If Sex and the City were to be Indianized, the movie would look a lot like Aisha. Maybe the fashion in Aisha is not as edgy as Carrie Bradshaw likes it, but it does manage to be as fashion forward as a Bollywood film can be and gets it right.
It’s the kind of film that’ll makes you lust after the clothes on screen—that’ll make you want to hit the mall. Or the gym.
DLF Emporio, New Delhi’s luxury mall, is the favourite shopping hangout of Aisha, the film’s lead. She has a rich father paying her credit card bills, so she makes her style statement with Dior dresses and Chanel bags. The movie begins and ends with wedding sequences and even the Indian clothes, be it the white and purple Anamika Khanna lehenga or the kasava kada saris for the Malayali wedding at the end—everything that the women in the film have on makes a style statement.
And it was bound to be. While Sonam Kapoor channels Carrie Bradsdhaw in her personal life, Pernia Quereshi, who is the stylist of the film has been a part of the rich and fashionable New Delhi elite. In fact Aisha’s look is entirely modelled on Quereshi’s personal taste. While Sonam Kapoor’s own taste is more dark and androgynous, Aisha is a girly girl. She likes her frocks, dresses, pearls and lace. The black nail polish and hats, we suspect, are Kapoor’s own touch.
Aisha dresses up for everything. She is dressed up to bake a cake, she is dressed up when she is dropping by at her friend’s office, she is dressed up for a hospital visit, or when going through family albums at home. Delhi definitely provides for a better location to showcase fashion. You can wear shorts, you can wear jackets and boots or you can dress up for a polo match. And since weddings are an extravaganza there, they have enough opportunity to showcase Indian clothes and jewellery. Producer Rhea Kapoor collaborated with Dior for the film and Aisha is seen carrying a Lady Dior in many parts of the film, besides shopping there and sporting Dior dresses.
Intelligently styled, every character has their own distinct look. Sonam wears a lot of pastels, while the bright colours are left to her best friend Pinky Bose. This is the first time you will see a Hindi movie heroine wear a bowtie with a skirt at the breakfast table. Aisha is the only movie to have used so many international brands and even Manish Arora’s quirky designs and Rajesh Pratap Singh’s understated ones are allowed to shine on the silver screen. Ira Dubey as the spunky best friend carries off the bright Manish Arora outfits with complete ease. Military style jackets, structured shoulders and bright colours sit perfectly on her petite frame and she breaks the preppy monotony of Sonam and Amrita Puri’s style. Puri gets to wear some pretty Anamika Khanna salwar suits as well. Lisa Haydon as a banker from New York is most understated, wearing simple dresses and suits usually in black or white. In a scene with everyone is in their swimwear, Haydon steals the show in her black bikini. Even Dubey looks great in hers, but Sonam is left looking dowdy in a one piece with distressed denims worn as a cover-up. Abhay Deol looks dapper in Dior Homme.
In accessories, this could be pathbreaking styling in an Indian film. Both for using different kinds of accessories and then showing restraint while doing it. From head bands to hats, a lot of chic head-pieces have been used. But Aisha wears only one or two statement pieces at a time and isn’t left looking like a bride when dressed in Indian. In fact her neck is left bare with many outfits. If you lusted after the shoes of Carrie and the gang, there’s not much in this film. Kapoor, in real life, is not a big shoe person. But some of Ira Dubey’s boots are fabulous.
It’s a movie where the clothes on the lead actress are better than her diction and where the stylists have put more thought in their work than the script-writers. A must-watch for diehard fashionistas.