When she first burst onto the scene in 2007 with Om Shanti Om, model Deepika Padukone let her style fall in line with the widely-accepted Bollywood actress stereotype: over-the-top Indian wear, loud highlights in her hair and strong make-up.
During those years, the star was complimented more for her sculpted looks than her fashion sensibilities. There were some memorable disasters — like that tulle and fur concoction she wore to the Chandni Chowk To China movie premiere in 2009.
In November 2010, she went head-to-head with Sonam Kapoor over the subject of style, when they guest starred on Koffee With Karan together.
It was only in 2011 that our September cover star really came into her own and started picking silhouettes and edgy styles that suited her model good looks and poise.
It started with a CUE by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna one-shoulder metallic dress, a difficult silhouette for anybody without Padukone’s athletic arms.
The Bollywood actress then discovered the magic of New York-based designer Naeem Khan, repeatedly choosing evening looks from his runway shows.
Fitted silhouettes and plenty of high-wattage shine, the styling ensured all of Padukone’s best features were highlighted without stealing the attention away from her personality.
Her evolution into a sartorial savant, especially one who doesn’t shy away from daring red carpet moments, was cemented with two looks that generated a thousand headlines — a red Gaurav Gupta gown that she wore to the September 2012 GQ Men Of The Year awards, and a Prabal Gurung cutout dress for the Filmfare Awards in January this year.
Now Padukone doesn’t just have a killer body, but an equally deadly wardrobe to show it off with