(MENAFN – IANS) By Sujata Assomull
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANSlife) Now that there are no red carpet events, extravaganzas and fashion weeks, awards nights, or other star-studded events, where can we find fashion inspiration? Television of course.
Among OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hotstar, we’re just spoiled for choice when it comes to what shows to watch – in many of them modes play a major role. In fact in some shows, it is the clothes that make the show worthy. Instead of turning to your favorite fashion magazine for fashion inspiration or hints on what to wear for a special event / meeting zoom call – why not turn to one of these beautifully dressed television series for a style tip.
It may have received mixed reviews but ‘A Suitable Boy’ for me is a visual pleasure. The fact that casting is weak doesn’t matter – because fashion is the real star of the show. New York-based Oscar academy member Arjun Bhasin (of Dil Chahta Hai, Gully Boy and Life of Pi) is behind the costumes for Mira Nair’s Netflix adaptation of this hugely acclaimed book. The main character Lata (played by Tanya Maniktala) has 64 costume changes. There are about 3,000 extras and 1,100 handloom saris featured in the film, sourced from all over India. The play of color, textiles and even silhouettes is a lesson in Indian fashion; from cotton mul-muls, gorgeous banarases, floral organza, dazzling badla chiffon to metallic pant saris – there’s a curtain for every occasion. Bhasin’s eye for detail adds an easy layering feel, be it scoop-necked blouses, contrast dupattas or subtle embellishments. Plus most textiles are made using hand-woven techniques – what better way to dress for the festive season than something handmade in India?
SEASON IS FALL
For those of you lucky enough to have traveled abroad, or who live in a part of the country that experiences winter – ‘Emily in Paris’ should be your new style guide. With its eclectic yet elegant style, a clever mix of high fashion and the High Street label, this is the way to shop for this season. Emily has even managed to make a pair of Wellington boots look like a desirable accessory. But then the costume designer behind this Netflix show is Patricia Field – (‘Sex and the City’ fame). With Paris as the background, Field can really perform optimally in the show. A Kenzo fuchsia coat will likely be my next investment style buy. Although green Chanel Cruise came in second. And while I might now dare to wear some bold patterns that Emily does with such flair, Ganni (a contemporary sustainable fashion label that should be on everyone’s radar) camisole top and yellow print skirt is a perfect fit for my “passion list.” Not all of the bags she carries are Chanel – Kate Spade and Aldo make special looks that are super fashionable. While I admired Stephane Rollard’s sculptural white couture cocktail dress in the final episode – I really don’t know where to wear it. (Besides I don’t have the numbers or the budget for that), it ensures that the first season ends on a high octane style note.
CALL CODE ZOOM
One of the most fun shows I’ve watched this year is the 26-minute long ‘Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)’ on Netflix or on You Tube. There’s something really comforting about seeing the characters from these films again, 25 years later, even if it’s through family calls. Diane Keaton aka Nina Banks, as always sets the bar style. Now, here’s a chic yet casual way to go for a zoom call – in an open-collar white shirt with folded pins on the front, accessories with polkadot chiffon silk glasses, hair all in place – but not looking styled, stealing the show. Kimberly Williams Paisley who plays the real bride, Annie (now in her 40s) wore a beige and white T-shirt and stated that maybe it would have looked better on her college sister – Megan (Florence Pugh) – and well, I can’t disagree!
(Author Sujata Assomull is an IANSlife columnist. Assomull is the author of “100 Iconic Bollywood Costumes” and is Founding Editor In Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, India.)
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