Calling out a celebrity’s outfit and giving it our nod of approval is something that happens on a daily basis. The actor or actress’s look is broken down, given a thumbs up and we even let our readers know who styled them. It’s the stylist who has those magic powers that transform a celebrity’s look. Whether they make it to a best-dressed list or not – it all lies in their stylist’s hands.
Here are the people behind some of Bollywood’s style kings and queens and their forever flawless look.
The Bollywood fashion stylists help the celebrities in more than just nailing their looks. They help them in defining their personality for their movies and also create a celebrity dressing style, around their likes and dislikes. These Bollywood fashion stylists are also aware of the latest trends and check that the look has not already been displayed by another celebrity in a bid to retain originality.
1. Rhea Kapoor
Celebrity clients: Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor
It’s all in the family for Rhea Kapoor. Now we all know that Sonam Kapoor is Bollywood’s original fashionista, but her little sister Rhea has a lot to do with her perfect 10 looks. The younger Ms. Kapoor makes sure that her big sister’s looks are always newsworthy. And that’s not simply because of her outfits’ faultless nature but also because of the designers she sports. Testimony to this is the fact that Sonam was wearing Masaba and Surendri long before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon. And just when the rest of Bollywood started ODing on the likes on Prabal Gurung, Rhea quickly moved her on to fresher finds like Toni Maticevski and Ashi Studio. While Sonam’s also been known to rely on stylist Pernia Qureshi to give her the right style advice, her dear sister Rhea Kapoor and her team from her primary style, team.
2. Anaita Shroff Adajania
Celebrity client: Deepika Padukone
Vogue’s Fashion Director has a penchant for turning girls-next-door into a high-octane glamazon. Case in point: Deepika Padukone, Bollywood’s reigning high priestess of fashion. No one can fault Padukone’s sartorial turn (for the better, of course) post Cocktail, as her super stylist has been churning out one winning look after another.
A perpetual stunner, Padukone has stolen many hearts on screen and off and a lot of that may have to do with the style and elegance that fills her wardrobe. No wonder she only trusts Anaita Shroff Adjania with creating her the perfect look every single time.
3. Tanya Ghavri
Celebrity clients: Kareena Kapoor, Frieda Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karisma Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor
Tanya Ghavri’s client roster reads like the guest list of an A-list Bollywood party. Safe to say that she has dressed just about every big Bollywood star to reckon with at some point in her career, and that’s saying something! The thing that stands out in Ghavri’s styling is that she never puts her celebrity into anything that’s evidently out of their comfort zone or uncharacteristic of their style sensibility. But that’s not to say that she doesn’t keep things interesting. So while she’ll dress Katrina Kaif in her trusty sheath dresses, Ghavri will also mix it up with an asymmetrical Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna top and leather pants. And yes, she will style Karisma Kapoor in her signature jeans and top looks; but she will also break it with something punchy like a structured Ravage jacket from time to time. And therein lies Ghavri’s true merit. A Kapoor girl and married to a nawab, Kareena’s perpetually under pressure to look her absolute best. That’s why she’s chosen Tanya Ghavri for the task and she’s certainly doing a stellar job.
4. Nitasha Gaurav
Celebrity clients: Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Shahid Kapoor
Ex-Femina Fashion Editor and now the freelance stylist, Natasha Gaurav isn’t afraid to push the envelope with the stars she styles. Why do we say so? Well, Ranveer Singh! Who would have thought that one will ever get to see a Bollywood actor actually pull off a gold brocade blazer or draped pants with a printed shirt and kolhapuris with effortless nonchalance? And then there’s Parineeti Chopra. Chopra turned to this stylist du jour for her fashion metamorphosis. Her new look courtesy Gaurav — think Riddhi Mehra crop tops, Farah Sanjana midis, and Rahul Mishra dresses — is already winning her rave reviews. Fearless, experimental and no-holds-barred, that’s Gaurav for you!
The man’s sense of style needs no introduction unless you’ve been living under a rock. Every one of Ranveer’s looks is characterized by the concept of shock and awe. Nitasha Gaurav, his stylist, has really tapped into his personality to dress him perfectly.
5. Nisha Kundnani
Celebrity clients: Shraddha Kapoor, Divya Khosla, Anushka Sharma
Nisha Kundnani’s own style is known to be pretty fuss-free and minimal. And her sensibilities are reflected in her work as well. She’s the lady who was responsible for Shraddha Kapoor’s latest media blitzkrieg during her recent movie promotions. Easy chic, like we said. Ditto for Anushka Sharma. Kundnani proves that in a sea of celebrities trying very hard to stand out, there is still ample virtue in simplicity.
6. Ami Patel
Celebrity clients: Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz, Tamannah, Lara Datta, Madhuri Dixit
Ami Patel has seen actress-cum-popstar Priyanka Chopra transition from all things bodycon to more fashion-friendly, experimental silhouettes. And we quite love the hit maker’s new-found avatar. Patel strikes an interesting balance between trendy elements and classic touches with her styling. She is particularly partial towards homegrown designers (think Pankaj & Nidhi, Atsu, Gauri & Nainika, Farah Sanjana, Debashri Samanta), high-street labels (Zara, ASOS, and Koovs to name a few) and unconventional international labels like Prabal Gurung, Peter Pilotto, Monique Lhuillier and Yigal Azrouël among others. Priyanka Chopra is an international diva and the diva is always dressed to impress. And guess what, the credit for every one of her impressive AF looks goes to none other than Ami Patel.
7. Aastha Sharma and Mohit Rai
Celebrity clients: Esha Gupta, Vaani Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Chitrangada Singh, Genelia D’Souza
Together known as the Wardrobist, this duo wins brownie points for favoring Indian designers quite heavily. And considering they are both former Harper’s Bazaar stylists (Rai now doubles as Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar Bride India), it is no surprise that they are well-versed with what’s hot on the Indian runways. Take Esha Gupta’s recent appearances for instance — we spotted a whole lot of Pankaj & Nidhi, Hemant & Nandita, Pernia Qureshi, Nishka Lulla, Nikhil Thampi, Quirkbox and the works. Kudos to that indeed!
8. Sanjana Batra
Celebrity clients: Yami Gautam, Alia Bhatt, Huma Qureshi, Kiara Advani, Esha Gupta
Considering she’s stylish to a host of young stars, Sanjana Batra’s styling is fresh, spruced with of-the-moment trends and fads. Her sensibility can be summed up as easygoing, classic and safe but by no means boring. Batra seems to have an affinity for well-fitted midi cuts and solid colors.
9. Archana Walwalkar
Celebrity clients: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan
Co-founder of styling portal Style Cracker and ex-Vogue stylist, Archana Walwalkar is a purveyor of all things trendy, with a generous helping of unrehearsed sexy. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s supremely cool looks during their recent movie promotions are the testimony to her styling chops.
10. Allia Al Rufai
Celebrity clients: Nargis Fakhri, Kangana Ranaut, Anushka Sharma
If you follow this Ex-Harper’s Bazaar stylist on Instagram (and if you don’t, do so now!), you’re probably already aware that Allia Al Rufai is something of a stylist herself—you know, the kind who looks like she just stepped out of a magazine editorial. Every day. It’s no wonder then that being a stylist du jour comes pretty naturally to this sophisticated and incredibly chic fashion girl. She’s the brain behind Nargis Fakhri’s oh-so-hot looks! Yet another stunning feather in Rufai’s cap, Nargis may be one of the hottest stars Bollywood’s seen in recent times. And a lot of that has to do with the flawless style guidance she’s gotten from her personal style guru, Rufai.