Indian fashion is more often than not synonymous with Bollywood fashion. The age of super models is a forgotten memory of the 90s much like Sony walkmans and Casio watches. B-town’s ladies are no longer restricted to the big screen and have paved their path into everything from television shows to brand endorsements to social media.
With stars like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone bagging plum roles in big ticket Hollywood productions, it’s hardly surprising that women all over the world and not necessarily of Indian origin look up to these beauties as style icons.
Indian fashion designers are experiencing a revolutionary change in the Indian fashion scene, as more and more women are willing to embrace designer wear after being inspired by Bollywood celebrities. It’s no longer surprising to find that an outfit worn by a celebrity is sold out or is being reproduced regularly by the fashion designer who created it. And for those who aren’t able to meet the designers in person or reside in areas that do not facilitate easy access to celebrity-endorsed designer wear, there is the fantastic convenience and ease of online shopping.
A number of our bespoke collections by Indian fashion designers also happen to be favourites of a number of Bollywood’s leading ladies. So we have compiled this list of Bollywood actresses wearing clothes from our site for the style junkie who loves Indian fashion with Bollywood’s stamp of approval.
This short pleated one shoulder number with its gold detailing and peach colour works flawlessly with Nargis’ dewy fresh complexion. This dress by Indian fashion designer Raakesh Agarwval is perfect for the times when you want to dance the night away and look absolutely stunning while doing it. The ruched detailing ensures a flawless fit without looking too tight or accentuating unsightly lumps and bumps so you never have to worry about unflattering angles for those countless selfies. #loveit!
Never one to disappoint with her sartorial choices and definitely one of the most in demand imports from Bollywood to Hollywood. PeeCee is a true style chameleon, switching between navari sarees for Bajirao Mastani to this easy breezy jumpsuit for a magazine interview. With its corseted bodice and sheer lose fitting bottoms, this jumpsuit is the contemporary girl’s fit and flare dress. If you missed grabbing the original on Strand of Silk but can’t imagine wearing anything else at one of the many summer barbeques coming up then this striking red tube jumpsuit in a similar fit and style by Indian fashion designer Swatee Singh will more than work as an enviable substitute.
Yet another Bollywood fashion icon who is as renowned for her statuesque style statements as she is for her powerhouse performances. Dippy also keeps it smart casual in this cowl neck draped jumpsuit proving that even celebrities with rocking bods sometimes need a day off from the figure hugging ensembles and swap them out for comfy silhouettes. Even though this one was an instant sell out, Strand of Silk has you covered with a coral jumpsuit from Raakesh Agarvwal in a similar hue and fit.
Channelling her inner glamazon in a gold and brown structural gown is Chitrangada Singh. And while the original might be a tad bit much for us mere mortals who aren’t going to be walking down a red carpet anytime soon, it doesn’t mean we can’t attempt a watered down version of it at the next wedding reception or cocktail party. The champagne embroidered draped goddess gown by Raakesh Agarvwal with its figure hugging draped fit and shimmer fabric available on Strand of Silk will have heads not just turning but spinning at your utter gorgeousness.
If there was ever any doubt about the evolution of Indian fashion designers then one look at Jacqueline Fernandez’s rock chick meets sultry princess gown by Raakesh Agarvwal would be enough to silence critics. The immaculately crafted gown with its edgy embellished cutwork bodice and arm drape could just as easily have come from the ateliers of labels like Alexander Mc.Queen or Balmain and is a testament to the complex and intricate techniques applied by home grown designers with astounding results. If you’re already drooling over this beauty and are envisioning yourself being the cynosure of all eyes while wearing it then Strand of Silk ensures that you don’t settle for anything but the original.
It would amount to fashion sacrilege if any article on Indian fashion and Indian fashion designers failed to mention ethnic pieces. While experimentation with western silhouettes, patterns, styles and cuts is a welcome reinvention of dated styles, there is a timeless and classic charm about a delicately well-balanced traditional ensemble. The lehenga choli may have been around for centuries in various versions but just like a well-fitted little black dress, a beautifully tailored lehenga never looks unfashionable. Personifying this sentiment is Genelia D’Souza looking ethereal and elegant in a pastel shaded pink Raakesh Agarvwal creation. Make this yours for your wedding day or to attend the nuptials of your closest family or friends at Strand of Silk.
Watch this space for yet more Bollywood goddesses wearing clothes by Indian fashion designers on this site!
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