10 Notable looks of Oscars 2016

Oscars is finally here! Unfortunately, being across the pond means I have to resort to viewing online clips the next day to write my review; I miss the real time experience. This year’s red carpet was a bit of a disappointment- all the gowns were unoriginal, nothing that was absolutely unique.

Here are my 10 notable looks from Oscars 2016

Brie

Brie Lawson (Source: Getty Images)

This year’s best actress winner Brie Lawson in this blue ruffled Gucci gown with a sparkling belt. While I am in love with the color, it has too many ruffles and her hair was all wrong.

Alicia

Alicia Vikander (Source: Getty Images)

The other winner, Alicia Vikander, wore a yellow strapless Louis Vuitton number, which looks inspired by Beauty and the Beast. While it is definitely different from the typical red carpet gowns, it looks like a prom dress.

J Law

Jennifer Lawrence (Source: Getty Images)

Red carpet favorite Jennifer Lawrence wore a sleeveless black Dior Haute Couture gown to compliment her new platinum hair. It isn’t the most original gown, the hair and dress worked together.

Priyanka

Priyanka Chopra (Source: Getty Images)

Desi Girl Priyanka Chopra put India on the map, presenting at the Oscars. She looked incredible in this strapless Zuhair Murad gown. Priyanka was in all the press for her 8 million dollars worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, including 50 carat earrings- I am not a fan of the earrings. It doesn’t look like 50 carat real diamond earrings, more like the fake cubic zirconia ones. But all in all, great moment for Priyanka, well done!

Jen Garner

Jennifer Garner (Source: Getty Images)

Back in the singles market, Jennifer Garner stunned in this strapless black Versace gown with an asymmetrical neckline, showcasing her incredibly toned body.

Chrissy

Chrissy Teigen (Source: Getty Images)

Now this is pregnancy fashion done right! Chrissy Teigen wore a floral embellished Marchesa gown, which clung her blossoming bump.

Charlize

Charlize Theron (Source: Getty Images)

Charlize Theron wore a daring low cut and slinky red number by Christian Dior along with a 48.8 carat Harry Winston diamond necklace, along with 15.49 carat diamond earrings and a cushion cut diamond ring. She wore an impressive haul of 3.7 million dollars worth of jewelry. While her jewelry was impressive, Charlize’s gown is extremely similar to her prior Oscar looks. Come on Charlize, try something new!

Naomi

Naomi Watts (Source: Getty Images)

Another flashback from previous Oscars was Naomi Watts in strapless sapphire and amethyst Armani Prive gown, with a statement diamond necklace from Bulgari. The beading and sparkles look a bit tacky, and the look is a bore.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara (Source: Getty Images)

Sofia Vergara wowed with her curves in his strapless midnight blue Marchesa gown with silver details. While it isn’t the most unique gown, it is a departure from her typical mermaid style gowns. Sofia complemented the look with dangling 65 carat sapphire and diamond earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. I am not a fan of Sofia’s earrings or hair-do, but amazing outfit all in all!

Cate

Cate Blanchett (Source: Getty Images)

One of the stars to watch on the red carpet is Cate Blanchett, she is never boring and has the most unique style. This Oscars, she wore a green plunging Armani Prive gown. It was a polarizing dress, hitting best and worst dressed lists everywhere. I am not a fan of the color, it washes her out and the flower detail was cheap. Great attempt at bringing life to the red carpet, but sadly wrong choice of gown.

That wraps it up! Share your best and worst looks below…

Filmfare 2014- Fashion round-up

It’s award season all over the globe, with my childhood favorite Filmfare Awards in India. The awards show bring up so many memories- as a chid, I used to get so excited to see song and dance performances, over the top outfits.

This year saw a lot more gowns.. Here is a rundown of the notable looks!

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

The Best Actress award winner Deepika Padukone looked absolutely incredible in this gold gown with cutouts by Gaurav Gupta. The gown highlighted her impossibly perfect figure, and the soft waves hair styling made her look like a movie star. One word- Perfection!

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra looked stylish in this black strapless Alexander McQueen gown. She looked fantastic, but I felt like the gown made her look too thin.

Karishma Kapoor

Karishma Kapoor

Karishma Kapoor wore a chocolate colored saree gown by Anamika Khanna. This outfit to me is just bizarre- it took me a while to even realize that the bottom half was a saree not a skirt.

 

Prachi Desai

Prachi Desai

Prachi Desai wore a peach colored gown by Swapnil Shine with thigh high slits. Nothing wrong with teh gown, but it is just on the wrong person, I don’t think she has the body for it or the attitude to carry it off.

