The ethereal traditional Indian weave has been reinvented time and again by some maverick Indian designers. Playing muses to these designers and modeling the sarees with their resplendent charm are the Bollywood divas who never fail to astound us with their style switches. While western ensembles are dazzling, the nine-yard with its affable charm even has International designers swooning over. In the globalized fashion scene, the saree retains its distinct vibe and is versatile as contemporary ideas are often infused. While the diva who regularly makes those stunning saree statements in Bollywood is Sonam Kapoor, other tinsel town beauties too up the style quotient once in a while and when they do, they unfailingly inspire us to don the Indian wear! Sashaying such contemporary sarees, tinsel town beauties that went on to dazzle us this week include Kajol, Vidya Balan, Sridevi, Sushmita Sen, Sridevi, Bani J and Sayani Gupta.
The saree-fever seems to have gripped the tinsel town as a bevy of beauties chose to skip their western outfits and flaunt sarees with an enviable well-toned body and aplomb! With a plethora of contemporary designs, these beauties are absolutely pushing the saree envelope to the hilt and here’s a curated lookbook of sarees immortalized by them.
The actress who was last seen in Dilwale opposite Shah Rukh Khan cheered for her buddy and designer Manish Malhotra at the Mijwan fashion show, an initiative by Shabana Azmi and the designer. Wearing an ethereal ivory colored satin saree by Manish Malhotra, replete with an embellished blouse with an ornate neck, Kajol teamed it with a pop of bright lip color and sported a vintage hairdo.
Radiating a glow at the same show as Kajol, the English Vinglish actress, Sridevi flaunted a satin silk sari by Manish Malhotra. Stealing the show from the saree was the cape blouse that Sridevi balanced well with middle parted hair and a muted metallic clutch. Dark eyes and light fuchsia lips rounded up her look.
Ringing in a cheerful and summery vibe with a yellow Manish Malhotra saree with a silver blouse, Sushmita Sen attended the Mijwan fashion show and rounded up her look with a silver bag. A minimal makeup of delicately done eyes and nude pink lips rounded up her look.
The Kahaani 2 actress who never shies from flaunting the nine yard whenever she steps out, we are quite conversant with Vidya Balan’s fascination for the saree. Choosing two earthy toned sarees for back to back promotions of Begum Jaan, Vidya flaunted an Eka linen one and then an Anavila. A constant accessory companion that complimented her saree looks were the Inaayat nose-pins that added oodles of charm to her ensemble.
The Eka saree was aptly accessorized with Mine of Design jewelry and the Anavila saree with Amrapali. Vidya chose to flaunt dark smoky eyes and nude pink lips for both her saree looks. Both her saree looks were styled by the Who Wore What When duo Pranay Jaitly and Shounak Amonkar.
For the sangeet ceremony of the popular couple, Mandana Karimi and Gaurav Gupta, former Bigg Boss contestant, Bani J chose an Olive/ Mustard Military Skirt Saree from The Sewing Company. A gold clutch, statement earrings, and a snazzy updo complimented her look. She was styled by celeb stylist Devki B. Strong eyebrows, nude lips and dark eyes rounded up her look.
The young fashionista with her delightful style sense pulls off some quirky ensembles without a flinch. Donning the traditional weave on two such occasions, Sayani Gupta wore a Sabyasachi saree for the DFW South Asian Film Festival and accessorized her look with Maaleka Jewellery from Masaya. She was styled by celeb stylist Shreeja Rajgopal. Bold eyes, nude lips, and that stylish bob upped her look.
Wearing a metallic weave from 431-88 by Shweta Kapur, Sayani aptly paired it with a white frilly blouse and attended the screening of her movie, Leeches at the DFW South Asian Film Festival and accessorized her look with jewelry from Masaya and stepped into a pair of bright burgundy colored heels. A bright lip color and the signature short bob rounded up her edgy look.
So which of these is your favorite saree look? Making a sartorially strong point with their varied saree styles, these Bollywood beauties are absolutely re-igniting our saree love, urging us to make a beeline for our stashed away nine-yards!