We unveil the categories and the personalities for this year's HT Mumbai's Most Stylish. Take a look.
For years now, this award-winning musician has impressed his audience with his singing prowess as well as his willingness to experiment with his looks. From jazzy stage costumes and stylish Indian wear and to suave dinner jackets and a variety of bold hairstyles, Sonu Nigam has proved that he is a trend-setter in the true sense.
From L to R: Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shilpa Rao
Just like her singing, Sunidhi Chauhan's style sense too has range. The powerhouse performer, who is usually seen in vibrant Indian outfits at events, can also carry off a designer dress or a patterned pant suit with equal ease. Not one to stick to a particular look, she also experiments with her hair and make-up.
Star performer Shilpa Rao's dressing sense is simple yet impressive. She could pair a regular pair of jeans with a stylish top, or slip into a fashionable high-street dress. Her carefree attitude always comes across in her outfits, and that's what makes them memorable.
This young and daring dresser has a tendency to make heads turn. Anushka Manchanda's grungy fashion sensibilities match her powerful voice, and she aptly exploits that connection to enhance her appearances on and off stage. Yet, every now and then, the unpredictable artiste will surprise critics by pulling off a designer sari with flair.
From L to R: Anushka Manchanda and Sona Mohapatra
Apart from a beautiful voice, Sona Mohapatra has a fashion sense that is the envy of many. Even when she isn't performing, she doesn't shy away from trying new looks, whether it involves carrying off a leather jacket or an exquisite lehenga. She is also known for her use of bold eye make-up and quirky accessories.
The glamour industry is well aware of the versatile filmmaker's love for fashion. Not only has the trendsetter always been well-turned-out at events - his unique sense of style also makes him a hit on the ramp - but he has also taken his love for styling to the next level by designing costumes for films such as Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Main Hoon Na (2004).
From L to R: Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali and Kabir Khan
He is unlike most Bollywood directors not only when it comes to his films, but also his style quotient. Imtiaz Ali's outfits always ooze confidence and reflect the writer-director's relaxed vibe. Over the years, even at the biggest red carpet events, he has made unabashed appearances in his undone hairdo, a crisp white shirt and rugged jeans.
He never fails to deliver in the style stakes. Director Kabir Khan can pull off a chequered scarf with a formal shirt and he can also rock a formal Nehru jacket when he needs to. Often sporting a stubble, Kabir's rugged look also adds to his personality.
Going by this young Bollywood producer's looks, he is a strong believer in comfort clothing. Often seen in sporty, well fitting T-shirts, aviators and denims, Ritesh Sidhwani's style is new age, effortless and relatable. Incidentally, he also offered his wholehearted support to his wife, Dolly Sidhwani, when she launched her clothing line last year.
From L to R: Ritesh Sidhwani and Homi Adajania
One may argue that with his looks, he could just as well try his luck in front of the camera rather than behind it. But the suave Homi Adajania isn't interested. His fashion sense is timeless and rarely influenced by what's in or out. Like Ritesh, he is connected to fashion through his wife, Anaita Shroff Adajania, who is a leading Bollywood stylist.
Whether he's hard at work in a chef 's jacket, looking dapper in a suit or keeping it casual in a simple T-shirt and jeans, the tall and handsome Ranveer Brar's fashion choices make sure he stands out in a crowd. The co-judge of one of the country's most popular cooking shows on TV, MasterChef India, Ranveer has used his charm to make cooking look more attractive than ever before.
From L to R: Ranveer Brar and Mishali Sanghani
On weekends, you may spot the who's who of Bollywood dining at her posh restaurants - Pali Village Café and Pali Bhavan (in Bandra West). But, behind the scenes, ensuring consistency in quality is the pretty and petite Mishali Sanghani. The media-shy, yet glamorous restaurateur's elegant and versatile fashion sense proves that you needn't compromise on looking good to be a hands-on professional.
One of the best-known restaurateurs in India, AD Singh is known for his classy sartorial choices. Whether he's in a well-fitted suit on the red carpet or in a crisp cotton kurta at dinner, he takes dressing for the occasion to an all new level. And it is this attention to detail that makes his restaurants - Olive Bar & Kitchen in Bandra (W) and Mahalaxmi - two of the hottest destinations in town.
From L to R: AD Singh, Riyaaz Amlani and Rachel Goenka
His style quotient is as quirky, unassuming and impressive as his restaurants - be it Colaba Social, Smoke House Deli or Salt Water Café. Riyaaz Amlani's infectious energy comes through in what he wears. Not one to succumb to the pressure of trends, the young and successful restaurateur pulls off a smart Nehru jacket with as much élan as he does a pair of bright coloured trousers.
The chef and co-owner of one of Mumbai's top restaurants, The Sassy Spoon (in Nariman Point and Bandra West), the talented Rachel Goenka is a power dresser. The confident young entrepreneur can rock the jeans-and-T-shirt look, and make heads turn in a gown when an occasion demands it. Having given this city's culinary landscape a new dimension with her restaurant, she is an inspiration to many.