Sonam Kapoor Ahuja knows fashion. And in London, the city that the Vogue India July cover star calls home at present, she is discovering brands and aligning her aesthetic with existing ones like Roksanda Ilincic and Emilia Wickstead, and taking her husband Anand Ahuja’s label Bhaane to the streets. From art gallery visits in white-on-white, to making an impact in Anamika Khanna’s embroidered kaftans and stepping out in a metallic midi skirt and washed denim jacket for a casual day on the town, Kapoor Ahuja has a curated wardrobe for all places and occasions.
Her soft spot for impeccable tailoring finds expression in cropped jackets, while her constant companion, a trusted top handle bag, finds several iterations and revisions—in fact, we ought to give it a story of its own. We follow Kapoor Ahuja’s life in the city, and take notes for when we can be in the English capital again.
Painting the picture of an English rose, the actor picks an Emilia Wickstead full skirt and top. Speckled in delicate flowers from top to toe, the caption rightly reads and references the ultimate fashion film, The Devil Wears Prada: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” It’s interesting to note Kapoor Ahuja’s proclivity for homegrown labels no matter where she may be putting down roots in the world. When in India, her wardrobe is filled with kurtas and dresses by Jodi. In London, her love for homemade extends to true-blue British designers like Shaun Leane, whose jewellery she sports in this portrait of a lady.
A lesson in transitional dressing is Kapoor Ahuja’s sweatshirt + denim jacket + midi skirt + boots look featuring Bhaane, Prada, Fendi and Emilia Wickstead, topped with an Emily In Paris-style classic beret. Only here, it’s Kapoor Ahuja picking a bouquet of roses from her favourite Notting Hill florist.
If you are an avid Instagram follower of hers, you know that her three loves include fashion, books and art. Followed by friends, films, her husband…you get the drift. Her recent trip to artist Rana Begum’s studio is a testament to her admiration for the arts. Whether planned or not, her white Varana look, cinched in with an Alexander McQueen belt, stood out against the multicoloured art piece on the wall, making for a perfectly juxtaposed Instagram moment.
Every Londoner knows rain is the byproduct of life in the English capital. Weaving her way through the streets of the city, in lashing, temperamental and pesky rain, Kapoor Ahuja’s choice of wardrobe includes sturdy leather boots (sans any heels to avoid wet-weather slips), a checkered overcoat, and a handy Louis Vuitton backpack. The only accessory needed? An umbrella big enough for two.
What did we say earlier about Kapoor Ahuja’s favourites? Stopping by a cosy bookshop, the actor marks the outing with a printed, dull pink dress and a blue blazer. The rolled-up sleeves channel the end-of-day winding down business formal look. Tying the browns with her belt, boots, and handbag, she presents a new-age librarian attire that we stan. Her authors of choice? The Brontë Sisters.
Black and white wins the actor’s vote again, this time contrasted by a neutral overcoat by Victoria Beckham to brave the English weather. Next to her is a Gabriela Hearst top handle bag and white-toed boots. She finishes the look with an elegant scarf around the neck and her favoured red lip to spin up a look perfect for a formal do.
As promised, a section dedicated to Kapoor Ahuja’s top handle bag collection. You’re welcome! We’ll start with her latest post on Louis Vuitton’s Capucines in moss green. Dangling from her elbow, the bag is the perfect arm candy, matched with a cropped jacket by the brand in black. For summer time in London, the actor and fashion fiend picks a white number by The Row. In hand, that same love for Gabriela Hearst’s top handle bags, this time in tan leather with gold clasps.