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The real power dressing

fashion-and-trends Updated: Oct 03, 2010 14:56 IST
Roma Arora
Roma Arora
Hindustan Times
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Earlier this week, when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan made an appearance together for the Armani fashion show at the Milan fashion week, one couldn’t help but notice the striking similarity in the styles they sported.

While Abhishek wore a suit with a black tie, Aishwarya decided to do a girlie version of it by wearing a black Armani sharp coat with velvet pants, minus the manly shirt and tie. Whether it was a fashion coincidence or a thoughtful style statement, the couple did seem to be on their way to follow the amusing trend of couples replicating each other’s style.

In recent times, celebs such as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz have also been spotted dressing up in similar styles. So by matching their looks, couples perhaps are using it as a way of announcing their identical style sensibilities. Style icons Victoria Beckham and David Beckham too, have been seen sporting similar looks on some occasions.

And though we are yet to see the famously metrosexual David turning up in those confectionery colours that Victoria showcased on the runway, the couple have admitted in many interviews that they enjoy picking out items that they can coordinate. Designer Payal Jain says, “Celebrity couples sometimes dress to compliment each other, but if it’s very obviously coordinated, it looks contrived.”

Designer Nitin Bal Chauhan says, “It is about choosing clothing as a visual language to share their personal equation with the world. Image consultant Rita Gangwani says, “Wearing similar clothes brings you closer to your partner . Also, when people are in relationship for a considerable period of time, the fashion sense of one rubs into another and you tend to get influenced. Sometimes, celeb couples resort to such gimmicks to announce all is well between them.”

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Designer Troy Costa says, “It’s a bad trend to turn up as twins. Designer Arpan Vohra says, “It would be nice to see couples dressed as individuals. Copying the look is a banal way of showing you are in love.” Chauhan says, “There is a thin line between co-coordinated and the school dress look.”