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Hello all and Happy New Year! Sonam Kapoor has been nailing it style wise recently and this look is no exception. She stuck to one of her tried and true style methods by wearing a beautiful ladylike Victoria Beckham dress in bright coral. Then she added a gorgeous pop of color with a turquoise statement necklace from Curio Cottage. I love that Kapoor isn’t afraid to take a risk. Most people would put on that beautiful dress and call it a day, but she decided to go the extra mile and it was totally worth it. The necklace added just the right amount of interest and really transformed her outfit.

I also love that she she didn’t stop at the necklace. A lot of stars would have worn simple nude or black pumps, but Kapoor chose to slide her feet into a pair of metallic Fendi sandals. They’re interesting, but still understated, letting her dress and necklace take center stage. Kapoor’s fun, daring take on fashion sets her apart and I can’t wait to see what she’ll wear the rest of 2012.

To get a bright statement necklace like Kapoor’s without breaking the bank, look at Forever21.com! They have a huge selection of jewelry for great prices and it’s much easier to look at the jewelry online than in the store.

If you want to read more about Sonam Kapoor’s style, check out my Sonam Kapoor Style Breakdown here.

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Here’s a special treat for the week: a Jolie Asie exclusive interview with the super spunky, super savvy Tanya Ghavri, fashion stylist to the stars! I recently got a chance to talk with Tanya about her career, what it’s like working with beauty queens and heroines, and her top fashion advice for our readers.

Tanya styled Aishwarya Rai for her interview in Verve's March 2011 issue

MegTell us about your most exciting or memorable accomplishments in styling Bollywood celebrities and/or films.

Tanya: I don’t generally think of things in terms of big or small, because I’m excited about all of the work that I do… whether it’s a fun shoot with some friends to a shoot for a high profile magazine or a film… it’s all great! But, since you’ve asked this question in particular, I would say styling Aishwarya Rai because she was my idol as a child and I looked up to her I wanted to be Miss India because she was Miss India. I was like an awe-struck girl, so styling her was like a dream come true!

It is a dream for girls who love fashion to be styling the likes of Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai. How did you get to where you are now, and what is your advice for aspiring stylists?

Tanya: Life has been very kind! Literally, I studied fashion in New York and Bombay… got all my ground at SNDT; studied fashion there and was just extremely passionate about it. I started working while I was in college, and used to bunk college sometimes to be at shoots! I don’t advise bunking but sometimes being out of the box helps (winks). Working in the fashion and film world really helped… and then I landed up working on [the Bollywood film] “Aisha” and then there was no looking back. Everything else just followed.

I would advise girls to have fun with fashion- take risks and just work really, really hard, because if you do, no one can stop you!

Tanya recently styled Sonam Kapoor in an Anita Dongre dress, Christian Dior sling bag, and Jimmy Choo peep toe heels for a rainy day at Film City. The look was featured in the Bombay Times. Click on the image for a larger view.

What was your most difficult stylist assignment to date, and how did you manage it?

Tanya: I don’t see anything as difficult… actually, if you don’t lose your fear, you’ll never enjoy your work. That’s what my parents taught me. There are times you feel doubt but eventually realize, “What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll make a mistake, and then I’ll learn.” So I can’t think of anything that’s been difficult.

What does a typical day for you look like- who do you meet, where do you go?

Tanya: A typical day for me depends on if I’m working or not. If I’m working, it’s absolutely insane. I’m always on call with designers, etc. to source, and in between meetings, and fittings with actors. If I’m not working that much then I’m researching and reading fashion blogs and books and films (Indian and international). I would really recommend to watch all kinds of films- Indian, international, foreign… it really helps opening your mind up.

Who are your favorite designers and places to buy clothes- high-end and street-buys?

Tanya: Wow! Favorite place would lots… in India, to start with, I would say: for high street Zara is a one-stop shop. Among the newer designers there is Masaba Gupta, who’s extremely talented and very well priced. Among the high-end Indian brands there is Anamika Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh, and Cue. They make beautiful clothes that are also wearable. [For] high-street in Bombay there is Zara, French Connection, Calvin Klein; you can find your really nice basics that are long lasting.

