Style Check: Bombay Velvet

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While Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet starring Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor got a rather low response during the first weekend of its release, the production of the movie is definitely appreciated by critics as well as the audience. With costumes being a vital element of this movie, Fashion Most Wanted explored the style quotient, frame by frame and not one outfit failed to be steal-worthy.

Bombay Velvet Movie Review
Bombay Velvet

Costume designer Niharika Khan is the mind responsible behind the elaborate, vintage outfits that perfectly fit with the era of 50s and 60s. Anushka’s stage costumes are dramatic and over-the-top, while she appears in a no-fuss avatar during alone moments at home. Ranbir Kapoor on the other hand, is all suited up with his style progressing with his status as he tries to blend in with the top-notch class.

Understand each character better by decoding their style statements.

Anushka Sharma

Rosie Noronha (Anushka) vacillates between playing a gorgeous diva and a simply-clad girl. While on stage, she is dressed in dramatic stage outfits with cabaret being a huge hit in the 60s.

Helen vs Anushka
Helen vs Anushka

The ensembles Helen grooved in an era long gone, the cabaret look was if at all, a role-playing choice. However, Anushka made everything look real-time, and not a fancy dress competition.

Shimmer Outfits
Shimmer Outfits

Long gowns with exaggerated trails, elaborate feathers, head gears, red roses were predominant in the movie. Shimmer was almost an inseparable part of Anushka’s stage ensembles. Big earrings, winged eye-liner, bouffant hair style and cloth headbands shouted sixties vividly.


When off the spot light, the lass wore simple dresses featuring popular vintage print patterns such as plaid, polka and floral. Head scarves, white framed sunnies, hand gloves and hats added the gorgeous and elegant vibe to the retro attires.

What’s the doable element? Sunnies, sheath dresses and high-waist bikinis!

Ranbir Kapoor  and Karan Johar

While Johny (Ranbir) is trying to fit in the rich, English-speaking class of businessmen, he ensures he dresses like one. Three-piece, double-breasted suits in shades of brown, blue, grey along with white dominated over black.  Everybody wore sunglasses in the movie and so did Johny.

Ranbir Kapoor

Bow ties, ties, brooches looked fabulously classy. While, one can adapt the bow-ties, and brooches, I would suggest stay clear of the few corduroy suits seen in the movie.


Khambata (Karan Johar) a capitalist is seen in suits and often wears silk scarves with them as well as pocket squares and brooches. Printed shirts with solid suiting exude the vibe of a sharp businessman, making Karan Johar’s look true to his character. Take a cue on get your stock of pocket squares and brooches, I have a feeling they’re gonna be loved!


If you think fashion is mean then you are far-away from reality. The Bombay Velvet team will be auctioning the costumes online and the proceeds will be given away to charity. Get ready to bid, this time for something far more meaningful.

Which vintage fashion sweeps you off your feet? We’d love to know!

By: Akanksha Narang

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