Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor: The best-dressed female celebrities for 2019
Until the last decade, Bollywood celebrities didn’t pay any attention to how they dressed. The costumes in their movies were designed by one particular designer, like Sabyasachi Mukerji for Devdas, Neeta Lulla for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam or Manish Malhotra for Rangeela. And for their other usual public appearances, they generally stuck to their personal style and dressed accordingly.
However, in the past decade, Bollywood saw a meteoric rise in a new breed of style curators for celebrities, the celebrity stylist. These stylists would curate national and international trends, customise them to the celebrity they were styling and voila, all of a sudden almost every celebrity was a style icon or wanted to become one.
And now, over a decade later, every celebrity has a stylist and only wears high-end designer labels, every look is planned well in advance, be it at the gym, the salon, the famous airport looks, promotions and of course, the much-awaited red carpet looks of our celebs. Rhea Kapoor styles fashionista Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Shaleena Nathani for Deepika Padukone, Ami Patel for Alia Bhatt, Mohit Rai for Sonakshi Sinha, and many others. And everyone knows, no matter what rules the runways, it’s Bollywood celebrities that rule the fashion scene and set trends in India.
This year, a lot of celebrities upped their style game, some we really didn’t expect, while others were the usual sartorially conscious stars. Here are the celebs who ruled the fashion scene this year, showing us what’s in vogue and impressed us with their high-voltage fashion sense.
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
Sonam Kapoor is a trailblazer when it comes to fashion, and like always, the Veere Di Wedding star did not disappoint us this year too. Celebrity stylist, and sister, Rhea Kapoor made sure that not a hair is out of place on Sonam. And we saw Sonam sporting a lot of international trends this year too.
While it is almost impossible to pick only a few looks that really stood out on the fashionista, cause she always looks impeccable, here are our top 3 picks.
The white Ralph and Russo couture suit she wore at Cannes this year, the gorgeous Abu Jani- Sandeep Khosla ensemble for the Chopard La Nuit Des Rois dinner party and her pale pink Anamika Khanna saree and coat ensemble, which she wore with vintage jewellery that her mother, Sunita Kapoor owned.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
How can Priyanka not be on the best-dressed list? The actor, along with musician husband Nick Jonas were dubbed People’s Best Dressed Couple for 2019, and her style ever since she moved to Hollywood has definitely evolved tremendously. International stylist Mimi Cuttrell makes sure Priyanka looks impeccable for her Hollywood outings, while for her Bollywood appearances Priyanka trusts celebrity stylist Ami Patel. Of the many looks of Priyanka’s that we loved, one was her MET gala look.
While many dissed Priyanka’s haute couture Dior gown, we thought it was perfectly on point with the theme for 2019 Met Gala, which was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, and Priyanka looked as over-the-top as she was meant to. Even her many looks for Cannes were gorgeous, and while we loved the shimmery black and deep mauve Roberto Cavalli number, it was her white Georges Hobeika gown that bowled us over. And while all her looks whether it was at the Vanity Fair party or even for the promotions of The Sky is Pink are love, it was her latest appearance at the Marrakesh Film Festival in a gorgeous Abu Jani - Sandeep Khosla saree that proved to be a clear winner. After all, she is the original desi girl.
Deepika Padukone’s stylist Shaleena Nathani sure knows how to style the long-legged lass. At the beginning of the year, we saw Deepika wearing more of Sabyasachi Mukerji, also her wedding dress designer, her hair tied in a tightly-pulled back neat bun, her red carpet style was all about wearing high-voltage fashion gowns, and she absolutely loved Giambatista Valli for most of her red carpet looks. And now, as the year comes to a close, the actor has cut free, pun intended, from her tight bun and has gone for a more casual mid length haircut, with some well placed blonde highlights, and we are loving this new look. Of the many times that the Padmaavat actor impressed us, here are the top three. While her MET Gala look was a bit too safe, it was her vintage Zac Posen lemon yellow gown with the zebra print overcoat which she wore for the after party that was a winner, her Giambatista Valli gown along with the pale pink turban for the Cannes red carpet and her gorgeous vintage-inspired look by Dior as she attended Paris fashion week.
Deepika wore a lot of Sabyasachi in the past year, but of the many looks this lemon yellow high-necked concept ruffled saree wowed us. The gorgeous earrings and sunglasses were perfect.
And while many loved her purple Gaurav Gupta gown, and it is impossible for the Chhapaak actor to look bad, we have seen Deepika look way better, and a bit of tweaking with the hairstyle would have done wonders for her look.
More recently, after the haircut, Deepika has also sported some interesting looks, (L-R) the actor is seen in a black gown by Alex Perry, a fusion Sabyasachi ensemble and a cute crop top and skirt combo by Anna Mason.
Taapsee’s style evolution in the past year has been inspiring, the actor pulled out all stops for the promotions of her movies, dressing mostly according to the theme of whichever movie she was promoting. Be it her saree style, her choice of dresses, her casual looks, it seems Taapsee or her talented stylist, Devki B, has figured out what works for the Mission Mangal and Saand ki Aankh actor. It is no surprise that Taapsee is one of the newest entrants in the best-dressed list. Here are some of her best looks.
Taapsee gave her saree looks very unique twists, wearing denim on denim, a kurta as a blouse, or a coat/Anarkali too. Some of her most unique saree looks were (L-R) the white Priyal Prakash saree and Anarkali combo, the purple and white printed Bloni Atelier saree which is an all-time favourite and the uber-cool white suit and saree fusion ensemble by Starch: The Label.
Is it even possible to miss the all-time fashionistas of Bollywood? Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt’s style also came onto the best-dressed radar.
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Did Katrina ever dress badly? The answer is no. The actor sticks to what works best for her, very rarely experimenting or going overboard, but that works for her. From the poker-straight hair, subtle smokey eyes and otherwise minimal make-up, Katrina sticks to the same style guide. But we’re not complaining, cause she’s a stunner no matter what. Here are some of best looks that the Bharat actor pulled out of her kitty, along with stylist Tanya Ghavri and Chandini Whabi, this year.
We also loved this Julian Macdonald gown on Katrina, red is definitely her colour.
Alia’s year in terms of style didn’t start that strong, but towards the end of the year Alia really took her style up a notch, and while we love the natural look, and golden glow that she always sports, here’s hoping she dials down the highlighter.
Stylist Alia Rufai worked her magic on Anushka, and we saw Anushka take a more minimal approach to fashion, be it everyday outing, airport visits, red carpets, promotions, you name it. And although now Anushka also depends on stylist Lakshmi Lehr, the fashion sense remains the same. Anushka now focuses more on structured silhouettes, subtle colours and minimal make-up. And we absolutely love it. Here are some of Anushka’s best looks for 2019.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena has always been a style icon on screen and off it too, and this was much before the fuss of stylists came into play.
But of late the actor has pulled out all the stops to ensure she looks impeccable for every public outing. Here are her top looks for 2019.
Who do you think belongs on the best dressed female celebrity of 2019 list?