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How often should stars repeat their attires? Is the media being too harsh on them?

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 15, 2009 17:53 IST
Neha Sharma

It was only in July that she had sported the animal print top to the success party of Kambakkht Ishq. But Kareena Kapoor’s repetition of her Roberto Cavalli outfit on Farah Khan’s show Tere Mere Beach Mein this weekend has tongues wagging... about her floundering style sense off late.

Recently, the actress attended the Hairstyling and Make up awards in Mumbai and the music launch of her film Main aur Mrs Khanna in the same purple outfit.

But it isn’t just Kareena. Blame it on reccession or just shortage of time, stars are becoming increasingly casual about their dressing. For the launch of Arjun Rampal’s lounge-bar LAP earlier this month, Shah Rukh Khan wore the suit he had worn on his last visit to the Capital to host the finals of DARE 2009 in August.

Recently, even Priyanka Chopra was spotted in the same skirt and belt for two consecutive events, though she changed her top from a red to a white the second time. Says actress Pooja Bedi, who too repeats her clothes with some changes, “Fashion police are never kind to ‘repeat offences’. I have repeated outfits many times but simply changed the look with accessories or wore it in different cities.”

Actress Shahana Goswami says, “The media brings every detail of your attire into focus, so one should try not to repeat entire ensembles. I wouldn’t bother as long as I can make the same attire look different.”

Clearly, busy stars like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan can’t bother about such minor details. Akshay, who had once famously stated that he had more suits than films, repeated the suit he wore to the Annual Screen Awards in January once again at the launch of the Asian Heart Helpline in March in Mumbai. And Salman too has been spotted in the same Ed Hardy T-shirt on different occasions.

Say designers Jai and Parvesh, “Celebs are the face of society. They are seen everywhere and if they repeat their outfits, they are easily noticed and criticised.” However, fans of the actors still feel the media is being unduely harsh on their favourite stars when it comes to clothes. “Like us, even stars can have their preferred dressing. And who doesn’t want to keep repeating their favourite outfits?” asks student Nayan Banga.