I would advise young girls to stop buying these Bangkok export cheap clothes and rather invest in a top from Zara because, trust me, you may spend 500 bucks more, but you’re so much more chic and it works much, much longer and doesn’t fade away! Quality over quantity: it’s the first fashion rule.

Outside India, New York is the place to shop hands down!

What is your advice for girls who are shopping on a limited budget but still want to look fashionable like a movie star?

Tanya: First of all, you don’t have to shop expensive and designer to look chic and fashionable. You could put on a simple white mul shirt with jeans or shorts. Wear your mum’s vintage necklace (old ethnic neckpiece) with a cute lil’ tan sling bag and ballet flats and you’re ready to go!

Colors on display at Colaba Causeway in Mumbai

Colaba Causeway in Bombay has some of the cutest and most fun accessories and bags… girls who are interested in fashion, make your clothes have fun with fabrics; it’s your first step and so much more economical!

What are your favorite, must-have fashion accessories?

Tanya: Must-haves are my favorite part- a pair of nude heels. It’s a no brainer when you don’t understand what shoes to wear… wear nude!

A well-fitted pair of jeans, a boyfriend jacket (jacket the size of a guy’s). It’s so fun and just adds so much character.

A little black dress… all girls need that. Trust me, all girls, even girls who think they are a lil’ overweight, need it to sit in their wardrobe to encourage them to lose weight and wear it one day!

A nice tan sling bag is a must!

Which do you enjoy styling best- photoshoots, films, or celebrity appearances?

Tanya: I love working on films. I would say it’s just so much fun working a particular character and dressing that character. Film is so electrifying; it’s hundreds of people coming together to bring a story together for the whole world to watch. What could be more exciting than that?

What is your go-to outfit for a busy workday?

Tanya: I’m a moody dresser and my friends seem to think that I wear the tiniest clothes made in India! I live in Bombay, it’s hot all year round. I’m always in shorts that I pair up with a mul shirt or sometimes a cute summer retro dress- love polka dots- maybe a beautiful fun maxi dress!

What is the biggest fashion mistake most Indian women make, and what can they do to fix it?

Tanya: Wearing the wrong silhouettes. Every woman has her own charm and she can look good if she dresses right! Some simple rules:

  • If you are on the heavier side, wear vertical stripes. Horizontal stripes give way more width; vertical will make you look taller and slimmer.
  • When you are not sure, close your eyes and wear black. It never goes wrong.
  • Color blocking doesn’t mean red dress, green shoes, and blue bag. That just makes you look stupid! There has to be some harmony. You could mix warm colors and block your outfit, or use all cool colors.
  • Gladiator shoes are over, please stop wearing them! You can wear strappy thong sandals instead. They look much nicer and understated.
  • Pease get rid of those matching track pants and jackets– that is just all kinds of tacky! Just because celebrities wear them doesn’t make them cool.
  • Wear your clothes generously and wear things you’re comfortable in, not because it’s in fashion. You make a statement in what you wear. Be innovative, you don’t have to always wear what is in fashion. I love vintage, it never goes out of style…
  • Boys are the best when they keep it casual and effortless. Those tight-fit body hugging t-shirts need to be thrown out; a man is a man when he looks like a man!

Anything else?

Tanya: Fashion is so much fun! You have to love it and live it and just be happy and play with colors and have themes and dress up. Don’t feel scared to be judged. Who cares if people think you’re absolutely bonkers? They don’t know you’re actually an artist! It takes the world some time to appreciate art. I’ve given a lot of gyaan [knowledge] in this interview, so I’m not gonna say more, just follow all my pointers and you’ll be good to go!

Thanks, Tanya!

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It’s Thursday (yay!) and I am so excited to introduce you guys to a new weekly installment: Danqing’s (my) Closet!  Every week I’ll be posting an actual outfit from my actual closet!  I’m going to try and highlight a particular garment or trend each week and show an easily emulated and relatable way to wear it.  I think a lot of times it’s a bit hard to try and put together a similar outfit to a celebrity because they lead such different lives from us normal people, but me?  Psshh, ya’ll can all rock the outfits that I wear!  So, let’s get started!


