It is an impossible task to be dressed to the nines every moment. We all have our bad fashion days but the media is not lax on the off days of Bollywood celebrities.
They live a life which is constantly under a microscope and any out of place detail or miss-step, no matter how small, will be highlighted and splashed all the tabliods.
They are unable to venture out on personal errands without the potential of being papped. To handle this pressure along with the load of commitments like promotions, inaugurations and red carpets events, the celebrities offload the responsibility to talented Bollywood fashion stylists.
The Bollywood fashion stylists help the celebrities in more than just nailing their looks. They help them in defining their personality for their movies and also create a celebrity dressing style, around their likes and dislikes. These Bollywood fashion stylists are also aware of the latest trends and check that the look has not already been displayed by another celebrity in a bid to retain originality.
We are always curious to find what our leading ladies like Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone have been wearing. We also love to bring their trends to our wardrobes. However behind every trendsetting celebrity is a fashion stylist, so let’s bring some of the notable celebrity stylists who are behind these covetable looks to the fore.
Celebrity Client : Deepika Padukone
Anaita Shroff Adajania is the Fashion Director for Vogue India and a well-known Bollywood fashion stylist and costume designer. She has styled actors in movies like Dhoom, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail. Cocktail raised Deepika to the level of a Bollywood fashion icon, thanks to Anaita Shroff Adajania.
In Cocktail, Deepika Padukone plays the character of Veronica and Anaita’s style defined Veronica so perfectly that the audience instantly got behind the character. The character of Veronica was a sensual and bold girl who lived by her own rules in a casual way. Her loosely knotted off-shoulder T-shirts and messy hair drove home her persona at a glance. Anaita has been Deepika’s fashion fairy for every red carpet event and has helped her ace almost every public appearance.
Celebrity Clients: Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Anil Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor always manages to look like a million dollars and is at the top of the league every time. Her Bollywood fashion weapon is the team of stylists working to create her perfect looks. The chief stylist responsible for transforming Sonam into a Goddess is sister, Rhea Kapoor.
Rhea Kapoor has always dressed her sister in unconventional attires. There are also some designers like the Ashi Studio, which became a popular name after Sonam was spotted wearing their outfits. Innovative designs from Manish Arora, Masaba and Surendri have been displayed with great panache by Sonam Kapoor. Rhea has helped Sonam Kapoor achieve the status of an experimental Bollywood fashion diva. She also uses various statement jewelleries to accentuate edgy designer works like dhoti sarees and caped looks.
The stylist has an eye for exceptional designs and she also helps her cousin and father sport a suave tailored look for their red carpet events.
Celebrity Clients: Kareena Kapoor, Frieda Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karisma Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Ileana D’cruz, Madhuri Dixit
The client list is quite stunning for this young stylist who started out by assisting Pernia Qureshi in movies like Aisha and Thank You. The bonds and goodwill that the stylist garnered through her work soon made her a sought out Bollywood fashion stylist. Tanya helps the actors in retaining their personal style and adds her dramatic charm to the overall look.
She helped veteran actress Madhuri Dixit to move away from weaeing only traditional outfits like sarees and anarkalis. The Bollywood fashion police fell in love with the Tanya styled signature pant suit and gown Madhuri’s looks. Tanya also helps in styling young male actors like Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan.
Celebrity Clients: Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Shahid Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Sushant Singh
After studying fashion at London College of Fashion, Nitasha Gaurav worked as a Fashion Editor at Femina. She is currently a freelance Bollywood fashion stylist and has A-list celebrities on her clientele list.
Most notably, she brings out Ranveer Singh’s fun personality by styling him with flamboyant outfits that he can carry with élan. Nitasha also helped Parineeti Chopra in upgrade her style quotient. Nitasha tries to work around the real person behind the celebrity figure and that way she guarantees a bespoke look for each celebrity. She doesn't shy away from incorporating unusual looks or new trends into her clients looks which is perfect for celebrity clients who rely on being represented in the media during film promotion.
Celebrity clients: Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz, Tamannah, Lara Datta, Madhuri Dixit, Shilpa Shetty, Kangana Ranaut
Ami Patel is a celebrity stylist who has extremely impressive credentials such as ex-Fashion Director, L’Officiel India and Creative Director, Harper’s Bazaar. Her styling mantra is that fashion is fun and so she focuses on ensuring that the celebrities enjoy their look and are comfortable.
