Deepika Padukone’s Ultimate Guide to Style and Fashion | Little Black Book | Harper’s BAZAAR


– Hi, I’m Deepika Padukone. I’m an actor, producer,
and philanthropist. (smooth music) I’ll be opening up my Little Black Book and bringing you into my world. Subscribe to the Bazaar channel so you don’t miss an episode. (light music) Another important aspect of being an actor and being in the movie
business is fashion, so I think most obviously, in
my Little Black Book today, I’ll take you through some
of my thoughts on fashion and what that means to me. I was a model before I became an actor, but before that, I was a badminton player, but we’ll talk about that another time. Modeling happened to me, really, in a way that I didn’t expect. So pay attention. My close friend’s mother was and still is one of the most respected and
successful modeling agents. Apparently, she’d always
tell my mother that I should become a model, but
it was through Anila Anand that I did a couple of
campaigns as a child, just for the exposure
and just for some fun. I went for my first solo
holiday when I was 16 and when I came back, it’s
that time in your life when your parents sit you down and ask you what you want to do with your life, and at this point, I was a
professional badminton player, so this is when I said to them I said, “I don’t want to
pursue badminton anymore,” and that I would seriously like to pursue modeling and acting. I think it was that experience that then prepared me for the movies. (speaking in foreign language) So a very, very important part of my, I think, fashion and style evolution, I think the first person who
had a huge impact on my life is Anaita Shroff-Adajania. She’s been a stylist with
me for many, many years and along the way, I
also met, through her, Shaleena, who’s been my stylist now for the last couple of years. – My first film was “Love Aaj
Kal,” which Deepika was in. So, when I started
working in the industry, I started working with Anaita. Anaita was styling Deepika at that point. That’s how my journey with her started. I started working with her as an assistant with someone else, then I
started working with her independently, six years,
six, seven years ago. We know what the event is and then we choose a couple of words for what we feel that event will be. Do want to be sexy or do we
just want to be glamorous or we just want to keep it cool, so we try and get a little bit of a mood and a vibe of what we want
to look like for that event. The most important is how
she’s feeling that day and how she feels when
she puts the outfit on and she knows instantly, I think, when I see her in something, especially in the pictures
that we take for the fitting, when she likes something,
she’s always smiling, if she’s not sure about something, her expression is a bit different and I’ve realized that over time when I go through my phone,
’cause my entire phone is filled with pictures
of her in our fittings, so I know what she likes
and what she doesn’t like. Deepika’s personal style, actually, I personally feel like
it’s changed over time. So when I started, it
was more jeans, T-shirt, it was more basic. Deepika also has an obsession with bags. She likes really big bags ’cause she carries her
entire house in her bag. Any time you need anything,
it can be medicine, it can be a scissor, it
can be needle and thread, it can be anything and she will have it. Now, I feel she’s started experimenting, like when she goes out and shops, she’ll buy some really interesting pieces, great pieces, of course, but interesting and I’m also like, oh, I mean, I never thought you’d buy this. So I think she surprises
herself and she surprises me and she’s really cute
when she goes shopping ’cause she’s really, she’s like, “Oh, I just bought this
because I thought it was nice.” So she’s a little conscious
to show me what she’s bought, which I think is amazing. Her style has evolved. She’s more open to
experimenting, trying new things. She always says, “You
know, it should be fun. “It’s something we should enjoy, “we shouldn’t take it too seriously.” – Over the years, exposure
to magazines or social media, even movies and through the
characters that I’ve played, I think they’ve really
allowed me to understand and embrace fashion in a
very, very different way. So nothing seems strange or
weird or bizarre to me anymore. While I believe that my
inherent style is just simple and classic and elegant, having that exposure to the modeling world and also being an actor
has really allowed me to play with fashion and not really box or restrict myself anymore. It’s kind of what it’s evolved
into over a period of time. (light music) – The pink and red trend, that’s
one of my favorite trends. So many people were wearing
it at the Emmy’s this year and I just think those colors
look so great together, like even if you’re
wearing a bright pink suit and you just do a red lip, I think it just complements
each other so well. I mean, certain things that we’ve been really working with now
are bright, pop colors, maybe bright pink and blue and a lot of her looks have been, like a lot of athleisure, we’re
doing a lot of sporty looks with really cool sneakers,
especially when she’s traveling, we put some really fun looks together, even for her events
now, we’re trying to do something a little different every time. Using a lot of color, actually. – The designer that I really
enjoyed wearing most recently was the neon green Giambattista Valli gown and, in general, I feel like I love the work that he’s doing. It’s large and it’s vibrant
and it’s colorful and I feel like I’m going through a phase where I really enjoy that. – I have to say, it was a
lot of pressure this year because last year, we
did a pink, Ashi dress and we literally came back, after we walked the red
carpet and Deepika was like, “Shal, what are you
going to do next year?” I already started feeling
the pressure of it when we started coming back to Bombay and I was like what are we gonna do to make it bigger in every way? Like, in size, in the
kind of coverage it got. It just had to be wow. How it came together, like
when it was traveling, it was still huge. After it got ironed and opened out, it was hanging from the ceiling and it still wasn’t fitting in the room. And her reaction when she
entered the room was like, “Oh my God,” like it was humongous, I couldn’t believe how big it was. The great part about
working with Deepika is we work on everything together. It’s also about how she’s feeling in the moment of what she
feels she wants to wear that day because, at the end of the day, if she feels good in what she’s wearing, it will look fantastic. – I think the beauty of
our relationship is that we get each other, we
understand each other. We’ve become very, very close friends and, today, it’s not just about work, but it’s about comfort
and I can look at her or not look at her
she’ll understand exactly what I’m thinking or feeling. I think those are the relationships that I look forward to the most in my life because we’ve started from somewhere. We almost sort of started
our careers together and she was an assistant. To see her evolve in front of my eyes, to see her growth, and to see
her evolution makes me happy. I feel like the journey with
her is what I value the most. (light music)

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