HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Turning injury into style statement, celeb style

Arpita Kala, Hindustan Times   February 10, 2014
First Published: 12:40 IST(10/2/2014) | Last Updated: 14:45 IST(10/2/2014)

Move over scribbling quotes or doodling on your fracture cast. Accessorizing injuries with designer sling and cast seem to be the new cool trend for Bollywood’s fashion forwards.

While actor Priyanka Chopra turned her knee injury into a fashion moment on her recent outings sporting neon pink bandage, actor Shahrukh Khan who hurt himself while shooting for his upcoming film Happy New Year, attended the reception of Ahana Deol, actors Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s daughter, \wearing a funky knee cast.

Ahana’s elder sister, Esha Deol too rocked the wedding in style, despite an injured arm, matching her outfits with glamorous slings, right from a red studded sling to a shimmery gold one. Mumbai-based designer, Neeta Lulla, who designed one of her slings says, "I customised the sling to go with Esha’s lehenga. It was made of silk with zardosi work. 

We wanted her to be comfortable and yet look trendy." Last year, actor Preity Zinta too was spotted wearing a stylish black sequin sling.
The city’s fashion forwards have been quick to take a cue from stars. City based designers say they have been flooded with orders for stylish slings from fashionsitas who don’t want an injury to ruin a stylish celebration.

Fashion designer Rina Dhaka says, "I am getting a lot of requests from my clients to design a stylish sling to cover up an injury. It is a very interesting way of not shying away from an injury and having fun." Designer Nida Manmood too recently designed one such fashionable sling.

"A boring, ugly looking cast can scoop the life out of a brilliant outfit. I was recently asked by a to-be bride to help cover up her sprained arm stylishly. We made an orange embroidered sling to go with her fuchsia and orange lehenga," she says. And it’s not just designers, even city tailors are using their creativity to stitch stylish slings.

"I am making matching slings for one of my client to go with her anarkali suits that she will be wearing a wedding next week," says Jamal Parwez, a tailor in Shankar Market.

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