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    TWINKLE Khanna
    for her slightly intimidating, mysterious and seriously chic persona

    Best known for
    Her über-sharp red carpet statements.

    Style mantra
    “Comfort is key.”

    Closet staples
    Superbly tailored pieces in solid colours, white shirts, blue jeans.

    Addictive accents
    Envelope clutches, strong but elegant jewellery pieces – mainly, chunky necklaces.

    Favourite labels
    Spotted in Badgley Mischka many a time.

    Surprising fact
    Was never keen on acting in films. “I did not enjoy it from day one.”

    Big passions
    Design, architecture, interior spaces.

    SONAM Kapoor
    for introducing quirk to the dressing habits of tinsel town

    Dress by Alberta Ferretti.

    Best known for
    Her slightly experimental red carpet style and megawatt smile.

    Her style
    “I would love to describe myself as Audrey Hepburn with a twist.”

    Fashion icons
    Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe.

    Favourite fashion moment
    The white and gold Anamika Khanna sari-gown teamed with polkis for her IIFA Macau red carpet appearance this year.

    Favourite labels
    Anamika Khanna, Chanel.

    Addictive accents
    Lots and lots of bags and shoes.

    Fashion is...
    “ to me. I like mixing vintage pieces with current ones; I repeat my outfits often, but wear them differently each time around.”

    SIMONE Singh
    for making natural and understated stylish

    Make-up and Hair by Meghna Butani
    Satin shirt, by Bebe; high-waisted trousers, by Elm Design; heels, from Bottega Veneta; vintage silver cuffs.

    Signature style
    Nuanced and inventive.

    Wardrobe favourites
    “Currently wide leg trousers as they are so versatile and as always, structured jackets and white shirts in different textures and cuts.”

    Sartorial hates
    Animal prints with bling embroidery and “anything that transports cleavage from its natural God given place to arrive at the neck.”

    Definition of style
    “Style is inherent and evolves with the personality. Personal style is reflected not only in dress but in every avenue of creative expression.”

    Personal inspiration
    “Anyone who transcends a narrow personal agenda and works selflessly for a higher calling, whether it be on environment, children, the elderly or animals.”

    KARISMA Kapoor
    for keeping minimalist traditions alive in the face of Bollywood excess

    Black and white checked shirt, from Moschino; jeans, from J brand; belt, from Dolce & Gabbana; platfrom heels, limited edition Louis Vuitton; black leather Birkin bag, from Hermés; watch from Jaeger.

    Best known for
    Introducing style to Bollywood during the 1990s bad fashion phase.

    Trendsetting moment
    Poker straight hair and shaped eyebrows in Raja Hindustani. Her new avatar had the nation in an emulating frenzy.

    Most remembered for
    Her casual, unselfconscious ease in minis. Gorgeous, gorgeous legs!

    Most stylish roles
    Fiza for minimalism and Zubeida for vintage chic.

    Definition of style
    “Less is more.”

    Favourite labels
    YSL, Chanel, Prada, Hermès. Ethnic ensembles by Karishma Trehan.

    Fashion obsession
    Black and white. Monochrome is a must, off screen.

    Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis and mum Babita.

    Her own style is
    “Classic chic.”

    KATRINA Kaif
    for breaking the myth that large boned women cannot look delicately feminine

    Best known for
    Her porcelain complexion that glows in any colour of clothing.

    Her style
    Minimalist. “I am a zero accessory person… I would probably buy one handbag a year!”

    Mostly seen in
    Jeans and flat sandals. Sometimes, short shift dresses. Comfort is key.

    Surprising fact
    Hates make-up and dislikes doing her hair.

    Style is
    Presence. “You should be noticed. And then, maybe 20 minutes later, people should notice your clothes.”

    Hunting hubs
    Carnaby Street boutiques and flea markets in London.

    PREITY Zinta
    for taking the side of sartorial chic, against bling

    Best known for
    Her radiant, cheeky, dimpled smile and high-energy personality.

    Wardrobe must-haves
    Statement belts, retro shades, high heels and wide-brimmed hats.

    Trendsetting moment
    Thick, black frames were made fashionable, thanks to her character in Kal Ho Na Ho.

    Philanthropic gesture
    Taking up the cause of poor children, “Especially girls, and what can be better than giving them proper education, good food and clothing?”

    Favourite labels
    Claims not to be a label lover, but seen sporting Fendi many a time. Has a soft spot for her New York-based designer friend Nupur’s creations and also Manish Malhotra and Surily Goel.

    Feels an affinity to
    Footwear and jewellery.

    FREIDA Pinto
    for turning into a star, muse and fashion figure overnight

    Best known for
    Her smashing debut as Latika in the Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire.

    Talked about style moment
    Her appearance at the Oscars in an electric blue John Galliano dress.

    Haute hour
    Her first front row seat, next to Scarlett Johansson at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2009/10 show at Milan Fashion Week.

    Indian idols
    Tabu and Konkona Sen Sharma.

    Style is
    Comfort. “Wearing six-inch heels doesn’t necessarily spell style.”



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