HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

After turbans, bindi in the centre of global fashion

Medha Shri Dahiya, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 12, 2014
First Published: 19:21 IST(12/3/2014) | Last Updated: 02:03 IST(13/3/2014)

After we told you about the turban making waves on the international fashion circuit, it’s the quintessential bindi that is making a retro Bollywood comeback on the global ramp.

Several international ­celebrities have taken a fancy to the trend, the ­latest being French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who sent a wave of excitement among  Indians when he ­presented two models in Bollywood-inspired looks at the recently-concluded Paris Fashion Week.
While designer Shantanu Mehra calls it a “grand moment”, Rina Dhaka says, “I’m so happy! However, this is not the first time that Gaultier has used an Indian reference; he often does that. Even British fashion designer John Galliano often takes ­inspiration from India.”

Gaultier’s models wore black ­bindis and had ­bouffant hairdos — ­reminiscent of Bollywood heroines from the sixties. “It has been a trend in the past, too. Remember Madonna wearing it? It’s great to see India taking over the ­international ­fashion scene,” says ­designer Ritu Beri.
While singer Katy Perry is seen sporting the bindi quite often, actor-singer Selena Gomez was also seen wearing one recently. Actor Vanessa Hudgens, too, had posted selfies of her bindi avatar in December 2012. “Bindi has the potential of becoming a cool fashion accessory if used effectively. It stands out on the Western skin tone. It, however, but may not remain a long, sustainable trend,” says Mehra.

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