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New films, but same ol’ clothes

fashion-and-trends Updated: Feb 09, 2011 02:32 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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They may be known for refreshing cinema, but B-town’s leading directors seem to lack inspiration when it comes to clothes.

Imtiaz Ali
Uniform style: Jeans, shirt, canvas shoes, open hair
Why? “I wear the same jeans often, don’t wash my hair for days and dress casually. I have never worn formal cloth-es”. He wore a suit for the first time at the premiere of his film Love Aaj Kal. He did not wear a suit even for his wedding.
Expert speak: Stylist Rishi Raj says, “Imtiaz has a very casual look and he doesn’t have to work hard on it. His hair is his signature look - it walks into the room before he does.”

Farah Khan
Uniform style:
Lose, bright kurtis paired with trousers or churidaar and a big neck piece
Why? "I have been told about a lot of shops stocking what’s called the ‘Farah Khan’ kurtis. I dress like this frankly because I am not a size two. These kuritis give me a slim look. I like colour and classy embroidery,” says the Om Shani Om filmmaker.
Expert speak: Raj says, "She needs to get rid of these maternity kurtas. However, she doesn’t have the body for that, so she can’t do much about it.”

Karan Johar
Uniform style:
Formal black suits
Why? “I like formal attires and structured outfits. I am a complete shirt person and don’t like T-shirts. I wear black because it makes me look thin,” says the maker of My Name Is Khan.
Expert speak: Raj says, “He follows a very Hollywood, red carpet look. All his tuxedoes have a twist to them and that may or may not work for people. But Johar can carry it off.”

Uniform style: Crisp white trousers, full sleeved shirts and white shoes.
Why? The director duo wear the colour because of a superstition they believe in - that they have had successful films only because they wore white. Their last film was Race that was a roaring success.
Expert speak: “I don’t like it at all. They don’t have to pay much attention to what they wear, because it is easier to have 25 pairs of everything in white. Maybe they should pay attention.”