In India, Bollywood and fashion go hand in hand. Many street styles are inspired by the looks sported by famous actors in their movies. Madhubala’s role of Anarkali in the movie Mughal-e-Azam inspired the namesake outfit. Even today the anarkali is a favoured ensemble amongst the plethora of evening ready Indian ethnic attires. The anarkali is also making a strong presence in the high-end bridal wear segment and is going strong season after season.
The actress Sadhana’s iconic bangs became famous as the Sadhana cut. Sadhana also brought in the trend of tight fitting churidars through her movie Waqt. Sushmita Sen sold the saree look to the young Indian girls by looking gorgeous in the feminine sarees of the movie Main Hoon Naa. From Madhuri Dixit’s vibrant looks in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun to her pastel styles in Dil Toh Pagal Hain, Bollywood has etched its fashion in the hearts and minds of every Indian film lover.
The year 2015 also had its iconic Bollywood costume moments through movies like Piku, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Bajirao Mastani and Wazir.
Anuj Madan helped Deepika Padukone transform into the character of Piku in the movie. Piku is an independent, headstrong but compassionate lady. She is a modern girl who appreciates traditional values. Her outfits were minimalistic and fuss free in organic handloom materials. In the movie she has mostly displayed tunics with leggings or pants. Her simple fabrics and easy silhouettes portray the character’s persona perfectly.
Bajirao Mastani released on Dec 18, 2015 and the famed designer, Anju Modi styled the costumes for Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the movie. She enhanced the period feel of the movie through her outstanding costumes. Deepika played the role of Mastani, a warrior princess and second wife to the historical hero, Peshwa Bajirao I. Deepika’s Mughal inspired outfits and jewellery brought regal splendour to the movie. Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai’s charater was played by Priyanka Chopra. Rocky S left no stone unturned to give Priyanka the royal Maharastrian Queen look. Her nath (nose ring), shela (stole) and half moon bindi made Priyanka look every bit like the Queen, right out of the pages of history.
There were two very lovable, but distinct from each other, Indian looks that were part of Bollywood movies in 2015. One was Aditi Rao Haydari’s delicate pastel anarkali look in the movie Wazir and the other was Kareena Kapoor’s vibrant mix and matched look from Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Purvi Doshi did a splendid styling job in bringing out the feminine charm of Aditi. On the other hand, Rick Roy’s printed ethnic look coordinated with minimalistic silver jewellery and heavily kohled eyes for Kareena Kapoor was very fresh.
Now that we have covered some iconic trends as well as some trends from the very recent past - here are some great styles and trends to watch out for in 2016
Fitoor is an Indian adaptation of the classic novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Katrina’s attires in the movie spell seduction and fairytale charm. Katrina also sports a unique red haired look in the movie, which we reckon will be fairly common soon!
Rangoon is a romantic period film set in the 1940s. Kangana plays a fiery action star named Julia in the movie, which sees her sporting vintage looks with winged eyeliner and wavy locks.
Sonam Kapoor will be playing the real life heroine, Neerja Bhanot in the movie. Neerja was a flight attendant who was murdered while saving passengers from terrorists. She was on duty in the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73. There are always high expectations from Sonam when it come to her looks and this time we hope that she does justice when playing the heroic role. The actress displays short hair in the movie and her styling has a modern and earthy feel.
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