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Prominent fashion designer and writer, Wendell Rodricks critiques the fashion fundas of the absolutely irresistible Ranbir Kapoor… exclusively for Cine Blitz!


For an actor who had a debut like the fabled Emperor’s new clothes - all hinged on a ‘will that towel drop or will it not?’ - Ranbir Kapoor is far removed from his Sanjay Leela Bhansali film that endeared him to the nation. In retrospect, mercifully the towel did not drop! It would have left the star and the audience blue in the face... Quite like the blue-tinted colouring of the film. Personally, I think Bhansali has a vision for his films and the blue tone was artistic; it did not warrant the criticism it unduly received.


Though the nervous star revealed to a stunned press, at designer Arjun Khanna’s show during Lakme Fashion Week, that he “has zero style sense,” those in the business know fully well that a star’s wardrobe rarely is their own choice. The stylist of a film or an event possesses those reins of power. So seeing Ranbir Kapoor badly dressed ever is slim. Prudently, he has wisely stuck to his role – acting – and left a team to handle the rest.


In earlier shots of the star, an intelligent hairdresser noticed that the long straight locks he then sported made his face appear elongated. They were chopped off to create a spiky youthful look. Same with the stubble. The earlier baby boy ‘chikna’ face gave way to a designer stubble which has worked wonders for Ranbir’s looks.


Comparing casual and high-on-style events, the star and his stylist stick with two formulas that go perfectly with the youth, naughtiness and star quality of Kapoor. Early in his career, in the post SAAWARIYA phase, I was astounded by his acting prowess. He could take a character and make it his own. Clothes paled into insignificance. As often did his co-stars. Watch a dance scene and his energy clearly rules the screen. The same with an emotional role, where he can stay true to his art and deliver a sterling performance.


Prominent fashion designer and writer, Wendell Rodricks critiques the fashion fundas of the absolutely irresistible Ranbir Kapoor… exclusively for Cine Blitz!


For an actor who had a debut like the fabled Emperor’s new clothes - all hinged on a ‘will that towel drop or will it not?’ - Ranbir Kapoor is far removed from his Sanjay Leela Bhansali film that endeared him to the nation. In retrospect, mercifully the towel did not drop! It would have left the star and the audience blue in the face... Quite like the blue-tinted colouring of the film. Personally, I think Bhansali has a vision for his films and the blue tone was artistic; it did not warrant the criticism it unduly received.


Though the nervous star revealed to a stunned press, at designer Arjun Khanna’s show during Lakme Fashion Week, that he “has zero style sense,” those in the business know fully well that a star’s wardrobe rarely is their own choice. The stylist of a film or an event possesses those reins of power. So seeing Ranbir Kapoor badly dressed ever is slim. Prudently, he has wisely stuck to his role – acting – and left a team to handle the rest.


In earlier shots of the star, an intelligent hairdresser noticed that the long straight locks he then sported made his face appear elongated. They were chopped off to create a spiky youthful look. Same with the stubble. The earlier baby boy ‘chikna’ face gave way to a designer stubble which has worked wonders for Ranbir’s looks.


Comparing casual and high-on-style events, the star and his stylist stick with two formulas that go perfectly with the youth, naughtiness and star quality of Kapoor. Early in his career, in the post SAAWARIYA phase, I was astounded by his acting prowess. He could take a character and make it his own. Clothes paled into insignificance. As often did his co-stars. Watch a dance scene and his energy clearly rules the screen. The same with an emotional role, where he can stay true to his art and deliver a sterling performance.


In real life then is another Ranbir. He is young, fun, sexy and confident. His largely jeans and T-shirts with track shoes look work brilliantly. Everything works perfectly in tandem. With his penchant for track shoes though, his stylist and Ranbir himself can consider visiting a Christian Louboutin store and zero in on the studded punk style sneakers and loafers. They would create a fashionable edge that will suit the star’s naughty expressions.


The same for evenings out. Instead of formal shoes for his suits, more suited to an older star, our King-in-waiting can seek style and pizzazz in a stainless steel metal-tipped Louboutin brogue with its distinctive red sole. Or alternately, sample the fabulous custom-made Berluti footwear on his next visit to London or Paris. These are works of art so desired that even Andy Warhol went for the scarred leather which a cow used to scratch its back on. The shoe found a fan following. As did the Berluti piercing shoes, the tattoo loafers and the grand shoes made from a single seamless piece of leather.


For formal suits, Ranbir is too young to go for formal shawls and men-in-black suits. A splashy muffler from Missoni or a local brightly-coloured Pashmina will add colour to functions where most men look like black-suited penguins. For cut and perfect style, a Hedi Slimane bomber jacket or sharply cut suit at Yves Saint Laurent will serve up a new sharp Ranbir.


In a recent video by a fashion magazine where Ranbir is flirting with an international supermodel film star, it is impressive to see the shirtless Kapoor go all hot and lusty in the shoot. It will be one of the magazine’s few male covers and will further the star’s image. My personal hunch is that he will go the Leonardo DiCaprio way. He has proved his chocolate face roles and will now go for heavier character roles in which his blue blood acting genes from the legendary Raj Kapoor will stand him in fine stead. It is then that the blue tones of Bhansali’s film will be a fabulous match to DiCaprio’s saga TITANIC and Kapoor will go for the jugular that made DiCaprio a force to reckon with in BLOOD DIAMONDS and other recent power busters.


For a star who claims he has zero style substance, we the public will not care. Clothes be damned, just give us the strength, the subtlety, power, passion and potency of great acting skills.


Ranbir Kapoor...rock on!


