Love her or hate her, we have to admit that Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is a fashion force that the world seems to be obsessed with. Be it at the alter, on the red carpet or in life, she seems to exude her own stylish edge.
Just one look at Priyanka's Instagram - which boasts over 43 million followers - shows her bedazzling life on the fashion front. There she is sitting front row at Paris Couture Week, taking risks at the Met Gala, making everyone do a double take at Cannes Film Festival, and grabbing headlines with her wedding wardrobe, reported InStyle.
Considering that Priyanka's career straddles two continents, it's important to mention the woman behind her sensational fashion evolution. While many are familiar with her partnership with celebrity stylist Mimi Cuttrell, the Isn't It Romantic star works closely with a personal stylist back home for her appearances in India: Ami Patel.
“I still remember the first time I met Priyanka — it was at L’Officiel India’s (where I was the fashion director at the time) Bollywood issue shoot at designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s home in Mumbai,” reveals Patel. It was August 2007.
“Priyanka’s vibe had always been sexy. So we did a lot of draped dresses, sheer saris and strapless jumpsuits in the beginning. A gold lamé Gaurav Gupta sari was the first look I styled her in,” she says, adding that Priyanka's love for the silhouette is well-documented obsession.
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It was an exciting time for the fashion stylist to work with the Bollywood star who was fast becoming a box office sensation and charting her way to Hollywood stardom.
Who can forget The Sky is Pink actor's white strapless Gauri & Nainika gown for the Grammy Awards in 2012 with vintage waves. It was one of the first international red carpet looks the stylist curated for her.
In terms of Priyanka's outfit front-runners, the stylist she quips that the winners generally balance comfort with unconventionality. Pantsuits, coordinated separates and monotones are her go-to.
Of course, the actor's Internet-breaking mega wedding to Nick Jonas in Jodhpur, India definitely tops that list. Patel received the news over a routine WhatsApp conversation, with less than two months to put this bridal wardrobe together.
The brief for the main ceremony was clear: matte, tone-and-tone embroidery, and red. The stylist worked closely with designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee to curate the look. “Priyanka loves personalized touches, so Nick’s name was embroidered on the belt in Devanagari script. Her kaleeras [ornaments tied to the bride’s bangles] too were customized, featuring motifs meaningful to the couple,” reveals Patel.
“Priyanka did not want to be a typical bride. She wanted to set a new standard, show girls that you can do it your way.”
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