Two weeks ago, a fashionista friend told me, “I’ve never met a South Asian who was dressed well.” According to him, desis just aren’t as into haute couture as other folks. I didn’t bother debating with him, but that conversation did come to mind today when I read that Vanity Fair had released its 70th Annual International Best-Dressed List today. The list contains its usual mishmosh of high-powered political couples, actors and royals. And Rachel Roy, the Manhattan-based designer. You’ll remember her as the former Mrs. Damon Dash. Her website doesn’t mention it (noting that she’s a born and bred Californian), but according to the Wiki gods, Rachel’s father was a Bengali immigrant who came to the US from Madras.
Check her out in this video. (Loving how she says “while fashion is important to her [the Rachel Roy woman] and while she does love fashion, it’s not the most important thing in her life by any means. )
I scanned Vanity Fair’s 2008 and 2007 “International” lists. No desis. Unless you count Jemima Khan being featured on the 2007 list (and I don’t). So I want to know, if we could magically subtract the factor that is the brown-nosing Vanity Fair editorial board, what desis would you add to the best-dressed list? And please. No Padma Lakshmi. Or Freida Pinto. Or Anand Jon (*shudders). My friend N. already nominated the former Maharani or Jaipur, Ms. Gayatri Devi.
Routinely referred to as one of the worldâ€™s most beautiful women â€” Vogue magazine once described her as â€œa dream in sari and jewelsâ€ â€” she was a cosmopolite with a scrutinized wardrobe, a frequenter of elegant European resorts.
Okay, so we’ve got our Jackie O. (her words, not mine). Other additions?