(wearing H&M romper, Matthew Williamson for H&M scarf, Ray-Ban Aviators, H&M straw hat, Zara sandals, vintage coach bag, jewelry: jade, Tiffany’s)

First, I have to apologize for the fact that I’m sporting a margarita as an accessory in these pictures.  Due to some unfortunate (read: rainy and gross) weather here in Shanghai I’ve been unable to get any pictures that seem cheery enough for a romper, so I pulled these from my spring break files.

I’m wearing a great (extremely basic) romper that I got from H&M last year for like 15 bucks; unfortunately, they didn’t make it this year, but below I found some similar rompers from Forever 21.  A romper in a neutral color is the perfect easy-but-cute outfit for summer.  I recommend buying a romper that nips in the waist rather than at the hip, it’s more figure flattering I think.  After you have the romper on, just gather some accessories and you’re good to go.  My scarf is from the Matthew Williamson H&M collaboration 3 years ago and it’s probably one of my favorite things – a bright, fun scarf can add so much to an outfit!  When getting a scarf like this, I encourage you to go big.  There’s nothing better than a scarf with tons of volume.

You could pile on more bangles and switch up the sandals too.  You could really accessorize a basic romper in a thousand ways, but below I’ve compiled some items (and links) if you want to really emulate this look.

(Marc by Marc “Bella” scarf $198, Sam Edelman “gigi” sandals $59.95, H&M men’s straw hat $12.95, Ray-Ban Aviators $139)

I hope you guys try out a romper!  They’re really comfortable and much easier to wear than you’d think.  A great trend to try on a carefree summer day.

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The world’s eyes may be on U.S. President Barack Obama, but the eyes of the world of fashion are all tuned to his lovely wife Michelle.  Poised, intelligent, down-to-earth Michelle has stepped into the role of First Lady with tremendous grace, all while being a wonderful and attentive mother to her two young daughters.  Mrs. Obama has dazzled the world with her easy charm and impeccable style.

Michelle Obama doesn’t seem like a logical choice for a style translation (like, say, Rachel Bilson) because, well, at nearly the same height as her husband, there aren’t many Asian women with figures like hers.  However, I think Michelle’s style appeal goes much deeper than that.

I’ve long maintained that Michelle Obama isn’t a style icon in the same way as a Jackie Kennedy or a Princess Diana.  Jackie and Diana were fashion trail blazers, they made unique, sometimes risky, choices and really changed the way people dressed for their times.  Michelle is different.  She hasn’t shaken the fashion world and changed its landscape; she’s simply been impeccably well-dressed.

I think that Michelle Obama took her immense intelligence, the same one that made her an Ivy League-educated lawyer, and applied it to fashion.  She knows exactly what she likes and exactly what flatters her.  Her choices aren’t that of a fashion guru, but rather of a very smart woman who knows how to look good.  And she does it on a relatively normal budget, famously wearing a lot of accessible brands like The Gap and J. Crew.  That is why we can all learn from her.

Michelle has a formula for every fashion situation she’s in.  Then she keeps from looking mundane by varying colors, textures, and accessories.  Let’s take a look!

Scenario 1: Casual Lady

Whether she’s taking her daughters to school (accompanied by the secret service of course) or touring the Eiffel Tower or planting in her vegetable garden at the White House, Mrs. Obama always looks presentable.  And it’s no wonder why, as a public figure she understands that she’s always under scrutiny.  Now, the rest of us don’t necessarily need to always operate under those assumptions, but it never hurts to look well put together.

Michelle stays comfortable and ladylike by pairing nicely tailored pants with structured tops.  Tailored pants does not mean suit pants, but rather pants that have structure and fit well.  For example, Michelle wears jeans and khakis all the time, but they’re always perfectly fitted and the absolute perfect length for her.  If you think that’s because she has the body to find pants easily, think again!  She’s around 6 ft tall and by no means possessing a supermodel’s figure.  Her pants don’t fit because she’s lucky, they fit because she gets them tailored!

