Fashionista extraordinaire Sonam Kapoor can do no wrong in our book. A style heavyweight on our radar since her Cher Horowitz-inspired character in the 2010 film Aisha, she has come into her own in the last year.
From walking the ramp as a showstopper for Rohit Bal to making the best dressed list with each red carpet appearance at the Cannes Film Festival and having Salvatore Ferragamo make a custom shoe just for her, she has given us multiple occasions to both love her for the flawless example she sets, and be just a little bit green with envy at the thought that her wardrobe is overflowing with fabulous couture creations. Gracing over 100 magazine covers to date, she is a rare woman who has a signature style that can be called versatile, classy and fierce at the same time. With a serious bag fetish, Sonam’s collection includes the oh-so-covetable Prada Skin and the Prada Fringe bag and the Marc Jacobs’ Stam bag. She also owns a handful of Gucci, Chanel and studded Swarovski clutches, and she’s not afraid to flaunt them.
2013 is undisputedly the year that Sonam taught us all a masterclass in style and taking risks with what one chooses to wear, and we’re definitely not complaining. The reason that she manages to look effortlessly chic in both traditional Eastern attire and avant garde Western gowns is because she understands the fundamental of fashion, perhaps more so than any other actor in Bollywood thus far. Some of her key style tips are “work a daring trend in a classic silhouette,” and “balance the natural sexiness of sheer fabrics with soft, feminine details and, if required, conservative touches.” It’s safe to say that this diva is singlehandedly responsible for making all her peers step up their style game.
In an Alexander McQueen long-sleeved crepe-and-velvet-panelled Pre-Fall 2013 gown with decadent gold embroidered details around the plunging neckline and shoulders, which she accented with a signature McQueen military-style belt, at the Vogue Beauty Awards 2013. She picked up the ‘Beauty of the Year’ award.
Sporting a peplum dress and a matching coat from Rahul Mishra’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection and Louis Vuitton handbag, luggage and boots for the June 2013 issue of Hello Magazine. Wondering where she’s headed with all those bags? To the top of our best dressed list of course.
Graceful in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen couture voluminous red gown embellished with flowers and Dolce and Gabbana chandelier earrings on the cover of Vogue India’s Style List 2013 issue.
In Anamika Khanna before her shoot for L’Oreal Paris
In an unforgettable Anamika Khanna Couture white lace sari featuring intricate gold embroidery at the premiere of The Great Gatsby at Cannes 2013.
In a Barbara Casasola fall 2013 two tone lavender and deep purple crepe de chine dress featuring wide pleats and double sided pockets.
Young and beautiful in a flirty and feminine Dolce and Gabbana ballgown and floral heels for the Jeune and Jolie premiere at Cannes 2013.
With Creative Director Karl Lagarfeld and Freida Pinto at the Chanel Paris-Bombay Show. Are those vintage Chanel pearls we spy?
Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2013.