6 Bollywood style icons you need to know


By Joan Kong

6 Bollywood style icons you need to know

Bollywood is, no doubt, one of the biggest film industries in the world. Over the decades, it has launched the careers of global icons including the late Durga Khote, Smita Patil, Ashwarya Rai and more. But film accolades aside, we’re delving into the actresses’ on and off-duty style which are not any less note-worthy than their Hollywood counterparts. Below, are the six style stars you should take note of right now, who not only have a huge following in India, but the rest of the world.

Priyanka Chopra

After achieveing It-status in India, Priyanka Chopra went on to star in American series Quantico which catapulted her career in Hollywood. Fast forward four years later, the Indian actress is one of the most sought-after stars internationally. Her three-day wedding to Nick Jonas last year was dubbed the event of the year. One thing that can’t be missed, is how her style has evolved throughout the years. With the help of her stylist Mimi Cuttrell, who also dresses It-girls Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber, Priyanka is always spotted in pulled together yet unexpected ensembles that make her a style star in her own right.

Deepika Padukone

Another celeb who’s constantly on the international best dressed list? Deepika Padukone. The statuesque star is always pulling off the boldest of looks effortlessly, including larger-than-life tulle ball gowns (cue her Giambattista Valli dress at the recent Mumbai Film Festival). Also a regular at Cannes over the last few years, her red carpet ensembles are some of our favourites.

Alia Bhatt

At 26 years old, rising star Alia Bhatt is the youngest on our list, but her style is not one to be missed. From a mini dress-thigh high boots combo to a bustier gown, her contemporary looks never fail to exude that hint of girlieness, and we love how she’s not afraid to experiment when it comes to fashion.

Anushka Sharma

Scroll through Anushka Sharma’s Instagram and you’ll notice her oh-so-cool style that makes her a standout on our list, whether it’s a three-piece checked pantsuit with a gilded ear cuff, or a T-shirt and jeans combo on days off. The Sabyasachi lehenga she wore for her 2017 wedding to cricketer Virat Kohli is still one of the most searched and talked about bridal looks today.

Sonam Kapoor

It’s impossible to mention fashionable Bollywood stars without thinking of Sonam Kapoor. The actress is a risk-taker when it comes to her style, and she has her stylist-slash-sister, Rhea, to credit for it. Some of her most striking looks as of late include the risqué deep V-neck look by emerging Irish designer Sharon Waucob, the full Ralph Lauren pantsuit, and the sari by Abhinav Mishra.

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai needs no introduction. Often dubbed as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, the 45-year-old actress is one of the most celebrated actresses in the industry. When it comes to style, she’s often spotted in fit-and-flare silhouettes and radiates glamour like no other—just look at her Cannes ensembles over the years (Fun fact: Rai has attended the film festival every year since 2001). We especially love how she also opts to wear the traditional sari during her international appearances.

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