Is Ranbir Kapoor The ‘Male Sonam Kapoor’?

Zina Tasreen , 12 Oct 2016
Ranbir Kapoor in Raghavendra Rathore at the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti 2016 (Photo courtesy | Viral Bhayani)
Ranbir Kapoor in Raghavendra Rathore

Ranbir Kapoor attended the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti 2016 a few days back suitably dressed in a maroon silk kurta and black churidaars from Raghavendra Rathore. I’m a sucker for desi menswear but that outfit had me at the lush colour!

Ranbir Kapoor in Raghavendra Rathore at the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti 2016 (Photo courtesy | Viral Bhayani)
Ranbir Kapoor

But there’s another thing I want to bring your attention towards: the fit of his churidaars. It’s perfect! And this is possibly the first time I’ve seen a Bollywood hombre sport churidaars that are not sagging and for that props must be given to his stylist, Vainglorious.

Ranbir Kapoor in Antar-Agni Autumn/Winter’16 during Ae Dil Hai Mushkil promotions
Ranbir Kapoor in Antar-Agni Autumn/Winter’16

He must really like maroon for desi wear ‘cos he sported it earlier in the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil promotion trail: a claret deconstructed salwar suit from Antar-Agni’s Autumn/Winter’16 collection. Ranbir looked just so dashing in it — hubba-hubba!

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Ranbir Kapoor in Corneliani jacket, Ermenegildo Zegna shirt, Neil Barrett jeans and Tod’s leather wingtip brogues during Ae Dil Hai Mushkil promotions
Ranbir Kapoor in Andrea Ya’aqov jacket, Lost & Found Ria Dunn T-shirt, Rajesh Pratap Singh trousers and Guidi boots during Ae Dil Hai Mushkil promotions at the Close-Up First Move Party 2016
Ranbir Kapoor in Burberry jacket, Neil Barrett T-shirt and jeans, and OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ sneakers during Ae Dil Hail Mushkil promotions on the sets of Dance+ season 2 grand finale (Photo courtesy | Viral Bhayani)
Ranbir Kapoor in Tom Ford suit, shirt and tie, and O’Keeffe ‘Cary’ shoes at the India Today Unforgettables event
Ranbir Kapoor in Dsquared2 jacket, Avant Toi knitwear, Belstaff Spring/Summer’17 biker jeans and Tod’s studded leather sneakers during Ae Dil Hai Mushkil promotions on the sets of Super Dancer
Ranbir Kapoor in Raghavendra Rathore at the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti 2016 (Photo courtesy | Viral Bhayani)
Ranbir Kapoor in Antar-Agni Autumn/Winter’16 during Ae Dil Hai Mushkil promotions


Speaking of Ae Dil Hain Mushkil promotions, it looks like Ranbir is on a mission to prove that he really is the ‘male Sonam Kapoor, ‘cos like her, he too has been sporting brands that are either high-end or for those in-the-know — and is looking rather rakish while at it. So far, he was seen in high-end designer brands such as Tom Ford, Burberry, Tod’s, Corneliani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Neil Barrett, Belstaff and Dsquared2, which he mixed up with niche or streetwear-inspired brands like Andrea Ya’aqov, Guidi, Avant Toi, Lost & Found Ria Dunn, O’Keeffe and OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™.

Ranbir Kapoor in Neil Barrett white ‘Lightning Bolt’ T-shirt during Ae Dil Hail Mushkil promotions on the sets of Dance+ season 2 grand finale (Photo courtesy | Viral Bhayani)
Ranbir Kapoor in Neil Barrett white ‘Lightning Bolt’ T-shirt
Ranbir Kapoor in OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ black ‘Diagonals’ lo-top sneakers during Ae Dil Hail Mushkil promotions on the sets of Dance+ season 2 grand finale (Photo courtesy | Viral Bhayani)
Ranbir Kapoor in OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ black ‘Diagonals’ lo-top sneakers

But it was the sighting of OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ during the Dance+ finale that got my attention. For the uninitiated, OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ is THE buzzy brand of the moment, seen on the likes on Rihanna, Kanye West, Gigi Hadid, Justin Bieber, Joe Jonas and the other cool cats du jour. It is designed by Virgil Abloh, Kanye West’s long-time creative consultant, who blends an edgy streetwear aesthetic with luxury-level construction and positioning. Ranbir sported the black ‘Diagonals’ lo-tops from the brand’s Spring/Summer’16 collection, pairing it with skinny-ish black jeans and white ‘Lightning Bolt’ t-shirt from Neil Barrett, and dark taupe satin bomber from Burberry. Mighty impressive stuff!

So, which one of Ranbir’s looks so far from the Ae Dil Hail Mushkil press junket is your fave? Mine — in case you haven’t figured yet! — was the one to the Dance+ finale. It was imbued with youthful attitude, it was contemporary — and he looked confident and comfortable in it, which is the definition of effortless.

PS- Speaking of his stylists, did you know that one half of the stylish duo was featured on The Sartorialist? It’s THE Sartoriaist I’m talking about, in case that hasn’t sunk in.

Pix: Viral Bhayani for MissMalini and Vainglorious

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