Your Outfit Monday: Bollywood Ready
It's Bollywood week here in Tampa! If you haven't heard, the International Indian Film Association has chosen Tampa as the location to host what folks refer to as the Bollywood Oscars, the biggest awards show in the Bollywood industry. I'll be reporting from the IIFA "green carpet" this week, capturing the eye candy sparkle gear on all the stars. Rest assured pictures will happen.Follow all the Times' coverage right here.
By my side the entire time (if I get my way) will be Caitlin O'Conner, a Times copy editor and devoted fan of Bollywood movies and Indian culture. She's also an accomplished blogger on the topic, and as such she's our resident Bollywood expert here at the Times, and she also happens to be in India as we speak (she gets back just in time for the festivities in Tampa this week). Before she caught her plane, she was kind enough to pose for a photo in one of her beautiful Indian saris. I asked her to write a little post explaining the sari to us noobs who are scrambling for something a little more festive than an LBD to wear to the big event. Take it away, Caitlin:
"India's traditional dress the sari isn't really a dress so much as a wrap; it's 5 to 9 yards of fabric that can be wrapped in dozens if not hundreds of ways. This one is cotton -- the state of West Bengal is known for its cotton saris and puffy-sleeved blouses -- and it was given to me by a friend.
"I'm also partial to the salwar kameez, the subcontinent's pants suit with a tunic and a long scarf, but nothing can make you feel quite the way a flowing sari does. It takes a lot of poise to wear it right -- one wrong move and it starts to unravel."
We are impressed, and also slightly more educated. Is anyone going to the Bollywood Oscars? Tweet us your pics at @dealdivas!