Have you ever felt like you were born in the wrong decade? I was born in the 80′s and those ruffled skirts and shoulder pads did nothing for me. I always had a thing for vintage styles that define the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. I yearned for red and tangerine lips, pinned curls and pin-up style dresses. Thankfully, the recently concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week showcased some vintage inspired makeup trends that are ruling the ramps the world over. Designers like Pernia Qureshi, Neha Sharma and Shyamal and Bhumika gave their girls old Hollywood charm with lacquered hair, dark lips and winged tip eyes. I spoke to G0uri Kapur, celebrity make-up artist for tips on how to create each look. I am certainly trying look three. What about you?
How to achieve a nice soft, glowing look with a hint of drama
Keep your foundation light by going for sheer coverage. Mix a pearly liquid shine with the foundation for a soft glow. Enhance your lip colour; 3D glosses are a great way to add zing to a neutral colour if you’re not in to bold lip colours. Keep your eyes soft, yet defined. Use eyeliner to create winged tips for subtle drama.
How to apply lip gloss perfectly
Apply lipstick, then blot with a tissue and reapply a thin layer of lipstick over which you can apply gloss. Don’t overdo the lipstick and gloss, else it would bleed. Longstay sticky glosses are the best bet for long wear. If you still have a problem, apply gloss on the center of the mouth and avoid the corners. This adds a pout without a gloss overload.
Rock and roll has always stood for rebellion and it’s the theme music for those who refuse to join the herd. I spoke to Vin Sinner, founder and lead vocalist of the band Vin Sinners, who exemplifies everything that is great about this genre. Despite heading a top position(Head of Communications) of a global corporate, he made time to follow his passion, got a band together, released a well-received album (An element of Surprise) in 2011, attracted tonnes of fans and now lives the life that many only dream of. Here’s excerpts from my tete-a-tete with him about his band and his style quotient. Vin totally won me over!
Who are your fashion idols in rock music?
All rock stars have their own signature style. Kurt Cobain had the whole grunge thing going for him. Metallica is characterised by black on black. Alice Cooper is strongly gothic, while Axl Rose sports different coloured jackets. In the same way, our look is authentic and we don’t copy any of the bands out there.
What do you wear while performing? How do you accessorise?
I have two to three leather jackets which I wear quite regularly. I wear a band on my elbow regularly. As for accessories, I wear a lot of rings. I also wear powered glasses that are slightly tinted. More than anything, I believe in being comfortable yet stylish – something that’s not so easy to achieve.
His new song Çhalla from Jab Tak Hai Jaan is already topping the charts. Rabbi Shergill performs today in Bangalore with India’s leading band Aurko as part of the Alive In Concert series. And I caught up with the singer for a quick chat about his trademark style before the concert. Here are excerpts from the interview. Enjoy!
Stylemynt: Although your first album Rabbi came out in 2005, you have been performing for a really long time. Have you developed a signature look over these years?
Rabbi: Not really except that I wear a turban and beard always.
Stylemynt: How did your style evolve once your music went mainstream with the videos?
Rabbi: I never really had any specific style. Perhaps this sartorial clumsiness came to be identified as my style. Most of the time I’m wearing T-shirts and linen pants.
Stylemynt: How do you accessorise? There are the dark glasses, but what else do you wear other than that?
Rabbi: “Accesorise”. There’s a word TOTALLY wasted on me. I wear shades when I expect harsh lighting onstage. The coolest accessory I wear onstage is the guitar.
Stylemynt: Do you have any lucky gear that you insist on wearing for every performance?
Rabbi: My guitars.
Stylemynt: Who are your fans and what age group do they fall in?
Rabbi: They’re mostly Indians of all ages.
Stylemynt:What do you want your music to convey to those who listen to it?
Rabbi: That it comes from a place of genuineness.
Amitabh Bachchan turns 70 today. Can you believe it? I had a crush on him when I was five which died within a year or two. But he’s still going strong in the charm department. I recently spoke to fashion consultant Mona Hinduja who has styled him for the Cadbury commercials. She said that meeting him was a pleasure and it was definitely one of the highlights of her career.
Anyone who has tuned into “Kaun Banega Crorepati” knows that it’s Bachchan who makes the show appealing. Trust me, there are times, when even prize money of Rs 1 crore can’t make trivia look interesting. Apart from his personality, the one thing that comes through is his sense of style. Since he is a celebrity, it’s easy to think that someone else is responsible for his look. However, I chatted with designer Nachiket Barve, a family friend of the Bachchans, and learnt a few things about Big B’s fashion quotient.
What is Amitabh Bachchan’s personal style?
Bachchan is definitely one of India’s best dressed people. His trademark is definitely his focus on quality. And he is very occasion appropriate; no matter what the occasion, he is ready for it. Therefore he can easily pull off a formal look or an irreverent look with equal elan. He is a style icon and an inspiration for the Indian man.