Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone on Her Rise from Actordom to Stardom, High Fashion Partnerships, and Self-Care

Deepika Padukone on Her Rise from Actordom to Stardom, High Fashion Partnerships, and Self-Care

A decade-and-a-half after her silver-screen debut, the actress remains at the top of her game. And acting is not all she’s doing well.
Cape, Mrs Keepa; dress, Zuhair Murad; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti; necklace, Cartier. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
Under a condenser microphone is, what we assume, a script – a stack of spiral-bound sheets. The title is illegible and out of focus. There’s a white coffee mug on the far left, the caps of two highlighter pens providing neon color pops in an otherwise grayscale frame. #WIP #pathaan is all that the caption reveals. Deepika Padukone’s Instagram post from late September tells us what we already know, but we bite anyway. The last time we checked, 259,517 people had liked her post, the comments a series of fire-hot emojis. Perhaps it’s the sudden reminder that movie stars do mundane things like reading stacks of A4 sheets while dosing on caffeine that tugs at our heartstrings.
Now, Padukone and I are speaking on Zoom on a Friday night, her profile image a photograph of white orchids against a sunny blue sky. When prodded to reveal a little more about the upcoming January 2023 release that stars Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham alongside her, she says, “Magnum opus. I think Siddharth Anand is fantastic at doing that – making really cool, slick, good looking movies. Pathaan is the kind of movie you want to go back to the cinema hall for, with your popcorn, and with your family.”
Top, skirt, shoes, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
It’s been 15 years since Padukone made her Bollywood debut with the Farah Khan-directed Om Shanti Om, the distance from actordom to stardom traversed in the 162-minute-long running time of a film dedicated to Bollywood, in which she played a movie star as well as an actress hired to impersonate the aforementioned movie star. Since then, Padukone has played cab driver, assassin, party girl, acid-attack survivor, queen, runaway bride, and yoga instructor, among other roles, and worked with the most acclaimed directors of the Hindi film industry, from Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat) to Shoojit Sircar (Piku), Homi Adajania (Cocktail, Finding Fanny), and Rohit Shetty (Chennai Express). She was last seen on screen in Gehraiyaan (2022), which revolved around a love affair running into murky waters.
Cape, Mrs Keepa; dress, Zuhair Murad; necklace, Cartier. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
The genres of her films, which span grand historical sagas staged in crystal-and mirror-drenched sets to road trips with family and few outfit changes, have showcased the range of the actress’s talent; whether she’s playing Mastani with her fierce luminescence or Piku dealing with her aging father with both annoyance and equanimity. “I feel I value the journey a lot more today than I probably would have if, say, you had spoken to me 10 years ago,” says Padukone. “I can see the obstacles and moments where I could have faltered –and it’s not to say I haven’t faltered or made mistakes – but I was able to go through this like a horse with blinkers on and not let anything pull me down. It’s a little bit like what I would tell my younger self… I feel it’s been a pretty incredible journey.”
Jacket, pants, belt, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
The year 2022, with its airport paparazzi and Insta Reels and hookstep challenges, is different from the milieu in which Padukone entered the film industry. Om Shanti Om (2007) came after a spell of modeling, with Farah Khan reportedly casting her after spotting her in a Himesh Reshammiya music video. Before modeling, Padukone, the daughter of Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone, was a national-level badminton player. “For a young girl growing up in this country 15 or 20 years ago, when there was no social media, you were so colored by everything you were fed,” she reminisces. “The way a heroine is supposed to be, the way she is supposed to conduct herself, the way she should enter the industry, the kind of movies she should do… You come into this world thinking that if you want to be a successful actor, you have to be all of these things. And then you discover along the way that you can also do it your way.”
Dress, Zuhair Murad; gloves, stylist’s own; necklace, Cartier. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
One of the most remarkable waves to have swept the Indian film industry in recent years has been the rise of the “pan-India film” – typically, made-for-the-big-screen blockbusters with ensemble casts and grandiose themes, often dubbed simultaneously in many languages, exemplified by the likes of Baahubali, KGF, and RRR and their mega success. So far, the films have mostly come from the Telugu and Kannada film industries, and Bollywood is seeking to emulate it. What does Padukone, who hails from Karnataka, think of the phenomenon? “I think I’m on the side that says it was high time. I’ve always wondered why we worked in clusters. When you work as a collective, it becomes such a powerful narrative. It’s nice to see how everyone is coming together and making films for a much larger audience, not just for the 1.5 billion people in our country but also for the world.”
Dress, top, pants, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
Like many of us, Padukone spent the Covid-19 lockdown alternating between despair, ennui, and gratitude. “It was a bittersweet time. In the second wave the whole family went through it together. My father was in the hospital. You’re being a caregiver while also recovering from it yourself… But in the first wave, like with everyone else, there was a lot of confusion, trying to find calm within all this and trying to take care of those around you,” she recalls. The lockdown also happened a little over a year after her wedding with actor Ranveer Singh. “We’d just married, and soon after that we got back into work, so this [the lockdown] was really when we got uninterrupted time with each other.” In her own life, she says, downtime and self-care are indispensable. “Making time for myself is a very important part of my self-care, whether it’s a digital detox or working only certain hours a day or certain days a week. And I think that my experience with mental illness has brought me to this space today. I prioritize my mind and my body over everything else. Did it take an illness to bring me to that level of awareness? Yes. But I guess that’s what it is. Sometimes you need to go through those experiences to really come out of something having learned something,” she says. Padukone made headlines in 2015, when, in an interview with news channel NDTV, she spoke out about being diagnosed with depression a year prior – a rare (and powerful) revelation coming from an Indian celebrity. The Live Love Laugh Foundation that she set up in 2015 has been working towards making mental-health counseling accessible to all. There are programs for schools, doctors, and villages, as well as a counseling assist helpline.
Dress, top, pants, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Julien Vallon. Vogue Arabia, October 2022
Padukone has been in the global spotlight of late. One of the actress’s most talked-about public appearances in recent months was as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival this year alongside the likes of Asghar Farhadi, Noomi Rapace, and Rebecca Hall, among others. The occasion, as expected, brought with it a range of stellar fashion choices. An ochre-and-black sequin-plastered Sabyasachi sari inspired by the Bengal tiger. An ivory-hued Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla bubble-hem sari with a pearl collar, which saw her looking every bit the sea goddess on the French riviera. A floral Richard Quinn and a flaming Ashi Studio sculptural gown from the Saudi label was lauded by her 69 million followers – and many custom Louis Vuitton looks, thanks to her being appointed ambassador of the French maison, the first Indian celebrity in the role. As this collaboration was announced, fans rejoiced and underlined online the importance of representation, and of having a south Asian star as the face of the heritage European brand. The actress describes Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s creative director, as “gentle, sensitive, and generous.” On the year-old association withthe brand, she comments, “[For] the way they’ve welcomed me into the Louis Vuitton family and proudly flaunted me across the world, I just feel grateful at the moment.” Meanwhile, her “off-duty” wardrobe was equally streamlined – athleisure co-ords, loads of denim and oversized shirts, and pristine sneakers. “At the core of it, so much of [fashion] is what I’ve seen and learned from my mother – classic and elegant. But over the years, having been a model and an actress and being able to engage with some of the best creative minds in the world and playing different characters, your style evolves. I think I’ve now found that place where I’m able to have fun with fashion,” she says, having also just been announced as an official Friend of the maison Cartier.

