Behind every stylish B-town celeb there’s an over-worked, creative AF hustler known as— The Stylist. No matter how amazing a celeb’s personal style may be, they always need their fairy godmother (stylist) to get them ready for the ball (any event of their life).
The stylist decides what the celeb’s look will be and puts together the outfit for them. It might sound simple but trust us (we know them and their hardships personally) it’s not a cake walk. Here are a few stylists who might be the reason behind your favourite celebrity’s slaying style game:
1. Anaita Shroff Adajania
Known for her spectacular editorial styling, Anaita Shroff Adajania is among India’s leading stylists. She started off her career as an assistant fashion editor with Elle magazine and today she’s the fashion director at Vogue India who also owns her very own styling consultancy called The Style Cell. She has styled many Bollywood A-listers for major events and has also been a costume designer in massive blockbuster movies. Keeping fashion aside you might’ve seen her play walk-in roles in Bollywood films like Kal Ho Na Ho and Dil Wale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Talk about being an all-rounder!
Celebrities styled: Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan.
2. Ami Patel
Former Fashion Director L’Officiel India and Creative Director Harpers Bazaar India, Ami Patel is the most successful freelance celebrity stylist at the moment. Be it Alia Bhatt‘s red carpet glam, Priyanka Chopra‘s chic OOTDs (when she’s in India) or Kangana Ranaut‘s fiery airport style, Ami is the woman behind it all. She also hosts her style session at many pop-ups around the country to help women with their style aesthetics. A true fashion superhero!
3. Shaleena Nathani
Everyone who loves Deepika Padukone knows that Shaleena Nathani is the friend who styles DP for all her appearances. She used to work at an export house before she got a chance to intern for Vogue. From working in Vogue to paving her own path with styling, Shaleena has achieved a lot in such a short time. Her Instagram account is a sight for sore eyes for every fashion girl; It’s not only filled with style goals of Deepika but also some of her own great OOTDs. She’s also an inspiration when it comes to fitness with her Nike running journey.
Celebrities styled: Deepika Padukone & Shah Rukh Khan.
4. Rhea Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor and sister Rhea Kapoor are two very fashionable human beings who also share a company together—Rheason. Rhea started her career in Bollywood not as a designer or stylist but as a film producer of Aisha which also starred Sonam. Today aside from being a movie producer, she’s the reason why Sonam’s unique OOTDs never go wrong!
Celebrities styled: Sonam Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor Khan.
5. Tanya Ghavri
Tanya Ghavri is one of the most aspiring celebrity stylists in the country. Even though she couldn’t complete her degree in design from Parsons School Of Fashion, New York, due to some family issues, she stuck to fashion and made a mark by working hard. Today she styles who’s who of Bollywood and runs her own bridal styling consultancy and pop-up label called the Dhoom Dham Wedding Trunk.
Celebrities styled: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Pooja Hegde, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jhanvi Kapoor.
6. Sanjana Batra
Sanjana Batra is a celebrity stylist who’s been acing looks of many B-town divas with her sheer talent and self-attained fashion aesthetics. She has had no formal education in fashion or design but that didn’t stop her from being one of the best. She’s a live example of the saying—Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Celebrities styled: Parineeti Chopra, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Tamanaah Bhatia, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin.
7. Mohit Rai
Thank you thank you @perniaspopupshop @perniaq for thinking I have any personal style whatsoever…Special thanks to my not-so-good boy Noah for behaving himself for 17 seconds, and special love to @nikhilthampi for art directing pretty much everything in my life. Shot by @nehachandrakant ???? wearing @_huemn and @prada
Mohit Rai started his career at Harpers’s Bazaar India before becoming the Fashion Director at Harper’s Bazaar Bride and now runs his own style consultancy. He’s also the reason (and the stylist) behind the Instafame travel couple Murad and Nataly Osmann shoot of #FollowMeTo series in India. His out-of-the-box styling concepts and drive for showcasing creativity are what makes him such a successful celebrity stylist in the industry.
Celebrities styled: Sonakshi Sinha, Vaani Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Kajol, Murad & Nataly Osmann.
8. Allia Al Rufai
With a Masters Degree in Marketing & Management, Allia Al Rufai was always more inclined towards fashion. Her career-starting move was being hired as a stylist in the Bollywood movie Fashion. Right after the movie, she was selected to be a part of the team at Harper’s Bazaar India. After learning the ropes of the industry she took out on her own and became a celebrity stylist with a penchant for travel. Her Instagram feed is something we stalk on a dull day because it’s filled with style and vacay goals!
Celebrities styled: Anushka Sharma.
9. Nitasha Gaurav
Nitasha Gaurav‘s road to styling success didn’t come so easy to her. It was hard to believe when we found out that her mother wanted her to be a doctor and for which she even gave a medical exam. That, fortunately, didn’t work for her and she shifted to pursuing fashion by starting out as a fashion editor at Femina. Today she’s known to be the woman behind one man’s quirky unstoppable style—Ranveer Singh.
Celebrities styled: Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor.
10. Sukriti Grover
Sukriti Grover who’s a part of Anaita’s Style Cell has emerged as a force to reckon with thanks to her easy yet edgy styling for fashionista Kriti Sanon. Aside from being a celebrity stylist, she also co-founded not one but two designer labels with her sister Aakriti Grover—Surkiti & Aakriti and Flirtatious. She’s had her fair share of experience as a costume stylist in movies and movie promotion styling. We’re never getting tired of her Instagram game ever.
Celebrities styled: Kriti Sanon, Bipasha Basu.
11. Aastha Sharma
Celebrity stylist became the talk of the town weeks after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan debuted her Cannes red carpet Cinderella gown. She was the one who picked out the number from Michael Cinco that became one of the most iconic looks in the history of Cannes red carpet. Aastha graduated from Pearl Academy, Delhi and in just a few years landed up styling the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya, exclusively. Now that’s what we call hitting the jackpot!
Celebrities styled: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Esha Gupta, Bhumi Pednekar.
12. Esha Amiin
Esha Amiin has traveled far and wide presenting collections to international brands when she used to be the head designer for India’s leading export houses. The exposure to international fashion gave her a new found love for styling and she joined Style Cell. After gaining insight into personal styling she branched out on her own as a stylist and styled for TVCs, magazines, and events. In 2014 she started her own label of designs called Esha Amiin. Now, that’s how you turn your passion into a business in the best way!
Celebrities styled: Lara Bhupathi, Athiya Shetty, Karisma Kapoor, Chitrangda Singh, Sophie Chaudry.
13. Maneka Harisinghani
Maneka Harisinghani used to work as a fashion journalist at Times Of India when she was asked to assist on a celebrity styling project. Since then she’s been her own boss and added to the style of many Bollywood bombshells. Keep up the glam, girl!
Celebrities styled: Malaika Arora, Lisa Ray, Amrita Arora, Mahira Khan.
14. Isha Bhansali
Graduating from London College of Fashion with an MA in Fashion Journalism Isha Bhansali started her career as a writer at Elle, India. She soon started her journey styling the stars and had the opportunity to work with top brands. Her fashion aesthetics make our Bollywood man candies look uber stylish and we can’t get enough of her dapper choices for them.
Celebrities styled: Ayushmann Khurrana, Raj Kummar Rao, Jimmy Sheirgill, Irrfan Khan, Ali Fazal.
Now you know, who’s the reason behind your favourite celebrity’s uber hot style game. You may want to follow them on the gram and get the style dose directly from the experts!