This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Cine Blitz Magazine

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The Prince’s New Clothes

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Prominent fashion designer and writer, Wendell Rodricks critiques the fashion fundas of the absolutely irresistible Ranbir Kapoor… exclusively for Cine Blitz!


For an actor who had a debut like the fabled Emperor’s new clothes - all hinged on a ‘will that towel drop or will it not?’ - Ranbir Kapoor is far removed from his Sanjay Leela Bhansali film that endeared him to the nation. In retrospect, mercifully the towel did not drop! It would have left the star and the audience blue in the face... Quite like the blue-tinted colouring of the film. Personally, I think Bhansali has a vision for his films and the blue tone was artistic; it did not warrant the criticism it unduly received.


Though the nervous star revealed to a stunned press, at designer Arjun Khanna’s show during Lakme Fashion Week, that he “has zero style sense,” those in the business know fully well that a star’s wardrobe rarely is their own choice. The stylist of a film or an event possesses those reins of power. So seeing Ranbir Kapoor badly dressed ever is slim. Prudently, he has wisely stuck to his role – acting – and left a team to handle the rest.


In earlier shots of the star, an intelligent hairdresser noticed that the long straight locks he then sported made his face appear elongated. They were chopped off to create a spiky youthful look. Same with the stubble. The earlier baby boy ‘chikna’ face gave way to a designer stubble which has worked wonders for Ranbir’s looks.


Comparing casual and high-on-style events, the star and his stylist stick with two formulas that go perfectly with the youth, naughtiness and star quality of Kapoor. Early in his career, in the post SAAWARIYA phase, I was astounded by his acting prowess. He could take a character and make it his own. Clothes paled into insignificance. As often did his co-stars. Watch a dance scene and his energy clearly rules the screen. The same with an emotional role, where he can stay true to his art and deliver a sterling performance.


Prominent fashion designer and writer, Wendell Rodricks critiques the fashion fundas of the absolutely irresistible Ranbir Kapoor… exclusively for Cine Blitz!


For an actor who had a debut like the fabled Emperor’s new clothes - all hinged on a ‘will that towel drop or will it not?’ - Ranbir Kapoor is far removed from his Sanjay Leela Bhansali film that endeared him to the nation. In retrospect, mercifully the towel did not drop! It would have left the star and the audience blue in the face... Quite like the blue-tinted colouring of the film. Personally, I think Bhansali has a vision for his films and the blue tone was artistic; it did not warrant the criticism it unduly received.


Though the nervous star revealed to a stunned press, at designer Arjun Khanna’s show during Lakme Fashion Week, that he “has zero style sense,” those in the business know fully well that a star’s wardrobe rarely is their own choice. The stylist of a film or an event possesses those reins of power. So seeing Ranbir Kapoor badly dressed ever is slim. Prudently, he has wisely stuck to his role – acting – and left a team to handle the rest.


In earlier shots of the star, an intelligent hairdresser noticed that the long straight locks he then sported made his face appear elongated. They were chopped off to create a spiky youthful look. Same with the stubble. The earlier baby boy ‘chikna’ face gave way to a designer stubble which has worked wonders for Ranbir’s looks.


Comparing casual and high-on-style events, the star and his stylist stick with two formulas that go perfectly with the youth, naughtiness and star quality of Kapoor. Early in his career, in the post SAAWARIYA phase, I was astounded by his acting prowess. He could take a character and make it his own. Clothes paled into insignificance. As often did his co-stars. Watch a dance scene and his energy clearly rules the screen. The same with an emotional role, where he can stay true to his art and deliver a sterling performance.


In real life then is another Ranbir. He is young, fun, sexy and confident. His largely jeans and T-shirts with track shoes look work brilliantly. Everything works perfectly in tandem. With his penchant for track shoes though, his stylist and Ranbir himself can consider visiting a Christian Louboutin store and zero in on the studded punk style sneakers and loafers. They would create a fashionable edge that will suit the star’s naughty expressions.


The same for evenings out. Instead of formal shoes for his suits, more suited to an older star, our King-in-waiting can seek style and pizzazz in a stainless steel metal-tipped Louboutin brogue with its distinctive red sole. Or alternately, sample the fabulous custom-made Berluti footwear on his next visit to London or Paris. These are works of art so desired that even Andy Warhol went for the scarred leather which a cow used to scratch its back on. The shoe found a fan following. As did the Berluti piercing shoes, the tattoo loafers and the grand shoes made from a single seamless piece of leather.


For formal suits, Ranbir is too young to go for formal shawls and men-in-black suits. A splashy muffler from Missoni or a local brightly-coloured Pashmina will add colour to functions where most men look like black-suited penguins. For cut and perfect style, a Hedi Slimane bomber jacket or sharply cut suit at Yves Saint Laurent will serve up a new sharp Ranbir.


In a recent video by a fashion magazine where Ranbir is flirting with an international supermodel film star, it is impressive to see the shirtless Kapoor go all hot and lusty in the shoot. It will be one of the magazine’s few male covers and will further the star’s image. My personal hunch is that he will go the Leonardo DiCaprio way. He has proved his chocolate face roles and will now go for heavier character roles in which his blue blood acting genes from the legendary Raj Kapoor will stand him in fine stead. It is then that the blue tones of Bhansali’s film will be a fabulous match to DiCaprio’s saga TITANIC and Kapoor will go for the jugular that made DiCaprio a force to reckon with in BLOOD DIAMONDS and other recent power busters.


For a star who claims he has zero style substance, we the public will not care. Clothes be damned, just give us the strength, the subtlety, power, passion and potency of great acting skills.


Ranbir Kapoor...rock on!


This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Cine Blitz Magazine

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