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Styling Ms Basu & Shruti Haasan
FSJ December, 2012

Styling Ms Basu & Shruti Haasan


You remember Shruti Haasan stepping out in a bikini or her trendy biker’s gear in Luck, her first Hindi film?

Did you just see Bipasha Basu traditionally dressed to kill and flashing her dimples at Rohit Shetty’s sister Mehek’s wedding?

Both contrasting creations came from Binal. 
Her label is Binal S, you’ll find her clothes retailing at fashion store AZA in Mumbai, Delhi and Dubai.


Married to film director Soham Shah, Binal has styled for a spate of ad campaigns, television shows, photo shoots, fashion events and for big budget films like Luck, Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji and now Sher.

In the year 2007, Binal was nominated and subsequently won the Cannes Award for the Rolling Stones magazine for which she was required to create an embellished image of Madonna and Jim Morrison, using Indian embroidery techniques.

Here’s more, straight from Binal herself.






When did you get into designing?
I got into designing in 2005-2006.

Any formal training for the same?
I took a course from Central Saint Martins on Tottenham Court Road in London and started running a design studio of my own.

And the Bollywood break?

That happened with the feature film Luck. When Shruti Haasan made her debut, she really liked the way I came up with her look.

How was her style of dressing?
Shruti Haasan is the most amazing muse to style. Truly a stylist’s dream with her hour-glass figure, her flawless skin and striking good looks. She carried off everything I gave her in Luck and made my work look even more fabulous.

Bipasha is a stunning-looking girl with a fantastic personality. You put her in a pair of jeans and a white racer back top and she will make heads turn”

Who are the celebs you have dressed up so far?
I have styled heroines like Bipasha Basu, Kangana Ranaut, Humaima Malick (the Bol girl from Pakistan), Minissha Lamba, Mallika Sherawat, Jacqueline Fernandes, Shahzaan Padamsee, Manjari Phadnis, Sonal Chauhan. And last but not the least, my most favourite Shruti Haasan.

So Shruti is your favourite?
It has been a pleasure working with all of them, but Luck was both Shruti’s and my first film. So we have a special bonding. Bipasha is a stunner and Humaima Malick from Pakistan, who has been cast in the under-production Sher, is someone to look out for. She’ll go a long way. I haven’t done any film with Bipasha but I have styled her for many events.

Shhh!
A few intimate details about

BIPASHA

Her height: 5’9”
Her shoe size: European 41, Indian 10
Her waist: 27”

SHRUTI
Her height: 5’7”
Her shoe size: European 38, Indian 7
Her waist: 26”








Any films that you are currently styling for?
I have just finished working on Sher, produced by Ashtavinayak and directed by Soham, starring Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi and Humaima Malick. I am also working on Prabhudheva’s next film produced by Tips. Shruti plays the main lead in it.


“Shruti Haasan is the most amazing muse to style. Truly a stylist’s dream with her hour-glass figure, her flawless skin and striking good looks”


What’s Shruti’s look in this Prabhudheva film?
Shruti’s character is that of a simple young village girl. Hence she is dressed in very pretty suits throughout the film.

How did you come up with the look?
As Shruti is a very versatile looking girl and really young, it was easy to come up with the look. For me, less is always more. With beautiful colour combinations and great cuts, I made pretty suits for her keeping her character in mind.


“Shruti is extremely fresh, a very pretty young girl with a body to die for. She carries Indians and westerns equally well”


Since Bipasha is dusky and broad-built while Shruti is fair-complexioned and slim, what factors do you keep in mind while designing for each of them?
Bipasha is a stunning-looking girl with a fantastic personality. You put her in a pair of jeans and a white racer back top and she will make heads turn. So basically you don’t have to do much with her.
Shruti is extremely fresh, a very pretty young girl with a body to die for. She carries Indians and westerns equally well and does justice to every look I put her in.

How is Bipasha’s sense of style and fashion? Does she come up with suggestions of her own or go along with what you put together for her?
Bipasha is a perfectionist and working with her is a pleasure because she is very clear with her brief and knows what she likes. When your artiste knows what she wants, it’s really easy to put your combined expertise together and work towards a look. She is very minimalist in her tastes and has an impeccable style.

If you had to style for a shoot at the last minute, how would you go about it?
I would first see who I am styling for. Secondly, I would keep in mind what the client conducting the shoot requires. Then I’ll put together a look where my artiste is comfortable and looks great, at the same time I’ll give the client what he wants. Basically, I’m the key between the client and my artiste and I make sure both of them are equally happy!

Fashion for you is .....
Global! Every individual has her own style, and fashion is a very liberal form of creativity!




If you weren’t a fashion designer, you would have been?

I can’t think of anything else.


“Salman Khan is a style statement by himself”

According to you, the most stylish actor?
I love Salman Khan. He is a style statement by himself.

Most glamorous actress?
Bipasha Basu, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and Shruti Haasan.

Share a few fashion tips please.
Less is more!
Always dress according to your body type and not according to what is in or not.
I am not a sucker for big brand names. If it’s a high street dress but fits well, you feel and look great in it, just go for it.
A great pair of shoes always lifts an outfit. Of course the correct accessories make a look.
Don’t be too focused on what size you wear as long as it fits the way it’s supposed to fit on you!





By Celebrity Fashion Editor
Tejaswini Kolhapure

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