The weekend is coming up. Padukone has recently started watching the HBO satire The White Lotus. Like many, the actress sometimes enjoys time on the couch in front of her TV. “How do I explain this…? Right from Emily in Paris to Succession, I’ve watched everything,” she reveals. “My life before I became an actress and a model was so rigid and disciplined because I was an athlete. I didn’t watch television; I didn’t grow up watching many movies. Today I feel I can actually sit and understand and enjoy something, whether it’s a movie or a show… It’s also an escape, right?” Padukone is also a “music junkie”; her current earworm is the AP Dhillon number ‘Summer High’. Her husband, she says, finds her taste in music both “good” and “commercial.” She enjoys working out and is also obsessed with organizing. “My husband and people around me don’t know why I keep cleaning all the time, but I find that therapeutic,” she laughs. There’s also her recent love for cross-stitch, which she picked up during a bout of Covid. “Yes, don’t even ask… The list is endless.” In Dubai recently for this shoot with Vogue Arabia, Padukone wishes she visited the Emirates more often and, for once, not for work. She was last in the region in December, for the world premiere of 83 at the Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah. Where would she go first? “I know this is highly inappropriate, but I’m going to say…the mall. I’ve been here so often. I’ve shot films here, I’ve shot ads here, and I’ve not had the opportunity to visit Dubai, or anywhere in the UAE, on just a holiday. But whenever I have visited, it has always been familiar and comforting.” The timer on our interview is about to go off. We say our goodbyes. The white orchids disappear. Padukone will probably go back to watching The White Lotus. It’s hard to compete with Jennifer Coolidge.
Originally published in the October 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
Style: Amine Jreissati Hair: Dani Hiswani Makeup: Gianluca Casu Photography assistant: Héloïse DombrevalDigitech: Ali JeromeJunior fashion editor: Mohammad Hazem Rezq Style assistant: Vaidehi Pal Producer: Sam Allison
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Inside Our October 2022 Issue Starring Bollywood Actor Deepika Padukone, and Arab Power Couple Hiba Abouk and Achraf Hakimi

