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Style in her veins

Here’s why actor Sonam Kapoor is a trendsetter.

entertainment Updated: Aug 13, 2010 13:52 IST
Damini Purkayastha

You better know your fashion if you’re interviewing Sonam Kapoor. There’s a reason why the 25-year-old is known as a fashionista and why, despite being three movies old, every luxury label wants to be associated with her.

But, more on that later. First, we ask her whether she was ever a ‘jeans and tee’ girl. “Ummm... I was always into fashion. My mom was a fashion designer and, as a kid, I would accompany her to fashion shows and sit with her during trials.

I remember seeing Madhu Sapre, Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen and thinking how beautiful they all were. I always wanted to wear those clothes,” says Sonam, proudly declaring that she knows a lot about zari and vintage and handicrafts because it “simply fascinates” her.

Sonam kapoorHer extensive collection of dresses is no haphazard gathering. She says, "I love vintage clothes. I love movies and history and clothes that have a sense of history. Like, if you wear a Karl Lagerfeld or an Alexander McQueen, they’re clothes with a history.

I own a YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) pant-suit. Did you know that the first pant-suit for women was made by Yves Saint Laurent?” One of the most expensive dresses in her wardrobe is a black and white polka dot Valentino gown, and the actress says she’s started collecting creations made originally by the designer.

Another object of pride in her collection is her classic Lady Dior handbag — the very design that her character sports in her latest film Aisha, based on Jane Austen’s Emma. “We wanted something classic. We’re used to seeing a Birkin or a Chanel, but we wanted something iconic that is classic with an edge.

That’s what I feel this is,” she says. The Lady Dior handbag, originally associated with Princess Diana and later worn by Hollywood actresses Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cheryl Cole, Mary Kate Olsen and Penelope Cruz, has now become synonymous with Sonam for Indian audiences.“It’s fantastic, isn’t it?” she gushes.

Bollywood’s answer to Sex And The City, Aisha is tipped to be high on glam. Besides a brand partnership with Christian Dior, characters in the film are seen in high-end wear from design houses Chanel, Salavatore Ferragamo and Christian Lacroix.

“We had luxury brands like Jimmy Choo send us samples, and we ended up choosing close to 60 Dior pieces. Clothes worn by each person were carefully chosen and put together… it’s been amazing,” she says.

However, as in the case of Sex And The City, it remains to be seen whether style can score over script with the audience.