 

Kajol

Kajol

Kajol is wearing a one shouldered animal print gown by Nandita Mahtani. This outfit hits my worst list for many reasons. Firstly, the dress doesn’t fit her right and she has literally done nothing with her hair- on a night that your mother is getting the lifetime achievement award, she should have taken a bit more effort. Secondly, this outfit is more fit if she is auditioning for the Real Housewives of Miami- perfect for lounging by the pool. Fail!

Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry

Sophie looked incredible in a red strapless peplum own by BCBG Maxazria.

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza wore a gold/black combination saree pant outfit. This is another fashion trend that baffles me- why combine too different outfits-either wear a saree or pants! It almost looks like they ran out of fabric! Not a fan!

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta looked lovely in this a one shouldered blue Gauri and Nainika gown.

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin wore a black Anarkali dress by Sabyasachi Mukerjee. The dressed suited Kalki, but it is the most repeated outfit on the red carpet. Let’s try something else for a change!

That rounds its up for me- what do you think? Do you agree?

Top 10 Bollywood headlines in 2013

My family and friends know me as the source for gossip and I take my responsibility seriously! As 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to take over the job of newspapers, and list the Bollywood news that grabbed headlines.

(Please note: The view expressed in this blog are mine and for information purposes only. I make no representations on accuracy or completeness of any information on this site).

1) Hrithik and Suzanne Break up

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Boy meets girl as a teenager, and get married just after his first movie- sounds like a fairy tale but ended as a disaster. Hrithik and Suzanne’s marriage was on the tabloids since his movie Kites and the rumored affair with Barbara Mori, but the separation announcement was a shocker. There are stories about Suzanne’s closeness to Arjun Ramphal, issues with in-laws- Hrithik’s statement suggested it was initiated by Suzanne. Fans are hoping for a reconciliation, but according the Bejan Daruwalla (Times of India astrologer) , he will get re-married in 2015.

2) Salman opened up

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Salman surprised everyone by appearing on Koffee with Karan- what did we find out? He has learnt to lie and that he is a virgin!

3) Shah Rukh Khan had a son, and was in the middle of controversy

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Shah Rukh Khan had a son- Abram, through a surrogate. But he landed in hot soup with the authorities, after there were stories about him conducting a sex determination test (deemed illegal in India). After an inquiry, he was given a clean chit; but the story made headlines the world over.

4) Ranbir and Katrina are a couple (we think!)

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Bollywood’s favorite bachelor is dating Katrina- at least based on tons of stories, vacation pictures, and set visits. Of course, there are no confirmations from either of them but we are safe to assume it is true (at least based on Ranbir Kareena Koffee with karan episode).

5) Aamir Khan danced, rode bikes 

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As the new villain of the Dhoom franchise, Aamir Khan rode bikes, tap danced, even gymnastics. Suddenly he was all over the media with his fedora. My expectations were sky high, but the movie did not live up to the hype. Maybe he couldn’t fill in John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan’s shoes as ultimate anti-heroes.

6) Sanjay Dutt goes to jail, but keeps finding ways out

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Sanjay Dutt was convicted to 5 years in prison for his involvement in TADA case- he went to prison to complete the remaining 42 months. There was a wave of sympathy- Bollywood put up messages supporting him. He came out first for ill health in October, and now for his wife’s health problems. Of course, there were headlines about all of this- was Sanjay’s issues serious? would other prisoners have received the same treatment? Was his wife really ill, after all she was spotted at premiers and parties)?  My 2 cents- he committed the crime, he should do the time (without any special treatment).

7) Farhan Akhtar outruns Bollywood, Mikha Singh style

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In one of the best movies of the year, Farhan Akhtar showed us what real acting is about- no styling and props, he was just all about the character. He took 2 years to get in shape and look like MIlkha Singh. In my opinion, it is one of Farhan’s best performances in his career, and helped launch the movie in to the list of top 10 hits for 2013.

8) Priyanka sings with Pitbull

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Priyanka showed us she can sign by launching a single ‘In My City’. She went on to sing with Pitbull, and gave dozens of press conferences about it. Frankly, the song was very average- she sounded affected and fake, and she looked like a mash of music video outfits of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears,etc. Not memorable at all!

9) The story by numbers

Top 10 movies in 2013 by collections: Krrish 3, Dhoom 3, Chennai Express, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ramleela, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Grand Masti, Race 2, Aashiqui 2, Special 26.

As a trend, I look at this and one thing stands out- 5 out of the 10 movies are sequels. We seem to love reinventing the same stories! Another point to note, 4 out of the 10 movies have Deepika Padukone- no need to guess who is the top top actress!

10) Continues stories that make headlines

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Will John Abraham get married to Priya?ImageWill Rani Mukherjee marry Aditya Chopra?

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When will Aishwarya make a comeback to movies?

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Will Salman stay single forever?

So many questions, so little answers. Maybe 2014 might offer some!

Drop a comment if you agree, disagree…..

Happy New Year!