2015 was quite a fabulous year for style: Bollywood’s finest worked the red carpet this year in looks that were a mix of chic, stunning, experimental and unexpected. From Deepika Padukone’s dominance as the fashionista this year, to some sartorial brilliance from Kangana Ranaut, the leading ladies of Bollywood ensured that they put their best fashion foot forward time and again. Even newcomers like Athiya Shetty and Kriti Sanon raised the bar in the style department. As the year comes to an end, we take a look at the 10 Most Stylish Stars who charmed us with their impressive outfit choices this year.
Young, fun, and true-to-her-style, that’s what Alia Bhatt was all about this year. Touted as the style icon for youngsters, this is one actress who works both high street brands and designer wear with equal ease. From cute mini dresses to brightly-accented separates, Alia works her look as the occasion demands. I loved the sweetheart-neckline doodle dress that she wore above. But it’s not just her cutesy looks that we love; even her boho chic Hemant & Nandita dress paired with ankle boots was fun and fresh. Always one to dress her age, the Nida Mahmood floral-embroidered jumpsuit too was a fashion win. Alia was one among the first few to have worked the brooch trend. Not to forget, she was the first to give us some serious #hairspiration with her unique braids.
6. Athiya Shetty
This young star proved she was 2015’s new fashion darling with the launch of her debut film. Frankly, she grabbed more headlines thanks to her fashion nous than her movie! And the one person responsible for helping her earn the title of Bollywood’s new fashionista is veteran stylist Ami Patel. That apart, she was also seen on leading magazine covers from Vogue to Elle and Grazia, proving that she’s a real diva in the making. From a Ka-Sha Clamp Dye Print Dress to a summery dress by Payal Pratap, or a sleek wrap dress by Issa London, whatever the style, Athiya did justice to each look. And she didn’t just keep it to just casual chic; we saw some stunning red carpet looks from her as well (here in an Elie Saab gown).
7. Kriti Sanon
Another actress to join the stylish girl squad while keeping her girl-next-door vibe intact is Kriti Sanon. We’re glad about this one — while gauging her initial looks, we heartily agreed at Hauterfly HQ that she would definitely be climbing to the top the style ladder. Her off-duty looks while promoting Dilwale instantly helped amp up her style quotient. In fact, we loved her easy-going ensembles. They were not just relatable but worth taking inspiration from. Taking cues from the back-to-school trend, she worked a Zara pinafore with sneakers,kept it cute in an Andrew GN dress, and even her recent red carpet look in a Michael Costello dress at the Stardust Awards (above) and the Gauri & Nainika gown at the Sony Star Guild Awards was a refreshing change. This actress is definitely on our style radar for 2016!
While walking countless runways and nailing exceptional dance numbers, Malaika Arora Khan has always kept us on our toes with her style nous. Never one to get an outfit wrong, I love how she wears silhouettes that flatter her curves. Her stylist Maneka Harisinghani has been quite instrumental in building her super stylish profile this year and deserves a mention. One outfit that really made the cut was her contemporary take on a Sanjay Garg lehengas (above): it was one of our most favourite festive wear inspirations this year! Another attire that Malaika looked like a million bucks in was this Elio Abou Fayssal creation. Then there was the Isabel Sanchis gown she wore for the Filmfare Awards red carpet; such a head-turner. I wish I could look half as stunning as her in my 40s!