Inside Our October 2022 Issue Starring Bollywood Actor Deepika Padukone, and Arab Power Couple Hiba Abouk and Achraf Hakimi

Deepika Padukone. Photo: Julien Vallon
The October issue of Vogue Arabia starts the countdown to the Fifa World Cup in Qatar in style. And while not being a football-dedicated edition, the issue spans the gamut of mind, body, and soul, with mental health advocate and Bollywood fashion queen Deepika Padukone on the cover, shot against the backdrop of the Hatta mountains. It’s been 15 years since Padukone made her Bollywood debut, and she remains at the top of her game, with a huge movie release in January 2023, the upcoming Pathaan alongside Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham.
Photo: Julien Vallon
But in tandem with her spectacular success, Padukone adds her name to a list of celebrities who prioritize self-care and downtime as much as they do their career trajectory. “I think that my experience with mental illness has brought me to this space today. I prioritize my mind and my body over everything else. Did it take an illness to bring me to that level of awareness? Yes. But I guess that’s what it is. Sometimes you need to go through those experiences to really come out of something having learned something,” she shares with Vogue Arabia.
Finding a balance between personal and professional obligations is also key to our cover stars and power couple Spanish-Tunisian actress Hiba Abouk and Moroccan footballer Achraf Hakimi. With an impressive acting career that will soon see Abouk returning to the big screen with a 2023 film project, Hakimi’s big move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, two children, and the Fifa World Cup on the horizon, life has been moving at lightning speed for the duo. As the celebrity status and scrutiny mount in equal measure, the couple acknowledges that finding a work-life balance requires sacrifice, and looks to each other to weather the storms. A recent appearance on the Cannes red carpet that saw criticism over Abouk’s bold ensemble laid bare the misogyny stars often experience in the spotlight. “We don’t expect from a man the same things that we expect from a woman… it’s like that in the whole world, and in our Arab world too,” Abouk says. As a member of his national team, Hakimi will face a different kind of pressure on the field at the World Cup. “Here in Paris you play for the team of the city, but it’s not the same to play with the team of your country,” he says. “Millions and millions of people are going to support you because you play for them. It’s like you play for your grandfather and their grandfathers. You play for a lot of people, a lot of Moroccans.”
Enas Taleb
This issue also shines light on a recent article that ignited global backlash for its racist criticism of Arab women’s bodies. When The Economist published an article in July of this year titled Why Women are Fatter Than Men in the Arab World, and used a picture of renowned Iraqi actress Enas Taleb without her knowledge or permission to illustrate the ideal of Arab beauty, it sparked outrage across the Middle East. Speaking exclusively to Vogue Arabia, Taleb shares that she feels her rights were “violated by the article, which humiliated Arab women and targeted Iraqi women in particular.” The actress says that the piece “is based on false prejudices that portray Arab women as gluttonous and undermines their awareness, education, and contributions. Arab women are among the most educated, and uphold the highest standards of beauty, reflective of one of the most influential and deep-rooted cultures in the world,” she says.
Soraya Haddad. Photo: Krache Youcef
In this edition, Vogue Arabia also meets six pioneering female Olympic athletes in the region who have blazed a trail with their exceptional sporting performances. With women in the Arab world not always having access to sports, these athletes have had various barriers to break in their quest to achieve success. But each has also stood on the Olympic podium with a medal around their neck – for these women, the ultimate reward for their lifetimes of commitment.
Giambattista Valli. Photo: Edgar Berg
In the fashion pages of the edition, Giambattista Valli reflects on his first decade in haute couture. With a landmark, 10-year-anniversary July show that unfurled in endless meters of tulle, silk faille, and duchesse ruffles, Valli’s Roman roots and celebration of excess endure on the runway today in an ever more contemporary context. Across the beauty pages, we explore how inclusive beauty has been extending to skincare, with regional launches targeting a spectrum of skin tones. This edition also meets with award-winning actress Isabelle Adjani, who continues to enchant both on stage and screen after over 50 roles to her name across a career that has spanned five decades. The French actress of Algerian and German descent offers a glimpse into her internal world, and discloses a sense of cultural displacement, revealing, “I have personally had to deal with the demands and traditions of three different cultures.”
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How India and the Middle East Have Influenced Each Other’s Fashion Industries Over the Years

