandhgala with silk trousers.
Holi is a festival of colours, so don’t be afraid of mixing up hues. Team a pop coloured gypsy skirt with a black fitted top or kurti. Go for schoolgirl braids threaded with ribbons. Let the makeup be subtle; just a pop of pink on your lips. Wear mirrored aviators for some filmy swag.
Concept and fashion direction: Shara Ashraf
Styling: Shara Ashraf and Prerna Gauba
Photos: Amal KS, Shara Ashraf, Manoj Verma & Raajessh Kashyap
Clothes: Ritu Kumar, Pawan Sachdeva, 1469, Khanijo & Nida Mahmood
Jewellery: Nani’ki by Nomad
Hair and makeup: Aashmeen Munjal
Models: Saud Khan, Rose Alisha, Shalini Yadav & Mayank Bajpai
Model Coordination: Strawberrifox