It isn’t easy to explain what makes somebody a style icon. For most, being good-looking is enough. But the city is teeming with folks who make heads turn whenever they enter a room, not just because they’re products of a superior gene pool, but because they ooze that dangerous combination of charm, personality and fashion sense that can only be described as the X-factor.
Our esteemed panel of judges, make-up artiste Mickey Contractor, photographer Atul Kasbekar, socialite Queenie Singh, tastemaker Pradeep Hirani and designer Rocky S, picked from a long list of many deserving candidates, each representing the fields of art, fashion, show business, politics, sports, business and society, to come up with the elite 20, undisputedly Mumbai Most Stylish.
But we need your help too. Pick your favourite, and tell us who you think deserves to be the Reader’s Choice winner. You just might get a chance to party with your winner on December 21, at the Mumbai’s Most Stylish awards night.
Karan Johar wears many hats — director, talk show host, designer, and stylist to his movie star friends. Almost always in a crisp shirt and jacket, you’d never accuse him of being under-dressed for the occasion.
Shobha De puts the ‘lit’ in glitterati. A former model who proved that catwalk queens can be more than just a pretty face, this bestselling author makes a case for the sari, paired with the most daring blouses of course...
Nandita Mahtani dresses others for a living, but the designer smashes it out of the ballpark every time she hits the red carpet. She also runs a fashion store that uses its proceeds to funds charity. What’s not to love?
Imran Khan is just as comfortable hitting a Mumbai club in jeans and a graphic T-shirt, as posing for shutterbugs in a fitted jacket and his trademark skinny tie. No Ed Hardy belts or blonde-streaked hair for this A-lister.
Narendra Kumar has no fear, not in his fashion choices atleast. Probably the only man in Mumbai who could make a baby blue suit seem naturally masculine, the designer is walking proof that dressing can be fun.
Monica Dogra , singer-turned-actor, brought her Bohemian sense of style to her debut movie, Dhobi Ghat. All flowing hair, barely-there dresses and flea market jewellery, Dogra wears her style as easily as she belts out a tune.
Simone Singh mixes old-school glamour with modern ensembles, unafraid to bait the fashion police with her eclectic choices. Velvet harem pants, sequinned saris and voluminous wrap dresses- there’s nothing she won’t try.