How India and the Middle East Have Influenced Each Other’s Fashion Industries Over the Years

Deepika Padukone in Saudi’s Ashi Studio. Photo: Courtesy of Ashi Studio
When one considers everyday dress in India, the salwar — a pair of loose-fitting, drawstring trousers, and the kameez — a tunic worn with a dupatta — a scarf also used as a head covering — probably come to mind. The roots of this dress style can be attributed to Persia, home of the Mughals, the Muslim dynasty that ruled India from the early 16th to the mid-18th century. The Arabian Gulf played an important role, too. The two regions not only have a geographic proximity to each other, but have been trading partners for centuries. The fact that the word kameez comes from Arabic is one such proof. India has always been known for its textile traditions, and its goods would reach central Europe via the ports of the Gulf. Scientists from the Museum of Natural History in Paris, while examining remnants from UNESCO world heritage site Mleiha, found that the earliest cotton in the Arab world came from Northwestern India, and the oldest surviving pieces of chintz, a calico cloth decorated with woodblock prints that became popular in Europe in the 1600s, was found in Egypt. Textiles, crafts, and silhouettes from India became a source of inspiration, with many of the mirror and metal embroidery forms in Arab dressing traditions influenced by savior fair coming from its South Asian trading partner. In turn, the motifs and decorative forms of this region began to influence embroidery patterns in India. The cultural exchange between the two is ancient and can still be seen today.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wears a dress by Lebanon’s Elie Saab. Photo: Getty
Contemporary Indian designers have been borrowing and showing their appreciation of the Middle East for years. Rohit Bal, known as the enfant terrible of Indian fashion, made the jalabiya part of his design repertoire since his early days in the 1990s. Manish Malhotra, Bollywood’s go-to costumer, designed his 2018 couture collection ‘Zween’ in celebration of Middle Eastern culture. Meanwhile, Indian Gen Z’s favored silhouette is the kaftan. In return, the Middle Eastern region has welcomed Indian designers with open arms; fashion shows and pop-up events are regularly hosted in the region.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in Indian couturier Manish Malhotra’s 2018 ‘Zween’ couture collection
When Indian celebrities are looking to make a statement on the red carpet at international events, time and again they turn to designers based in the Middle East. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is known for her love of Michael Cinco and Elie Saab, and Priyanka Chopra has been photographed in Zuhair Murad on multiple occasions. Deepika Padukone, who wore a custom-made Zuhair Murad gown to her wedding reception in 2018, stepped out onto this year’s Cannes Film Festival red carpet wearing an orange, one-shoulder gown by Ashi Studio. It was her most well-received look of the festival. The Paris-based Saudi label has been worn by many well-known Indians including Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and heiress Isha Ambani. “There is a similar aesthetic in terms of taste and culture, and both regions love their glamor,” comments the couturier. Celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani who styles Padukone, adds, “The region has a strong love of Bollywood, so they have a good understanding of our celebrities and occasions, and this does help. As a stylist, the reason I turn to Middle Eastern designers is because of their cut, it flatters an Indian body.” She chose the Ashi dress as it had drama, something she considers essential when walking the red carpet, and was both sensual and modest. This is a balance Middle Eastern designers have always understood.
Priyanka Chopra wears Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. Photo: Getty
One such designer is Reema Ameer, who is of Sri Lankan and Lebanese descent. She moved to Dubai 16 years ago, working from her studio at home in Dubai. Nathani notes that both regions have a heritage of craftsmanship and bespoke detailing, an important binding factor between the dressing styles. Nathani recently received much attention in India as actress Neetu Kapoor, the mother of actor Ranbir Kapoor, has been wearing her designs on repeat. “If European clients are more understated and individual in their approach to style, the Middle Eastern and Indian markets prefer a more groomed image. In that vein, there is a shared appreciation for hand-crafted textiles from beadwork to embroidery, which automatically ups the luxe factor, too. My Arab and Indian clients share a love for color and sparkle. I would say that they are both daring in their sense of style, and always open to trying new things.”
On the other side of the Arabian Sea are the Indian designers for whom the Gulf is almost an extension of their own market, with many Indian designers looking to open stores in Dubai, and seeking to make in-roads into Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi. Designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, and Suneet Varma all come to the region to host pop-ups, with Mukherjee’s jewelry instore at Dubai-based concept, Bayt Damas. Mumbai-based Anita Dongre, one of India’s most successful designers, who retails on the Ounass platform and has participated in pop-ups in the Gulf, comments, “This is a region where old-world traditions and charms meet cutting-age technology and lived experiences. Like India, there is a value for culture and tradition, but people are also happy to celebrate 21st-century progress and modernity. There is an overlap in both regions’ dressing styles.” Delhi-based Rajdeep Ranawat, who retails in a multi-brand boutique in Dubai’s Jumeriah and who is also part of the Ounass edit, adds, “There is a vast South Asian community living here today, they are bound to visit boutiques and exhibitions for their social wardrobe essentials.” This explains why pop-ups in cities like Dubai, Doha, and Riyadh are now a part of an Indian fashion designer’s calendar. Ranawat says the UAE alone accounts for 15% of his turnover, and that today, many of his clients are Arab. Since Indian designers are open to making customized changes and have a tendency to be more modest in their approach to designs, their fashion is appreciated. “The Middle East is an important fashion hub for Indian designers,” he asserts. Given the historical relationship between the two regions and similarities in approach to dressing, it is a very natural relationship. As both India and the Middle East continue to affirm themselves as leaders in the fashion space, their long-term affection for each other will only help them thrive.
Originally published in the July/August 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
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Deepika Padukone Wore a Dreamy White Gown By This Beyoncé-Approved Bahraini Brand