Her portfolio includes magazine covers and Bollywood fashion stories for well known celebrities. The stylist is behind revolutionising Priyanka Chopra’s style statement. Ami Patel prefers to style the Bollywood celebrities in fresh Indian origin labels as well as from International High Street brands.
Celebrity clients: Nargis Fakhri, Kangana Ranaut, Anushka Sharma
If you have seen Dil Dhadakne Do movies’s promotions you know how chic Anushka Sharma looked as a part of it and the credit goes to Alia Al Rufai. Alia admires Anushka’s cool personality and tries to dress her in a relaxed look to suit her. Nargis Fakhri’s consistent hot looks are also a result of this talented stylist. You would also want to keep a tab on what Alia herself wears, as this stylist’s personal style, can give the well dressed celebrities a run for their money.
Celebrity Clients: Deepika Padukone, Shahrukh Khan
The young, spunky, fitness fanatic Shaleena started her styling career as Anaita Shroff Adajania’s assistant and very quickly learnt the ropes of the styling biz. Her big break came when Deepika Padukone decided to bring her on board as her personal stylist and has never looked back since.
Deepika has always received rave reviews for the edgy and unconventional looks that Shaleena has put together for her. She has been credited with most of Deepika’s airport looks, promotion outfits, red carpet appearances and casual pap photos. The young stylist is clearly on her way to making her mark as she was also credited with styling King Khan during the promotions for Raees.
Celebrity Clients: Karishma Kapoor, Sridevi, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Saif Ali Khan, Sania Mirza, Prachi Desai, Varun Dhawan
Yet another stylist, who trained under Anaita Shroff Adajania and moved on to create a quite name for herself as a freelance stylist. Esha Amin is perhaps best known for styling the always-resplendent Karishma Kapoor but the Mangalore girl has a fair few notches on her uber-fashionable belt. She was the official stylist at the Femina Miss India 2014 pageant and also launched her own label of party wear for women in 2016.
When superstar Kajol reinvented herself from frumpy matron to fashion forward stylista the question on everyone’s mind in the styling game was WHO was behind the stunning transformation. The answer: Triporna Majumdar. While every celebrity stylist was out chasing young, hot and still-in-demand actresses Triporna was working her way through the ad film styling circuit. She’s been credited with creating looks for advertisements of washing powders to telecom services and everything in between but it was her magical touch with Kajol that catapulted her to super stylist status.
Celebrity Clients: Priyanka Chopra, Penelope Cruz, Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Julianna Margulies
The former professional dancer and NYU graduate has been in the styling game for years but is a new entrant for followers of Indian fashion thanks to the totally on-point looks she’s been creating for Priyanka Chopra. Cristina’s style philosophy of chic, timeless and classic with a modern twist is clearly descriptive of Priyanka’s looks from talk shows to movie promotions. It’s clear that Cristina knows how to wield her styling powers to grab eyeballs for all the right reasons and there couldn’t have been a better fit for Priyanka on her journey to conquering Hollywood.
Celebrity Clients: Deepika Padukone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Saoirse Ronan
The contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Elizabeth Saltzman has over 30 years of styling experience and 8 years at Giorgio Armani, not to mention her enviable client list of Hollywood A-listers but was unknown to lovers of Indian fashion until she started styling Deepika Padukone.
Closely following in the footsteps of Priyanka, Deepika too has been working the Hollywood circuit of promotions and talk shows for her latest release and Elizabeth has been her stylist of choice. However it does seem that things may not be working out as smoothly as planned since Deepika’s looks have been constantly compared to Priyanka’s and deemed as falling short on the style stakes. The duo seemed to have redeemed themselves at Cannes 2017 but this stylist-celebrity relationship still has a long way to go.
Celebrity styling has become serious business for Bollywood fashion and we have witnessed the transformation that it has created. All the already gorgeous ladies of Bollywood have become glamazons after help from the new breed of Bollywood fashion stylists becoming popular in India. These Bollywood fashion stylists are the real heroes behind the Bollyood celebrity looks that captivates everyone.
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