★ The Tiger’s New Stripes; “Salman’s not too fussy but loves his jeans. Also he never compromises on comfort,…”
Jagmeeta Thind Joy | Jul 26 2012
With Ek Tha Tiger, costume designer Ashley Rebello hopes to make the Arab ‘keffiyeh’ trendy in Indian fashion.
It started with Wanted, went on with Ready and reached a crescendo with Dabangg. Actor Salman Khan’s onscreen wardrobe for sometime now has been all about fitted shirts, tight-on-the-crotch flared leg trousers, cowboy denims complete with aviators tucked in the collar. Much credit goes to costume designer and stylist Ashley Rebello, who has been Khan’s official designer for more than five years. “Earlier we were acquaintances, now we are friends,” quips Rebello, who was in Chandigarh to mentor students at the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) on Wednesday.
The camaraderie the two share is no secret when Rebello, dressed in a well-fitted white shirt, a jacket and denims, remarks, “Salman’s always giving me tips to get in shape. It’s rubbed off.”
The stylist is looking forward to the release of Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan. The film stars Salman Khan, as a RAW agent, paired with Katrina Kaif. Working on the “look” for Khan’s character took Rebello six months which he spent researching since the film is set in Turkey, mostly, along with Cuba, Dublin, Delhi and Phuket. “It had to be different from his casual chic look seen in the last couple of films. I shopped a lot for him in London but gave the garments a worn out look with acid washes and other techniques,” explains Rebello. He says it’s for the first time he’s got Khan to sport cargos. “Salman’s not too fussy but loves his jeans. Also he never compromises on comfort,” says Rebello.
Given the rugged setting of the film, Rebello got Khan to sport the chequered Arab scarf, the keffiyeh (traditionally worn as a headdress; trademark attire of the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat) extensively. Traditional keffiyehs are black and white or red and white but nowadays come in mutiple colours. Offscreen, actors Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar have been seen with keffiyehs. With Ek Tha Tiger, Rebello’s hoping to kick-start a trend. “Bollywood dictates street fashion and just like Chulbul Pandey rocked the aviators, I am hoping the same with keffiyeh,” says Rebello.