Deepika Padukone Wore a Dreamy White Gown By This Beyoncé-Approved Bahraini Brand

Deepika Padukone with Yasmine Sabri. Photo: Instagram.com
There’s no denying the sartorial prowess of Arab designers, which has stars around the world reaching for their pieces time and again. Now, Deepika Padukone has become the latest celebrity to champion talent from the Middle East when she made attendance at the star-studded Cartier event in Madrid this week. To celebrate the brand’s new high jewelry with Yasmine Sabri, Rami Malek, and Annabelle Wallis, Padukone wore a dreamy white gown by celebrity-loved Bahraini label Monsoori, helmed by designer Shaima Al Monsoori.
Padukone with Yasmine Sabri and Rami Malek. Photo: Instagram.com
Two distinct fabrics—one with an iridescent satin finish, and the other, a lightweight tulle—distinguished the piece which came in a peplum silhouette. Featuring a plunging neckline, the sleeveless bodice flared out at the waist in petal-like shapes, sitting on top of the skirt. Diamond jewelry, befittingly from Cartier, accessorized the Indian actor’s look, while her signature updo with tousled waves complemented the elegant number. Scroll through the post below for a closer look at her ensemble.

The outfit marks the second time Deepika Padukone has opted for an Arab designer’s creation for an international event this season. Just last month, the 36-year-old walked the red carpet at the 75th Cannes Film Festival wearing a custom dress by Saudi label Ashi Studio, another favorite in her book. While this marks her first time wearing Monsoori, it is worth noting that the brand has found a fan in many A-list stars, including Beyoncé, who wore the label in Black is King, Jhené Aiko, Bebe Rexha, and more.
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Deepika Padukone’s Second Ashi Studio Outfit for Cannes Film Festival Is This Custom Orange Gown

Deepika Padukone’s Second Ashi Studio Outfit for Cannes Film Festival Is This Custom Orange Gown

Photo: Instagram.com/deepikapadukone
After breaking the internet in an Ashi Studio dress at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Deepika Padukone has once again looked to a dramatic piece by the label this year. Today, the Indian star and jury member walked the red carpet for the premiere of The Innocent wearing a custom-made saffron dress from Saudi designer Ashi’s namesake brand. The strapless orange taffeta gown featured a floor-grazing hem and a weightless draped detail around the shoulders.
Photo: Instagram.com/deepikapadukone
The designer, who has previously featured on Vogue Arabia’s cover, has long been the go-to for stars looking to make a statement on the red carpet. This year alone, Ashi Studio’s pieces have been worn by celebrities including actor Kat Graham and models Izabel Goulart and Jourdan Dunn. As for Padukone, her ruffled pink dress by Ashi Studio worn in 2018 went down as one of her most extravagant looks, and cemented her place among the most anticipated stars at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ashi Studio’s dress of Deepika Padukone’s dress
The actor’s looks up until now have channeled her roots via a Sabyasachi sari, followed by her newly minted Louis Vuitton ambassadorship in a series of bold looks.

