There are a lot of things that excite me about Cocktail – Saif back as the romantic hero, Saif and Deepika together again, the film being shot in London, written by Imtiaz Ali. But what I was not expecting was the tremendous buzz the film has had since May, when the first look came out. And I think that is mostly because of the styling in the film, which has been done by Anaita Shroff Adjania, director Homi Adjania’s wife. This film is a classic example of how styling can make a huge difference to the entire look of the film.
Even though the posters may look like an advertisement for a clothing brand, the point is it looks good. It makes me want to watch the film. Chic styling, soft but striking hues and tribal prints dominate the wardrobe of the star cast. Since they’re all looking so great, it was only a matter of time before I decoded their style without burning a hole in my pocket.
Since all three characters in the movie have such different, well defined personalities, let’s reconstruct them one at a time:
Meera aka Diana Penty: Her character is that of a conservative girl from Delhi and her clothes are meant to reflect that. But who spelled conservative as non-stylish? She is seen in kurtis and Patiala suits towards the beginning and smoothly transitions into jeans and chinos with shirts and cardigans. Add narrow belts and pretty flats – all styled to give a simple yet chic look.
Get Meera’s Look: Biba and Melange have some really interesting prints in kurtis that can be worn with jeans or chudidars. For cardigans, wide-legged denims and chinos you can try United Colours of Benetton and Wills Lifestyle [Lifestyle cardigan picture attached]. For the slightly more adventurous, you can go hunting at Fashion Street or Hill Road to find these too. Add flat sandals from Mochi or Catwalk and inventive braids and VOILA, you have your very own Meera in your closet!
Gautam aka Saif Ali Khan: Gautam is a typical easy-going guy, who does not care much for what he wears. So in the film you see him mostly donning crumpled T shirts and denims. He also prefers classics like his Burberry trench, a Jaeger-LeCoulture watch and blazers with denims when he’s at work. There are also lots of shorts-and-shirt moments through the film to underline his careless style.
Get Gautam’s Look: For denims, head over to Levis, Wrangler or Diesel, depending on your personal preference. Live-in T shirts, shorts and worn out jackets are best found at Jack and Jones or Diesel. For casual blazers, look for slim fit jackets at ASOS or United Colours of Benetton. French Connection is a good bet for shirts. Pair them with nice loafers and aviators and keep that stubble on!
Veronica aka Deepika Padukone: First and foremost, how awesome does she look in the movie?! I declare this to be the hottest she has looked by far. Her character is that of a wild child, cleverly mixing high street fashion with high couture. There is the aforementioned All Saints Aztec skirt, which we so love. Interestingly a very similar All Saints Newaz dress was also worn by Kareena Kapoor at Karan Johar’s birthday party recently.
Very gorgeous but it costs so much money that I want to secretly burn my house down and claim insurance and then use that money to buy the skirt. True story. Moving on, there is that cute Desire Heart Jumper, the French Connection Jag striped dress, ripped denims, high waist shorts and flared pants with tanks – and it looks all so fabulous!
Get Veronica’s Look: This is the most difficult to classify because her look does not follow any rules. The best thing to do would be to follow your instincts – from a dressy sequined dress, which I found aplenty at ASOS to a casual wide-legged palazzo-type pants that I found a few of at Zara, just go with what you like and be comfortable in what you wear. French Connection, Forever New, Mango are some of the other brands worth checking out.
Although you know that sheer black embellished dress she wears to the club? I’m dying to know where it is from – any of you have a clue? Or any other brands/lines that you think go with either of them? Drop me a line, won’t you?
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