Janhvi Kapoor’s debut has probably been one of the most speculated events in Bollywood fandom. It might seem odd to those who aren’t avid watchers of Hindi movies and people who don’t follow their favourite stars on social media. But the daughter of the late Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor has become something of an Instagram star thanks to her illustrious lineage and on-point posts. Lauded for her sense of style and a keen eye for body flattering camera angles, Janhvi could very easily be considered India’s very own Kardashian-Jenner.
Having amassed a massive fan following much before her actual foray into movies meant that the stakes were that much higher for her. Rumour mills went into overdrive every time she was seen walking in and out of the offices of production houses especially those of Dharma Productions helmed by Karan Johar. Almost everyone expected her to be the face of the much-awaited Student Of The Year 2 but just like a masala spin off plot twist, Janhvi was suddenly seen on the trailer of Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khattar. Her male co-star was relatively unknown by comparison but was by no means a complete newbie. Ishaan happens to be the half brother of Shahid Kapoor through his father’s second marriage to Shahid’s mother.
Needless to say the young debutante could not have asked for a better opening into the viciously competitive world of Hindi movies. With the backing of Dharma Productions and the mentoring of Karan Johar, she had the dream team by her side. Both Janhvi and Ishaan have been on a tireless promotional spree rushing from one soiree to another across India. And as expected of every female lead at such events, Janhvi has been turning on the charm for the media and her adoring audiences. Fashion is obviously a major factor in portraying this newbie as the complete package.
Stylists Tanya Ghavri & Priyanka Khanna knew exactly how to curate Janhvi’s looks in keeping with the tone of her role as the quintessential Juliet in a romantic tale of two young and circumstantially challenged lovers. Since the movie is set in small town India, the team had to veer towards more ethnic inspired ensembles to entrench the image of Janhvi’s character into the hearts and minds of her fans.
The charming and feminine silhouettes of her promotional event looks make for the ideal outfit inspirations for those who are looking to update their Indian wedding wardrobes. Janhvi’s looks were easy, breezy and sans OTT embellishments making them especially bookmark worthy for ladies who are excitedly looking forward to playing bridesmaids at any upcoming nuptials. Some of the separates are so versatile that they fit right into your OOTDs as you bounce from a friend’s sangeet to a cousin’s mehendi with just a quick swap of a top or bottom and a makeup touch-up.
No Indian looks would be complete without lehengas and Janhvi boasted plenty of them throughout the promotions. She’s no stranger to stalwart Indian designer names and just like mom, Sridevi, has played muse to quite a few of them. While Manish Malhotra has been a common fixture in her on and off screen wardrobe, this time around she also experimented with a lot of designs by Anamika Khanna. We can’t help but wonder if cousins Sonam & Rhea Kapoor had a small hand in nudging her towards the direction of their favourite Indian designer.
Janhvi was seen in three different Anamika Khanna lehengas and each design was totally unique. The pastel coloured floral crop lehenga with those snazzy pop-arty sandals is fit for an Indian boho-princess. While the navy blue flared lehenga with floral embroidery and curved hem blouse is for every girl who loves ethnic wear with an edge. The white and red straight cut lehenga with patchwork detailing is the ideal blend of gypsy cool and ethnic sophistication.
Janhvi Kapoor In Anamika Khanna
However it wasn’t all restricted to one designer as she mixed it up with other names as well. Even though the shade palette of all the lehengas was decidedly pastel with floral motifs, creations from different design houses ensured that the lehengas had a distinctive flair to them. It’s become customary for Janhvi to wear Manish Malhotra so it was only fitting that she picked an off-shoulder design by him. She was also seen in a cropped indo-western style ensemble by Sonam Luthra as well as a romantic and elegant floral lehenga by Punit Balana. A threadwork embroidered lehenga with a corset top by Sukriti & Akriti finished off the dressy lehenga looks.
Janhvi Kapoor In Manish Malhotra, Sonam Luthra, Punit Balana and Sukriti & Akriti
While all of the above lehengas were clearly meant for formal occasions, Janhvi’s stylists expertly dressed her in watered down yet very chic lehenga-inspired ensembles as well. Palazzo trousers are a comfortable and equally alluring lehenga substitute which is why Janhvi was seen in a palazzo set with a bustier and floral jacket by Jade. We must admit the switch was essential to keep things interesting. She went back to the traditional lehenga silhouette once again albeit with a contemporary twist with Label Anushree’s woven version styled with a textured crop top.
Janhvi Kapoor In Jade & Label Anushree
As Indian designers are constantly blurring the lines of contemporary and ethnic ensembles some styles just don’t fall into either category. It would be utterly boring if Janhvi stuck with only lehengas throughout her movie promotions which is why it was essential for the stylists to push the boundaries of ethnic outfits. They did so with pieces that defied convention but didn’t go all the way into western. A lime yellow gown by Anushree Reddy paired with a crop embroidered jacket, a neon green crop anarkali with a plunging neckline by Manish Malhotra, a draped floral printed dress by Nikasha and a heavily embellished kurta thrown over a dhoti-salwaar by Ritika Mirchandani were some outfits worn by Janhvi to slightly side-step the overly ethnic tag.
Janhvi Kapoor In Anushree Reddy, Manish Malhotra, Nikasha & Ritika Mirchandani
Modern young girls in small town India are no strangers to jeans and tees so even though Janhvi opted for mostly ethic ensembles to stay in character, it would be totally archaic for her to never dress in a few Indo-western pieces. Her stylists skilfully twisted around the old denim and casual t-shirt combination with some snazzy separates and full-length flared kurtis. Red and pink might seem like an odd combination but not with this set of printed frill trousers and overlapping kurta by Anushka Khanna. It wasn’t all complete sets as Janhvi also paired jeans with a very casual yet ultra modern printed long kurta by Jodi. No category would be complete without a Manish Malhotra thrown in so a cold shoulder kurta with a colour blocked hemline and embroidered frills on the sleeves completed that requirement.
Janhvi Kapoor In Anushka Khanna, Jodi & Manish Malhotra
Sources: Vogue.in, Indiatoday.com, Indianexpress.com, Pinkvilla.com