Punjab thumakda: Styles to watch out for in 2015
As the HT team wishes all its fashionistas a Happy New Year, Aneesha Bedi and Usmeet Kaur bring to you attractive salwar kameez designs, which according to various fashion experts and designers are among the top styles to watch out for in 2015.Updated: Jan 04, 2015, 22:55 IST
As the HT team wishes all its fashionistas a Happy New Year, Aneesha Bedi and Usmeet Kaur bring to you attractive salwar kameez designs, which according to various fashion experts and designers are among the top styles to watch out for in 2015
The evergreen Patiala salwar is once again all set to rule among women, not only for its beauty but also for the attire’s comfort. The grace and style of Punjabi suits is a hot favourite not only in Punjabi cinema but across Bollywood as well. The traditional attire highlights Punjab’s cultural background and is documented as a big hit among women of all age groups.
Be it floral prints, exquisite embroidery or fusion, the traditional Patiala salwar kameez is here to stay yet again. Various designers recommend stylised cuts, patterns and neon colours and shades of white to advance the look of this versatile Punjabi attire for making a unique style statement in 2015. A chiffon dupatta, plain dyed dhoti salwar and printed kameez with light embroidery can never let you down.
The Pollywood way
The Punjabi film industry maintained its originality by constant experimentation and gave birth to a more modern fashion sense in 2014. HT spoke to a few stars who stood out in 2014 for their unique style statement. The stars shared a few fashion tips and revealed their look in their upcoming films.
Indian and Contemporary look in 2015
Chandigarh’s glam girl Surveen Chawla, who is well known for her distinctive fashion statement, her sensual groove, and best in representing Indo-western styles in the Punjabi film industry can be looked upon in terms of dishing out fashion tips for non-conservative girls and women in Punjab.
Surveen has presented her best not only in a contemporary look. Rather, in her various films and of late in the video of the superhit Bhangra number Mitran de boot along with Jazzy B, Surveen looked stunning in her elegant Punjabi avatar where she carried the colour of the season- bold redwith panache.
Surveen was seen in the avatar of a successful Punjabi model in director Anurag Singh’s Disco Singh (2014) and also showcased designs for her mother’s label, Bisu, where she presented the new age dupatta at the Gurgaon Fashion Week (April 17 to 20, 2014). In 2015, Surveen is all set to maintain her stunning and sensual style statement and would be seen in an Indian look in an item song with John Abraham in the film Welcome Back.
Punjab Da Gabru- Amrinder Gill
Well known singer-actor Amrinder Gill was one of the major trendsetters in the industry in 2014 as he revived the Punjabi gabru look. Amrinder carried off traditional garments such as kurtas along with salwars and chadra accessorising with tille wali jutti.
Where Amrinder portrayed a rural boy’s look, he simultaneously showcased kurtas with the famous Burberry check patches. This look was seen back to back in the video of his song Pendu and in the film Goreya Nu Daffa Karo.
Talking about his style statement for 2015, he says, “I know my spiky gelled hairstyle has been much talked about. I’m planning to keep it throughout 2015 as well but would definitely promote traditional outfits. The charm of these outfits is missing in western clothes. Western clothes are mostly trendbased, but traditional clothes stand the test of time; they are evergreen.”
Amrinder strongly feels that subtracting bling from the wardrobe doesn’t mean compromising on style. Using the right accessories is extremely important. Amrinder prefers a watch, handband and sunglasses by Versace or Gucci along with western and traditional outfits.
Punjabi jutti goes bespoke and designer
“Juttis are no longer the simple, slip-on footwear, limited to Punjab. It is internationally known as Aladdin slippers, Indian ballerinas etc, and has become a huge fashion statement around the world. Whether it’s New York, London, Paris or Milan, the jutti is spotted everywhere, worn with any kind of outfit- jumpsuits, maxis, short dresses or jeans. Big fashion labels like Guess have imitated the jutti,” says designer Shirin Singh Sangha, from Chandigarh. Sangha rolled out her bespoke jutti label Needledust last year and began retailing through the fashion portal Exclusively.in.
In 2015, the store is also going online. Now customers can directly buy from their website (www.needledust.com) and they will be shipping all over India. The designer uses pure leather, double padding and fabrics such as brocade, velvet, silk to trimmings such as ghungroos. With everyone wanting to wear something unique, gone are the days when juttis came in only tan or black leather. Whether it is to do with the rising demand, or the fact that ‘kaarigars’ are willing to incorporate unconventional changes, the jutti is no longer restricted to being traditional.
This Singh is so stylish Diljit Dosanjh
Punjabi super star Diljit Dosanjh is one of the most versatile stars in the Punjabi film industry. He can sing, dance and act, all at once. Where he possesses all these traits, he also ranks high when it comes to style. Diljit is one of the first Sikh actors to be considered a trendsetter for reviving the turban as a fashion statement.
The trend of wearing turbans was declining thanks to new age hairstyles and Sikh celebrities promoting various haircuts and a clean-shaven look, but Diljit specifically turned the tables by making the turban a style statement in the Punjabi film industry as well as Bollywood. His fashion choices inspire a generation of boys to experiment with western looks while sporting a colorful, neat, and well-tied turban.
Now, it’s not only Diljit’s songs that are eagerly anticipated but also his look in the song. For ‘Patiala Peg’, he wore a white salwar (Aladdin/parachute pants) teamed with a silver sequinned kurta topped off with a white turban.
In 2015, Diljit would be seen in the most awaited film Mukhtiar Chadha and Sardaar Ji. In Mukhtiar Chadha his look demands him to carry checquered and striped shirts along with turbans in matching or contrasting colours.