The best and brightest of Bollywood fashion!
Last week felt like some kind of sequin-dipped dream, certainly not like normal life in Tampa. As you probably know, the International Indian Film Academy hosted the Bollywood Oscars here, bringing thousands upon thousands of Bollywood fans and journalists from around the world to partake in the spectacle.
I was there for much of it, reporting for the Times from IIFA's "green carpet," which organizers swapped out for the traditional red for environmental causes. The green carpet was a mess of elbows to the gut while jockeying for position to get a glimpse of stars, but once I got to the front, I was able to lay eyes on some of pretty luxurious fashions. I took a day of rest yesterday, but couldn't let too much time slip by without sharing the eye candy with you Deal Divas fans.
Here's a slideshow of some of the stars and the finery they sported at the big events. If you click through to the end, you'll see a couple of the items I wore while covering IIFA, both dresses designed by my best friend since I was 11, Summer Gray. She's creative director of locally-based ballroom dance and evening gown company Designs to Shine, and was kind enough to loan me the clothes after I sent her some desperate text messages to the tune of, "ERMAHGERD BOLLYWOOD HELP." As I have always said -- keep your friends close and your fashion designer friends closer.
This was a learning experience for me in many ways, not the least of which was on the fashion tip. Times' Bollywood expert Cailtin O'Conner schooled me on Indian fashion, and I came away with a greater understanding of everything from saris to lehenga cholis (Indian skirts and tops), to salwar kameez (Indian pants suits for women), to kurtas (men's loose fitting long shirts often worn with pajama-style pants). And I really, really, really want a pair of the glam gold earrings shaped like bells I saw go by time and time again.
Missed the coverage? Relive all the stories from all the Times' reporters on our Bollywood page right here, including a little video photographer Eve Edelheit and I did taking folks backstage into all the fashion madness.