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Now that there are no more red carpet occasions, extravaganzas and fashion weeks, award nights, or other star-studded events, where do we turn to for fashion inspiration? The television of course.

Between OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hotstar we are just spoilt for choice when it comes to what shows to watch — in many of them fashion plays a major role. In fact, in some of the shows, the clothes are what make the show binge-worthy. Instead of turning to your favorite fashion magazine for fashion inspiration or cues on what to wear for a special occasion/the zoom call meeting — why not turn to one of these beautifully dressed televisions series for style tips.

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It may have received mixed reviews but ‘A Suitable Boy’ to me was a visual delight. The fact the casting was weak did not matter — because the fashion was the real star of this show. New York-based Oscar academy member Arjun Bhasin (of Dil Chahta Hai, Gully Boy, and Life of Pi) was behind the costumes for this Mira Nair adaptation on Netflix of the highly acclaimed book.

The main character Lata (played by Tanya Maniktala) has 64 costume changes. There were about 3,000 costumes made for extras and 1,100 handloom saris featured in the film, which were sourced from all over India. The play of color, textile,s, and even silhouettes is a lesson in Indian fashion; from cotton mulmul, beautiful Banarasis, floral organza, dazzling badla chiffons to a metallic trouser sari — there is a drape for every occasion.

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Bhasin’s eye for detail adds a feel of effortless layering, be it the scoop-necked blouses, contrast dupattas, or the subtle use of jewelry. Plus most of the textiles are made using handwoven techniques — what better way to dress for the festive season than something handcrafted in India?


For those of you lucky enough to be traveling abroad, or who live in a part of the country that does see a winter — ‘Emily in Paris’ should be your new style manual. With its eclectic yet elegant style, a clever mix of high fashion and High Street labels, this is how to shop for the season. Emily even manages to make a pair of wellington boots look like an accessory of desire. But then the costume designer behind this Netflix show is Patricia Field –(of ‘Sex and the City’ fame).

With Paris as a backdrop, Field could really go all out in the show. The Kenzo fuchsia coat is likely to be my next investment style buy. Though the green Chanel Cruise comes a close second. And while I might now have the brazen to wear some of the bold patterns Emily carries off with such flair, the Ganni (a sustainable contemporary fashion label that should be on everyone’s radar) yellow printed camisole top and the skirt is very much on my “lust list”.

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Not all the bags she carries are Chanel — Kate Spade and Aldo make some very fashionable special appearances. As much as I admire the Stephane Rolland white sculptural couture cocktail dress in the finale episode — I really would not know where to wear it. (Besides I do not have the figure or the budget for it), it ensured that the first season ended on a high octane style note.


One of the most delightful shows I have watched this year was the 26-minute ‘Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish)’ on Netflix or on YouTube. There was something so comforting about seeing the characters of these films again, 25 years later, even if it was over a family zoom call. Diane Keaton aka Nina Banks, as usual sets the style bar.

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Now, this how-to look chic yet casual for a zoom call — in an open-collar white shirt with pintucks at the front, accessorized with silk chiffon polka dot glasses, hair all in place — but not looking coiffed, steals the show. Kimberly Williams Paisley who plays the original bride, Annie (who would now be in her 40s) wears a beige and white sweatshirt and remarks that perhaps it would look better on her younger college-going sister — Megan (Florence Pugh) — and well, I can’t help but agree! (IANS)


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On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

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He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

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