Bollywood is one of the biggest trendsetters in the country, and in 2012, desi style hotted up the film and fashion charts alike. From some spicy Womaniya tadka, with ghetto-style attitude and flair with a dash of earthy yet sexy ethnic wear, to the somber, no-make up approach of English Vinglish — the styles reflected varied themes that took over the big screen this year.
While Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar took over roles of sometimes rowdy, sometimes Robin Hood cool, shades-adorned macho men, the tinsel town beauties like Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and Alia Bhatt brought a young, urban vibe to the movies.
Regional flavour was also infused as the female characters went ethnic with stylish helpings of modern-day phulkari, colour-blocked, vibrant suits and bold bindis, balanced with simple yet classy ethnicity and a devil-may-care attitude. While Ranbir Kapoor’s tiny-braid and Priyanka Chopra’s messy, curly, mop in Barfi! made an easy, young statement, Kareena Kapoor’s sharara in Agent Vinod set the screens on fire. Other fashion spottings included coloured trench coats, and checkered scarves.
The song Dil Mera Muft Ka in the film Agent Vinod saw Kareena Kapoor in a bright, deep-neck sharara. The outfit, which spelled fun and sexy at the same time, inspired many affordable replicas and young fashionistas aspired to get the hot Bebo look.
Quirky, fun and rustic attitude was personified by the glares sported by actors across films in 2012. From the trademark Sallu aviator look that returned with Dabangg 2, to the effortless spunk of all the shady business in Rowdy Rathore — this accessory treated with a filmy touch, was definitely a hit. From street markets across the city to high street fashion and luxury labels — glares, aviators and sunglasses have always been a favourite with the fashion conscious, and B-town added to the fashion factor.
The Keffiyeh-style scarf made a comeback with Salman Khan in the Bollywood’s super-grosser, Ek Tha Tiger. Another actor seen sporting the trend was Akshay Kumar in the film Khiladi 786, complete with checks and fabric baubles.
After sporting the Rockstar look in his 2011 film Rockstar, actor Ranbir Kapoor flaunted a tiny braid in Barfi! this year. This look became an instant trend with the city youngsters.
Dared to bare
As bold women characters ruled the cinematic space, makeup went non-fussy and nude, and silhouettes became simple, adding an earthy dimension to the characters on-screen.
The youth brigade
From designer handbags to super-stylish evening dresses, and high-definition makeup, films that were youth-oriented saw the actors indulge freely in unabashed, high-trend fashion. Movies like Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Student of the Year and Cocktail personified the sexy, unfettered looks.
The trench coat added sophistication to the style of Bollywood ladies onscreen. While Katrina Kaif’s orange Burberry number caught the attention of many, Aditi Rao Hydari’s shade of peach in the film, London, Paris, New York, was also super fashionable.
The super-desi oomph of actor Sonakshi Sinha in Son Of Sardaar, the Marathi quirkiness of Rani Mukerji in Aiyyaa, and the parandi-laden, spicy Punjabi energy of Huma Qureshi in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, are some of the stylish highlights of regional, neo-traditional style, that took over the screens this year.