Michelle Obama likes to wear little jackets or her signature fitted cardigans over simple tees or comfortable feminine blouses to give her upper body structure and shape.  To add interest she might wear a scarf, a sparkly brooch, or simply bright colors!  She knows how to stand out in a good way.

To channel this style first make sure the pants you have already fit well.  If they don’t, take them to the tailor!  And remember, one pair of well-fitting jeans are worth five pairs of ill-fitting ones.  Make an investment of it and purchase a pair of high quality jeans, like J. Brand or my personal favorite Adriano Goldschmied, and spend the money to get them tailored.   You won’t regret it.  Also, remember that designer jeans don’t always have to come with a designer price tag.  Stores like Anthropologie often have them on sale for a fraction of the original price and you can often find good deals on designer jeans at outlet stores like Nordstrom Rack or Neiman Marcus Last Call.  Then try Obama favorites like The Gap or J. Crew for colorful cardigans, cute blouses, and shape-giving little jackets.  Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and department stores like Macy’s would also have good options.

Finish the look with a pair of kitten heels in a bright matching color!

Scenario 2: A Lady’s Lady

Mrs. Obama has many occasions where she must look every inch the lady, from when she’s meeting the UK’s Prime Minister to when she’s descending Air Force One to when she’s on the cover of a national magazine.  She’s put this look together so much she could probably do it in her sleep.

She always wears dresses or skirts in two figure-flattering cuts: the A-line or the pencil.  And when I say pencil I’m not talking slutty secretary, but rather a classic, very straight, pencil skirt.  On top, Obama keeps it consistent with pretty blouses, structured jackets, and her signature colorful cardigans.  For chillier days Michelle will often switch out her cardigan or little jacket for a long, knee-length coat.  Fun tip: accentuate  your waist and create an hour-glass figure by following Michelle Obama’s lead with a waist belt!

To channel this look, try the same stores as her first look or look into some of Obama’s favorite designers: Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Ralph Lauren, Peter Som, and Michael Kors.  Complete this look with the same accessories as before, and kitten heels.  My favorite Michelle Obama accessories are always her brooches.  To find interesting brooches of your own look at vintage stores, specialized designers like Tom Binns, and your mothers/grandmother’s jewelry boxes!  Chances are, they still have a few from when brooches were the must-have lady like accessory!

Scenario 3: Elegant Lady

As First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has had more occasion than most of us to get full-out dressed up.  But she’s done it so well that, were an occasion to arise, I would channel her black tie style in a heartbeat.  Why?  Because she’s not a model or an actress or a celebrity.  She’s a normal, albeit incredibly talented and intelligent, woman whose husband happens to have one of the most high-profile jobs in the world.  She has a real woman’s body, and she’s learned to dress that body well.

Michele Obama always pics gowns with fitted, interesting tops and flowing skirts that begin at the lower part of her waist.  This style accentuates her hourglass shape and elongates her legs.  She makes sure that the skirt is flowy but not too poofy, so she doesn’t seem too large or too much like a little girl dressed up like a princess on Halloween.  Michelle also likes to highlight her nicely toned arms by wearing short-sleeved or sleeveless gowns.

Look for dresses in this shape at department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Saks Fifth Avenue, and at local boutiques.  Make sure to try on your gowns with the exact type of underwear you would wear on the day of your event.  Oftentimes, you might need specialized under clothes, like a shift with a built-in bra, to look your best in evening clothes.  If you love a gown but the fit is slightly off, see if you can alter the gown without damaging it.  Usually this isn’t a problem, but sometimes dresses made of very delicate materials or that have a lot of hand-made detail are hard to alter.

Finally, accessorize with jewels, a glossy up-do, and (if you really want to be glamourous) gloves!

Michelle Obama is truly a lady, one that I’m proud to call my First Lady.  She’s an admirable woman with admirable style.  Anyone can channel her looks with great success because she takes classic, tried-and-true outfits and makes them unique and personal by adding accessories and color!

