Fashion is an extension of your personality: Athiya Shetty

Athiya Shetty

Actress Athiya Shetty, who has been lauded for her style statements many a times, says she is not a fashion conscious person and added that fashion is an extension of an individual’s personality.

“I think fashion is an extension of your personality. While I like to have fun with clothes, I would not call myself a fashion conscious person, Athiya told IANS over e-mail from Mumbai.

The 24-year-old actress says she chooses her “outfits as per my mood”.

“If I am feeling girly, I’ll just wear a dress. If I want to be super comfortable, I’ll just put on a T-shirt and jeans,” she added.

On the acting front, Athiya is currently shooting for “Mubarakan”. Directed by Anees Bazmi, the romantic comedy film also stars Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz.

The film is slated to release in July.

Pink Lady Resist: A traditional Indian woman caricature sends a strong message through fashion

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Across the world, men and women alike are trying to break through the shackles of gender stereotypes and prejudices. In India, an initiative called The Pink Lady, is using the same stereotypes against women to send across a strong message. This, after Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States was sworn in, and a clear message was sent that Planned Parenthood, a women’s reproductive health care provider might end up being denied funds by the US Government.

 

Geetanjali  Dhillon, based out of Los Angeles, stumbled across The Pink Lady in Mumbai’s Kulture store and immediately resonated with the strong, striking symbol of the merchandise. The caricature of an Indian woman, with her quintessential sari-covered head was apparently quick to catch her attention, not only because of the bright pink colour, but also because of the steely eyes staring back at her. According to Vogue, not only that, but that the woman was covered in traditional Indian jewellery and bindi and her tight-lipped ‘I mean business’ look and most importantly the visual paradox that her brass knuckledusters spelling ‘BOOM’ provided, had impressed Dhillon.

 

And it was only a matter of time, when Dillion, who had taken part in the Women’s March in LA on January 21, 2017, protesting Trump’s election, realised that she needed a strong symbol to support her protest against “the assault that’s been launched on women’s rights”. The Pink Lady was her symbol, she reportedly realised. She then reached out to the designer of the artwork, Jas Charanjiva, a graphic artist, who had created the work of art as a response to the brutal 2012 Delhi rape case. Just like a lot of us, Charanjiva was infuriated and hence, made The Pink Lady as “a woman who’s got traditional attire but a modern attitude.”

 

Dhillon, reportedly an entertainment industry executive and a former civil rights lawyer, understood the significance that symbols rendered to movements that wanted change and as she reached out to Charanjiva, added the word ‘resist’ to the caricature. They also reportedly set out to work on a merchandise that include T-Shirts, tote bags, baby onesies and even mugs, sold on Iamapinklady.com, the proceeds from which are sent to Planned Parenthood.

 

Reportedly, actors like Kalki Koechlin, Poorna Jagganathan, activist Sofia Ashraf are among the many eminent personalities who have sported The Pink Lady with panache.

Even after all these years, Malaika Arora Khan proves that she is the queen of fashion

Malaika Arora Khan

It’s no news that Malaika Arora Khan is one of the most stylish ladies of Bollywood. The actress has over the years redefined tres chic dressing and at times traditional Indian dressing too and if you ask us, more often than not, she has managed to grab eyeballs. Recently, we spotted Khan up and about at an exhibition in Mumbai and as expected it wasn’t any different this time around.

 

She caught our attention as soon as she stepped out in a fresh off the runway look from Abraham and Thakore’s collection. The outfit included a white shirt, a sari style pleated maxi skirt and a matching bolero jacket. With hair tied up in a centre-parted ponytail, the fashionista accessorised her look with heavy kohled eyes and a pair of silver earrings. We think she looked lovely.

 

But the outfit which really impressed us is the one she opted for a launch event in Hyderabad. The emerald green kurta with the churidar and a matching embroidered dupatta from Raw Mango is something you can add to your wardrobe too. Khan accentuated the easy, breezy look with a chunky silver necklace and neat braided hair.

 

While we are talking about her style, there’s another look that caught our attention. She was spotted at Mumbai airport in a floral printed high neck maxi dress by Pasha India which she paired with black boots and a black tote.