When it comes to Sonam Kapoor, can she do any wrong? From book readings, a feature on Vogue.com and several awe-inspiring appearances in a mix of eclectic Indian and international designers, we are still, Desperately Seeking Sonam.
Sonam the Feminist
Don’t laugh. We were a little skeptical when she self-proclaimed to be a bra burning feminist at Cannes last year, but her continued discussion on women’s liberty, security and identity (an interview with The Hollywood Reporter and her Twitter feed) has our interest peaked beyond her sartorial choices. There aren’t many actresses of her generation talking about these issues in the way that she is. Sure, a reader on feminist theory may be useful in her critique of women’s roles on screen, but we like that she’s questioning and challenging politics and the film industry in a public forum and look forward to following the dialogue as it matures.
We’ve missed Sonam Kapoor on the red carpet. She didn’t attend any of the standard film award ceremonies in Mumbai this past season, instead spending time in Delhi with friends while filming. But in January she did come down to Mumbai to grace the red carpet for a few fashion and music events.
Not every actress can pull off a Kallol Datta sari, but Sonam did just that (above left) with minimal makeup and a standout necklace that we just adored. A few days later, she was spotted in a stunning black Elie Saab gown (above centre), paired with an Elie Saab clutch and Valliyan ear cuffs. Add futuristic looks to Spring trend lists because this is a look we can get behind (we’re still on the wait list for those earrings!).
She was later spotted at the Bombay Times Born To Be Glamorous event in another Elie Saab ensemble, this time in a Pre-Fall 2013 red suit paired with a Lulu Guinness clutch. Hot pink x bright red – clashing colour blocking for the win!
You know you’ve made it when…Vogue.com features you on their Best Dressed list of the week. Sonam wore a white Alessandra Rich dress (above left) that was noticed all the way in New York. We love the contrast of the red lips with the white dress and long drapey cape arms (very modern Roman).
The Style Chameleon
Sonam takes on so many different style avatars: 60s era Bollywood glam (above centre in a Suneet Verma sari at the India Gems and Jewelry Fair); Princess Leia (above right in a Shehlaa gown); Trekkie (the black Elie Saab gown with earring cuffs); and beautiful, yet edgy desi girl.
At the recent launch of Anuja Chauhan’s book, Sonam wore an Abraham and Thakore sari (above left) with a loose fitting, long sleeved, cropped blouse. Styled by her sister Rhea Kapoor, she paired the sari perfectly with a bright red multi-string necklace and a simple red bindi. J’adore. This past month she also wore a pretty anarkali by Rohit Bal (above right) and an unidentified yellow suit with thread embroidered borders (above centre). Have we mentioned how much we love her jewelry collection too?
The one look we couldn’t get behind was from an event where she unveiled a custom pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes at their flagship shop in Mumbai. Sonam wore a sari and pants combo from Anamika Khanna paired with a regal pair of chumka earrings. Loved the outfit (and anything by Anamika Khanna) but something was off – specifically her hair and shoes (the one she’s holding and wearing).
Finally, our catch up session with Sonam Kapoor ends with her cover and editorial for Marie Claire India January 2013. Not a fan of the cover, but she looks beautiful, strong, romantic and confident in the editorial shoot. Love the flower printed blouses – add that to the Spring 2013 wish list!
Desperately Seeking Sonam? We’re a little obsessed with Sonam Kapoor. Okay, a lot. Read the series here.
Photography: Hindustan Times, Sonam Kapoor, pinkvilla.com.