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This is the first Style Translation post i’m writing and I’m very excited.  While we love finding inspiration in Asian celebrities, we certainly don’t think that inspiration should be limited.  I get the majority of my fashion inspiration from western celebrities.  The trick is to know what works for you and what doesn’t. 

For example, it’s pretty hard for any woman (let alone Asian women who tend to be shorter and more willowy than most Caucasian women) to channel the style of someone like Adriana Lima.  Why?  The woman is a Victoria Secret Supermodel!  She’s like a perfectly toned, outrageously generously proportioned amazon. To get Adriana Lima’s look you basically have to, well, look like Adriana Lima. 

But not to worry, there are tons of stylish celebrities that aren’t complete natural anomalies for us to emulate! 

 

Which brings us to one of my favorite stylish celebrities: Rachel Bilson.  You might remember her as Summer from the TV show The OC or the horrible action film Jumper or the even more horrible film New York, I love You.  Or you might simply recognize her as the cute brunette who’s always in magazines or the girl who’s in those Magnum Ice cream ads that are always on TV.  So …  her acting credentials aren’t exactly top notch, but she’s always dressed cute, right?

Right!

Bilson is also a perfect candidate for a Style Translation because she has an easily Asian-relateable figure.  Bilson is quite petite and, while she is slender, she’s not a skeleton.  She’s got hips like the rest of us. 

Bilson’s daytime style downtown chic with a little bit of California cool.  She wears a lot of Isabel Marant, Rag and Bone, Madewell.  She also loves to layer and is a perfect example of  how someone who more petite can layer.  She makes sure that when she adds layers she’s not adding bulk.  Rachel also loves to accessorize with scarves, hats, fabulous bags, and her signature Ray Ban wayfarer sunglasses.  During the day time she’s usually wearing either interesting flats (like strappy sandals) or cute, casual booties. Fun Tip: to elongate your legs, cuff your jeans by rolling the bottom up twice in 2 inch increments to show a bit of your ankles.  This creates the illusion that your legs are longer. 

For evening, Rachel might just add some sky high heels to a daytime look, add a bit of makeup, and be ready to go.  But, other times she likes to have a bit more fun with her outfits.  And I love it.  Rachel, though hardly possessing a model’s physique, is never afraid to take a fashion risk.  She makes unique, fashion forward choices that prove to anyone that you don’t have to be a model to be truly fashionable. 

Still, she always remembers what works for her.  She chooses looks that elongate her body and accentuate her legs, making sure to add heels for height.  And she continues to layer for interest, without added bulk. 

To imitate Rachel’s fun, casual style try to do the same!  If you’re wearing a sundress, throw a small, fitted denim jacket over it.  If you’re wearing jeans and a tee, add a blazer and a scarf.  If you’re wearing shorts and a blouse, add a fedora and some sunnies.  Try to add items without adding to your overall size.  This doesn’t mean though that everything has to be fitted.  In fact, Rachel wears lots of loose items.  The trick is to reign in the looseness with a structured item.  For example, below Rachel is wearing

a flowing maxi dress that you wouldn’t expect to work for someone so petite.  She makes it work by adding a fitted blazer on top that gives her a distinct shape and by choosing a maxi dress with a skirt that flows close to her body. 

For a night out, do you same but try and combine neutral items with pops of color.  For example, add a  brightly colored blazer to a nude dress (like Rachel does above) or throw a little black leather jacket or blazer over a patterned dress.  And don’t forget to add heels!  Nothing lengthens the body like actually adding height. 

Hopefully this was interesting and fun and you’re not motivated to try some of Rachel’s cool girl style!

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I’m very excited for this post because it’s the first time I’m delving into Bollywood fashion!  I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and asked Meg for suggestions as to which Bollywood star I should look at.  She immediately, and without hesitation, said Sonam Kapoor (and linked me to her page on High Heel Confidential).  I was immediately quite impressed by Ms. Kapoor.  Sure, she’s had some not so great looks, but who hasn’t?  I love that she’s a risk-taker and that she, very obviously, loves fashion.