Check out all of Deepika Padukone’s Cannes Film Festival 2022 outfits below.
Deepika Padukone in Louis Vuitton. Photo: Getty
Deepika Padukone in Louis Vuitton. Photo: Getty
Deepika Padukone in Sabyasachi. Photo: Getty
Deepika Padukone in Sabyasachi Photo: Getty
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30 Unforgettable Red Carpet Fashion Moments from Bollywood Star Deepika Padukone

30 Unforgettable Red Carpet Fashion Moments from Bollywood Star Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone at the Louis Vuitton show in California. Photo: Instagram.com
Mere days after being announced as the very first Indian ambassador of Louis Vuitton, Deepika Padukone sat front row alongside Miranda Kerr and Emma Roberts at the French fashion house’s cruise 2023 show in San Diego, California. Dressed in a blue and yellow striped piece and slouchy black statement bomber, the Bollywood superstar made a strong case for elevated cool girl style, topping off her look with a dewy beauty look, disheveled top knot, knee-high boots and brown Louis Vuitton bag. Check out her look below.
Wearing Louis Vuitton, 2022. Photo: Instagram.com
If you haven’t been following Deepika Padukone’s style trajectory over the years, however, it’s important to note that the actor has been making waves with her sartorial picks for over a decade now. Having made her film debut back in 2007 with blockbuster Om Shanti Om, Padukone has slowly and steadily risen to become one of the industry’s biggest names on both, the silver screen and the red carpet. With help from stylist and trusted friend Shaleena Nathani, the actor manages to bring something new to the table each time she steps out.
Given her Indian roots, it comes as no surprise that Padukone often uses key events to champion her favorite local designers. Sabyasachi Mukherjee‘s jewel-toned saris are an all-time favorite, as are the intricately embellished creations of designer duo Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Arab couturiers are another top pick in Padukone’s book. Over the years, the 36-year-old has been spotted in some of the region’s most-loved labels, walking the Cannes Film Festival red carpet in Ashi Studio‘s ruffled fuchsia number, attending 2021’s Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah dressed in a coral creation by Dubai-based label Michael Cinco, and even donning a sparkling red Zuhair Murad gown at her wedding reception back in 2018.
From the international set, it turns out that Deepika Padukone’s latest Louis Vuitton look isn’t the only one that’s topped trending charts. A look back through the actor’s style files reveals a series of noteworthy ensembles by the greats, including a gold-detailed ebony Alexander McQueen gown from 2014, a preppy Michael Kors moment from 2017, that earthy brown Dior maxi doused in prints from 2019, and of course, the artfully sculpted Zac Posen gown she wore for the Met Gala the same year.
From silky saris to elaborate gowns and sharp pantsuits, Deepika Padukone’s closet is a lesson in versatility. Below, we take you through some of her best style moments over the years.
Wearing Alexander McQueen, 2014. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Sabyasachi, 2016. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Raw Mango, 2017. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Michael Kors, 2017. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Stella McCartney, 2017. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, 2018. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Ashi Studio, 2018. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Zuhair Murad, 2018. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Zuhair Murad, 2018. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Anamika Khanna, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Ashi Studio, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Dior, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Gauri & Nainika, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Giambattista Valli, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Jean-Louis Sabaji, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Off-White, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Sabyasachi, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Sabyasachi, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Zac Posen, 2019. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing Alex Perry, 2020. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Balmain, 2020. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Erdem, 2020. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Gauchere, 2020. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Prada, 2020. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Michael Cinco, 2021. Photo: Instagram.com
Wearing David Koma, 2022. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Dolce & Gabbana, 2022. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Sabyasachi, 2022. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani
Wearing Milo Maria, 2022. Photo: Instagram.com/shaleenanathani

Louis Vuitton Hosted a Gala Dinner to Celebrate its Contribution to Venice’s Ca’ d’Oro’s Renovation

Louis Vuitton Hosted a Gala Dinner to Celebrate its Contribution to Venice’s Ca’ d’Oro’s Renovation

Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
As the long-awaited 59th Venice Biennale took off, Louis Vuitton held a gala dinner in the city, which was attended by some of the biggest names in the fashion and entertainment industries. The event celebrated the future renovation of the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, which the French maison will contribute to, in partnership with the Venetian Heritage Foundation and star architect Peter Marino. Hosted by Daniele Ferrara of Veneto’s Regional Directorate for Museums, the dinner saw an emotional Marino giving his welcome speech, shedding a tear of joy over Louis Vuitton’s support to the Venetian Heritage Foundation.
Among the guests in attendance were Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, Isabelle Huppert, Tahar Rahim, Valeria Golino, Nicoletta Romanoff, Giorgia Tordini, Candela Pelizza, and Paolo Stella, who sported head-to-toe Louis Vuitton outfits. Padukone had an especially standout look with an elegant vest jacket and a shirt with a Victorian-inspired ruffle collar, which was paired with olive green bermuda shorts and black boots. The star held a Dauphine handbag with the Maisons’s jacquard ‘Since 1854’ textile to signify the year the French luxury house was founded.
Deepika Padukone. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Tahar Rahim. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Isabelle Huppert. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Nicoletta Romanoff. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Valeria Golino. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Candela Pelizza. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Giorgia Trodini. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
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Deepika Padukone Paired Her Denim Corset With the Most Comfortable Trousers of the Season

Deepika Padukone Paired Her Denim Corset With the Most Comfortable Trousers of the Season

Deepika Padukone in a denim corset. Photo: Instagram.com/deepikapadukone
Deepika Padukone has become the latest celebrity to nail the denim-on-denim look. For the promotions of her latest film Gehraiyaan, the Indian actor took the lesser-seen athleisure side of her work wardrobe to the next level in an Adidas x Ivy Park ensemble.
While the outfit is a bold choice in itself, it fits right in with the actor’s penchant for making the extraordinary pieces sourced by stylist Shaleena Nathani her own. The 36-year-old wore a denim bustier-style bodysuit with exposed seams from the two brands’ collaborative collection, featuring Adidas’ signature three white stripes on each side. Adding a touch of comfort to the look, the corset was paired with oversized denim trousers, held at the waist with a wide elasticated band and covered in a wavy pattern.

Deepika Padukone paired her elevated athleisure outfit with a clean beauty look
The Adidas ambassador‘s athletic outfit was made complete by styling her hair up in an updo with a few strands left loose for an effortlessly messy look. Going for a fresh beauty look, Padukone’s lips were painted in a bright coral shade to contrast the blue denim, while her eyes featured thick, wingless eyeliner, and cheekbones lightly defined with bronze contour.
Deepika Padukone opted for a bronze contour and coral lips. Photo: Instagram.com/deepikapadukone
If you’ve been on the hunt for a weekend look that’s equal parts comfortable and striking, Deepika Padukone’s latest pick for the Gehraiyaan promo tour may just hit the nail on the head. Want to elevate it further? All you need is your favorite pair of gold hoops, and you’re good to go.
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Deepika Padukone: “I Admire People for Whom Fitness is a Lifestyle”

Deepika Padukone: “I Admire People for Whom Fitness is a Lifestyle”

