|Step out in Style: Sridevi|
|Sri & Sabya|
Though man of the moment, Sabyasachi's, ethnic chic made headlines over the last year, particularly as Sridevi walked the catwalk for him and he designed her impeccable look in English Vinglish, Sridevi remained loyal and faithful to the ol' guard of Bollywood fashion, Manish Malhotra. In fact, she opted more for Manish than any other designer in 2012.
|Sridevi with Manish Malhotra|
|Western Wear; click to enlarge|
Go West: Be it her DVF casuals, or Beppe pantsuits or the figure hugging Herve Legers, Sridevi's western wear was a hodgepodge of comfort and couture. It's hard to pick a favourite look, as its a toss between her uber casual yellow shirt on her first CNN IBN interview, or her Ellie Saab gown at the Apsara Awards back in Jan 2012, Sridevi made it work. And how!
|Sabyasachi Mukherjee with Sridevi, click to enlarge.|
Sab Ka Sabyasachi: It's hard to believe but less than two years ago, not many among the glitterati had ever had of the multi-syllabic Bengali, Sabysachi Mukherjee. With his proclivity for mixing fabrics, fonts and prints, all of a distinctly ethnic stamp, he brought a very Indian aesthetic to the forefront, shunning the glitz and glam of aspirational Western trends. Instead of looking out, he looked within India for inspiration and Sridevi, a fastidious champion of the sari, found him long before the current crop of wanna-be stars. And its been a match made in fashion-heaven. He made the simple sari, a must-have and an arabesque print, precious. The two defining moments of their incredible collaboration have been the grand premiere of English Vinglish in Toronto and the grand finale of Sabyasachi's show at couture week in Delhi. Capital moments.
|Manish Malhotra for Sridevi; click to enlarge.|
Muse and Malhotra; It's hard to say who's a bigger fan, Manish of Sri, or Sri of Manish's work? Whatever the case may be, Sridevi never shied away from giving Manish a call for a multitude of events. She looked regal in her red ensemble at the Marrakesh Film Festival, flawless at the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and brought out the moon-lit charms of her Chandni days when she went to Hyderabad in a white lace sari, streaked with shades of red. We can't wait to see more Manish-Sridevi-moments in the coming year!
Words: P. Ramakrishnan