Sonam Kapoor wears a lot of one-of-a-kind couture gowns that are quite lovely, but ultimately un-replicable, so I decided to simply appreciate those looks from afar and concentrate on her less formal ensembles.  Kapoor had three ensembles that I was very impressed with, and, I’ve noticed by going through High Heel Confidential archives, that she goes back to often.  Obviously, she’s found somethings that work great for her and she’s smart enough to not let a good thing go!  So, we’re going to break down these looks and see if we can’t find a bit of Sonam Kapoor that works for us all!

Look # 1: “oh, oh, oh, she’s a lady!”

Sonam Kapoor is a lady, and you best remember that!  Kapoor loves to strut her stuff in fitted, ladylike ensembles like this beautifully fitted navy Burberry suit (below) or fitted Audrey Hepburn-like knee-length dresses.  She always choose unique cuts or colors to keep the classic look fresh and youthful.  The tailoring of the suit accentuates her svelte physique and shows of her long legs without being too risqué, while the small, ladylike peplum at the hem of her jacket gives her an extra bit of sexy curve.  Of all Kapoor’s looks, this is the one that any woman (or should I say lady?) can and should channel!  A well-fitting suit will flatter any figure and will never go out of style.

If you’re willing to put a dent in your budget, I’d definitely look at Burberry and St. John for beautifully made suits that will last you and your descendents several lifetimes. However, you do not have to break the bank to get a great suit.  I suggest looking at department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom because they’ll have a large selection of brands and sizes for a variety of prices.   For $200-$300 you’ll be able to find a lot of great options.  Remember to get your suit tailored.  There’s nothing worse than ain ill-fitting suit.  Spend $50 on tailoring and your $200 suit will look like it cost $1200.  Trust me.

To channel Kapoor’s specific Burberry look I picked out two suits from the Macy’s website.  A lovely light aqua suit by Tahari by ASL (right $240) and a wonderfully bright blue suit by Le Suit (left, $200).  Both are in unique, fresh colors perfect for work or a garden party and both have a subtle feminine detail at the waist.  Kapoor wore her Burberry suit buttoned up and without a blouse, which you could certainly do with these suits, but you could also pair them with a feminine blouse (Kapoor has done this on other occasions, like with this tweed Dior suit, just ignore the fishnets.  No lady should wear fishnets.  ever.)  You can find blouses anywhere from J. Crew to Ann Taylor to H&M.  They are a great way to get more outfits out of your suit!

Keep your jewelry to a minimum, maybe simple rings or a simple necklace, and choose mid height heels with pretty, feminine details like these Nordstrom BP Larissa Sandals ($59).

Look # 2: The Grecian Goddess

Sonam Kapoor loves to look like a goddess in draped dresses whether it’s for a red carpet event (Above, wearing Roberto Cavalli) or a more casual night out (Below, wearing Rachel Pally).  Kapoor has also worn various short versions of the goddess look, like this Manish Arora dress.  The elegant lines of these dresses accentuate her long, slender frame and the draping creates interest and curves on her body.  While I would recommend the longer gowns for taller individuals, I think the shorter versions would be flattering for many body types.

Kapoor’s Cavalli gown is couture and very hard to find, but you can find variations of her Rachel Pally dress at Shopbop, like this Shopbop exclusive Rachel Pally Grecian Dress ($238).  Pally doesn’t come cheap though.  For cheaper alternatives I would suggest stores like BCBG, The Limited, or Forever21.  To channel this look I chose, for the long look, the Crinkle Maxi Dress from Forever21 ($27.80) and, for the short look, the Draped Jersey V-Neck dress from BCBGeneration ($88).

Pair with bangles, hoop earrings, and other fun, slightly bohemian pieces.  For shoes pick metallic strappy sandals or heels.

Look #3: Cool Girl Chic


Kapoor has really cool eclectic street style.  I love her casual Fendi suit (above) or her even more casual airport attire (below).  She achieves many of her cool looks by combining menswear inspired pieces, like blazers and brogues, with casual staples, like tees and jeans. And she always adds extra oomph with a fabulous purse, like her Hermes Birkin and Ferragamo Sophia (above) and Balenciaga Moto Bag (below) and a pair of the ultimate cool girl shades – aviators.