Photo: Instagram/@shaleenanathani
As an actor, Deepika Padukone has achieved remarkable success, with national and international awards to her name. And as the daughter of a professional badminton player, athleticism runs in her blood. It shone through when she played the sport competitively growing up, and it remains perceptible to this day in her endeavors. Further proof comes via her recently announced partnership with Adidas. Teaming up with the sportswear giant as its brand ambassador, the Indian star and mental health advocate aims to further her and the label’s common goal of encouraging women to believe that “impossible is nothing.”
After keeping the collaboration under wraps for weeks before its surprise reveal, there was only one thing left to do for Padukone: Take it all in at the brand’s first flagship store in the Middle East, in Dubai. For the star, the emirate is a “home away from home.” The Chhapaak actor arrived at The Dubai Mall, commanding attention and nailing athleisure in a bright red and pink tracksuit, with the sleeves rolled up and a jacket casually tied around her waist. While to most, the obvious footwear choice for a tracksuit worn for an early morning appearance at the world’s largest mall would be sneakers, Padukone opted for a pair of high heels, with one red and one pink on each foot.
Vogue Arabia sat down with the star to discuss everything from the partnership, and sports as a part of her life, to how the conversation on mental health needs to change, and her advice to aspiring sportswomen.
Photo: Courtesy of Adidas
Vogue Arabia: How has playing sports shaped you as a person and as an actor?
Deepika Padukone: It’s played a huge role in the person I am today—the way I conduct my life, and the way I think. It’s taught me how to handle success and failure, how to be competitive in the right spirit. It has also prepared me for life, and I feel like no other experience in life would have trained me or taught me the values that sports have taught me.
What are some of the best life lessons you learned playing sports?
It teaches you so much, and I think I was fortunate to have participated in individual sports as well as team sports. It’s taught me everything from team spirit, handling success and failure, and how not to be impulsive, to the ability to analyze if you performed well: To take a step back, and analyze what you did right or what hasn’t gone well, and reflect, “What could I have done differently?” The list is endless: it’s patience, perseverance, dedication, and determination. I always say that I think only an athlete knows what the life of an athlete is like, and the values that it teaches you. I can say it in words but I think that feeling for me comes from my gut and there’s only that much I can put in words.
What brought about this partnership with Adidas?
When they reached out, I was more than happy to come on board because we all know Adidas is an iconic brand. Also for me, it seems like a natural extension of my personality because I’ve been an athlete. I conduct my everyday life like an athlete, and I think like one, so for me to associate with a brand that has similar values was a natural fit. I’m glad they think that I’m someone who embodies everything that they believe in and everything that they stand for and in the last couple of weeks ever since we’ve announced this association, keeping it under wraps was very very hard. But ever since we made this announcement, I think people are quite excited.
Photo: Courtesy of Adidas
How do you think the conversation on mental health has changed since you opened up about yours?
I think it has changed a lot. Honestly, I give credit to the people for being so open in terms of embracing it, accepting it, empathizing with my journey, and wanting to bring about change when it comes to mental health. Especially in India, where nobody spoke about mental health until I did, unfortunately. In the last five years, we have seen the country celebrating World Mental Health Day, and everyone talking about mental health in living rooms, and in the media you see celebrities being more open about their own experience. This is why I think we have come a long long way.
What more needs to change?
I think we still have a long way to go. Especially if we compare ourselves to Australia, for example, or to the UK and US where I think the conversation today is far more developed. But I certainly see ourselves geared up and headed in that direction as far as the openness to seek help goes, and I think the stigma has also reduced quite a bit.
What advice would you give to aspiring sportswomen?
Well, I think if you’re a sportswoman, I’d say you have already chosen the right profession. You are on a journey where you are going to learn some of your best life lessons, and patience. I think patience is also one of the things that sports have taught me. I realize this when I see today’s generation, compounded with social media, where you want instant gratification and everything has to happen now. I think sport teaches you to wait for good things, and that you have to work hard for them. Especially if you want to leave behind a legacy, and achieve something that’s permanent. Otherwise, I think one day will be up the next day would be down. I think if you really want to go up the ladder the right way, hard work and perseverance combined with patience is the key.

What stands out to you about women in the region?
I think their spirit and sense of joy. That is something I’ve been able to see even while just walking around. I think there’s a certain spirit in everyone. I’m unable to articulate what that is but it definitely embodies strength and determination.
Who is your ultimate fitness inspiration?
I can’t think of one person, but I admire people who are more disciplined and I think that comes at any age. I know people who are 13 years old and who are 75 years old that are extremely disciplined. When I say discipline, I don’t mean to say that you don’t enjoy your life. I think there are some people who take it to an all-new extreme, and I’m sure it works for them. But I think a subtle amount of discipline is what encompasses fitness. Whether it is being disciplined in your nutrition, sleep, exercise, or your mental health, I think, for me, that is fitness. I see a lot of people in the gym who have amazing bodies, and spend extra hours in the gym. I think all of that is great, but are you truly fit? I think only an athlete understands the value of true fitness. It is not just one aspect, it’s a lifestyle, and think I admire people who live by the same.
Now that you are able to travel once again, what are the fitness essentials you always have in your suitcase?
I think, to begin with, considering I come from the land of yoga, the biggest advantage is that you don’t have to carry anything with you when you can do it absolutely anywhere. I can be in my hotel room and do a couple of asanas or a workout. Currently, the phase that I am going through is, of course, a beautiful yoga phase. I also think a pair of great running or walking shoes are essential when you are traveling. That’s the easiest thing to do—you just throw in a pair of shoes, and also now with this whole athleisure trend, it’s multipurpose. I can wake up in the morning, and go for a walk or for a run, and I can wear the same pair of shoes and walk around in the mall, and in the same pair of shoes go to a restaurant. That’s what makes it functional but at the same time fashionable, and also practical when you’re traveling.
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10 Best Celebrity Looks by Saudi Arabian Label Ashi Studio

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Striking embroidery, dramatic shapes, bold colors as well as the subtle white and cream, and adept use of feathers — these are the unmistakable makings of an Ashi Studio creation. The couture label helmed by Saudi Arabian designer Mohammed Ashi has long been trusted by models and actors for when they wish to make a […]
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