Prominent fashion designer and writer, Wendell Rodricks on what Kareena Kapoor gets absolutely right and where there’s room for improvement... exclusively for Cine Blitz!
Let’s face it. We are dealing with royalty here. Kareena Kapoor is blue-blooded via HiFI and by marriage to the Nawab of Pataudi. So can she put her royal toe wrong on the fashion stakes? Take a look at the photographs on display.
Her Fashioness can carry it all off. From a shimmering demure sari to a cocktail dress. Posing for the shutterbugs in a manner that is wonderfully non-toothy, Kareena manages to pull off all looks with ease. She is no crowd-pleaser with a big mega-watt smile. Instead she opts for the mysterious Mona Lisa smile... that is a rarity in HiFI. It can come from the smug fact that her great grandfather and grandfather have passed on their genes to a beatific result. It is not just the hint of a smile but the nonchalance that is commendable. Her make-up is immaculate, hair glossy in place and the overall look poised to perfection.
For public appearances, the Begum of Pataudi is a stylist’s dream. I will not be surprised if, on many occasions, she might be her own stylist. This is not an actress who will wear Dior because someone is pushing the gown on her. In fact, I can imagine that the grand labels must have a hard time convincing this diva to wear them. But when she does, she wears it like she shopped for it herself.
A red carpet these days is not the style idiom of the actress. We have witnessed sufficient blunders and hurrahs at Cannes when an actress has chosen a certain designer to bestow her endorsement on an appearance. It is away from the red carpet that Kareena shows her true style. A tank top with a gypsy skirt and perfect low-key accessories to a dinner at a Mumbai restaurant... That is where she shines. Flip-flops never looked better. Red carpet be damned! This is the true style of a trendsetter.