To channel her cool girl vibe I’m going to first pull out my favorite basics.  My favorite jeans are Adriano Goldschmied, they’re perfect in fit and material for me and I have quite a few pairs.  If you’re into designer jeans, I’d urge you to check out AG jeans.   However, you needn’t run out and buy new jeans.  Simply pull out a pair of dark skinny jeans that you already own!  I’ll pull out my AG Stilt Cigarette Jeans in a very dark wash ($158).  Top off your jeans with a loose-fitting tee in black or white.  My favorite tank tops are all from H&M!

Now it’s time for some menswear!  Look at stores like Topshop, Urban outfitters, Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M for menswear inspired blazers and vests.  I’ve chosen a chic one button blazer from Uniqlo ($79) and paired it with Cooperative Canvas Cap-Toe Oxfords  from Urban Outfitters ($48).

This look is extremely versatile.  For summer, try a colorful blazer over shorts or a sundress and maybe add a fedora to block out the sun!  I’d complete this look with Ray Ban Classic Aviators ($139) in black, these are the original (and in my opinion best) aviators, and a nice, trendy bag.  For an on trend quality leather bag that won’t bankrupt you, I’d suggest Marc by Marc Jacobs.  I love everything Marc does and his diffusion line (Marc by Marc) is a great product for a nice price point.  The Marc by Marc Jacobs “Ozzie” Baby Aiden ($328) would be a great choice.  I particularly like it in bright plum, such a fun color!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my exploration into Sonam Kapoor’s style.  She’s made some great sartorial choices that any woman could emulate with great results.  The most important thing, though, is to have fun with your clothes!  Sonam Kapoor obviously does, and that’s why she has such cool and interesting outfits!

*all pictures of Kapoor are from highheelconfidential.com. Thank you, HHC!

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Actress Tang Wei had been hitting it out of the park at Cannes with her sartorial choices.  She was ethereally elegant in a white Valentino gown at The Weinstein Company VIP Press Event. I loved her hair too, it’s actually long but styled to look short.  It would be interesting if she ever chose to cut her hair that length because I think that would be very flattering.  She completed this stunning look by accessorizing with her “Wu Xia” co-star Takeshi Kaneshiro, my dream Asian man.  He makes anything better looking.

She was also wonderfully fresh and young looking in a Chanel Spring 2011 look at the “Wu Xia” photo call.  It’s a pretty hard ensemble to pull off (it could easily look matronly on a more curvy individual), but Tang Wei looked great.  The only thing I’d change is the hair, I think the stylists failed to account for the fact that the event was outdoors.  The wind made her hair look a bit messy/frizzy.  Still, she looks great and she’s young, so what if her hair is messy?

My favorite look of them all though, was the gorgeous light peachy pink Roberto Cavalli gown she wore to the “Wu Xia” premiere.  She accessorized with Chanel jewelry and Jimmy Choo heels.  This is possibly my favorite Cannes 2011 look, period.  She was stunning and the faux short hair was back!  Yay!   I loved the long train, totally glamourous and beautiful.  Perfect for a Cannes premiere.  And how fine does Takeshi look?  Perfection.

The buck stopped there.  She looked horrible at the premiere of “The Artist” wearing Dolce and Gabbana.  Well her hair and makeup was still good, but from neck down everything was a mess.

First of all, she looks way too casual.  A knee length star-printed dress and a white blazer would be fine for a photo call, but looks out of place at a premiere.  Especially a premiere in Cannes, where everyone is bring out the big glamour guns.  And then we have the fishnets and those hideous pumps.  Those shoes look cheap and outdated and, well, the fishnets are just mind boggling.  Who thought that was a good idea?  Fishnets are only appropriate of you’re slithering on a pole preparing to fling your clothes off.  And what’s up with those earrings?  They look like they’re from Claire’s.

This whole ensemble is inexplicable!  The only way this look could be improved would be if she called up Takeshi … to stand in front of her.  Wait a minute, that’s a great idea!  Let’s at least end this blog post on a good note.  You can thank me later.

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