Kicking off awards season this year were the Filmfare Awards held in Mumbai. For 80s or 90s kids the Filmfare Awards were nothing less than the Indian Oscars. It was a simpler time before every media outlet, television channel and event company decided they needed to have their own version of Bollywood awards. Everyone tuned in to the watch the Filmfare Awards and argued over why their personal favourites should walk away with the coveted ‘Black Lady’ – the term used to affectionately describe the Filmfare trophy.
These days the Filmfare Awards are just one amongst a plethora of award shows marred by numerous controversies. But we would rather focus on the good than the bad. Several awards shows provide that many more opportunities to furiously troll our favourite celebrities on their social media for a glimpse of their stunning outfits. Giving us even more fashion inspirations for all those social occasions that require us to be killing it just like the stars.
However each glamorous and lusciously styled celebrity outfit comes with an equally sizeable price tag that very very few people can afford. The celebrities themselves often borrow their entire ensemble from design houses that budget for these outings as part of their marketing expenditure. So until we hit the career jackpot and finally become billionaires or win the lottery, us mere mortals have to either choose between a roof over our heads for a year or that one drool-worthy outfit. Before you start making some crazy plans to live on your friends’ couches or move back in with your parents for the sake of one dress (no matter how amazing!) here are some alternatives that are way less life-changing to pay for while also ensuring that you’re going to be slaying it like a superstar diva.
No surprises here given that Sonam Kapoor is a permanent fixture on every best dressed Indian celebrity list. Her Filmfare Awards gown was a tantalising play of textures between sheer and opaque with beautiful 3D floral motifs. Designed by one of her personal favourites Elie Saab, it was without a doubt one of the BEST outfits on the Filmfare Awards red carpet. Replicate the interplay of different fabrics and embroideries while showing some leg just like Sonam Kapoor in the Versatile Pink Net Gown by Mandira Wirk. If the flowers on Elie Saab’s creation made you swoon then the Versatile Yellow Floral Dress by Kashmiraa is the perfect pocket friendly find for you, with the added touch of sensuality from the sheer net.
Winner Alia Bhatt has come a long way from her teeny bopper dressing days looking all grown up and ladylike in a blush pink Prabal Gurung gown. The voluminous flare and subtle jacquard print is the stuff of Disney princess meets Audrey Hepburn dreams. Alia proves that ball gowns are not just for weddings and little girls’ birthday parties if done right and we love her for it. Channel your own inner royalty in Siddartha Tytler’s designs. The Applique Detailed Striped Ball Gown is the one for those who adore pretty pastels while the Stunning Black Taffeta Ball Gown is for just about everyone.
She may not have had any serious movie roles to boast about but Sunny Leone definitely made her presence felt on the Filmfare Awards red carpet. Dressed in a sultry red gown by Swapnil Shinde, she was definitely one of the sexiest dressed celebrities. The plunging neckline and side cut outs could have easily tipped over into the too-much-skin category but Sunny Leone towed the line between vulgar and sophisticated effortlessly. The side cut outs from her original design are definitely not for those who relish their cupcakes but can’t stand the treadmill. The Night Blue Evening Gown by Michelle Salins with its sheer nude panels is the ultimate cheat for rocking the look without sweating it out at the gym. For others who can’t do without their daily dose of working out and posses the body to prove it, embracing Sunny’s fearless style should be a breeze in Siddartha Tytler’s in Sequined Cut-Out Dress or Three Toned Dress.
Mrs. Goodenough made a rare public appearance at the Filmfare Awards looking utterly resplendent in a canary yellow one-shoulder gown by Vidhi Wadhwani. The mermaid style cut could have looked extremely dated without the lovely layered and abstract detailing on the top. The Powder Blue Floret Gown by Kashmiraa has a very similar aesthetic with its floral embellishment and contrasting mermaid ruffles. If you’re after the colour from Preity’s gown the Orange Neoprene Gown is an every so slightly brighter hue of the same shade also featuring a one-shoulder neckline and a more relaxed mermaid cut. And because the one-shoulder style gown is a cult classic it’s never a bad idea to invest in something like the Black Gown with Mauve Flap by Riddhi and Revika. The basic colours and side slit make the gown totally wearable regardless of trends.
Giving every chubby girl out there instant motivation to get healthy and get moving was Sonakshi Sinha whose body transformation has been just as incredible as her style evolution. From frumpy to fantastic the newly svelte Ms. Sinha rocked a black cold shoulder ruffle number by Gauri and Nainika. Cold shoulders and ruffles are so on point for every occasion that we’re enjoying the fact that Sonakshi decided to showcase a blend of both trends at the Filmfare Awards red carpet. If you’re totally digging the cold shoulder and ruffle vibe you can’t beat the cutesy appeal of the Pleated Powder Blue Dress by Riddhi and Revika. But if ruffles are more your thing then take your pick between the Blue Latex Cascade Dress by Siddartha Tytler or the Red Waterfall Yoke Dress by Riddhi and Revika.
Sources: Buzzfeed.com, Esales.com, Strandofsilk.com