36 Responses

  1. Karma at |

    She looks cute :) I like it!

  2. tina at |

    Is it me, or no one but us Indians wear our clothes and accessories just right. no one else seems to get it right….

  3. Bsimple at |

    Hmm…methinks she is trying too hard…too much silver going on..the earrings kill the look for me with her hair held up like that …she cud have gone in for some blue sapphire studs…or more simply a shorter tikka…just hanging from the tip of the maang…

  4. samudrika at |

    no. somehow the whole thing does not gel.

  5. Nida at |

    Y’all are so quick! I love it.

    Mmm… I wish I weren’t so conservative when it comes to strictly desis wearing desi jewellry… it just doesn’t look right on others BUT (damn it, I’m always trying to be diplomatic) I do like how it’s simple and she did wear it to the best of her ability.

  6. sassanova at |

    kudos to alicia for trying to be a little funky ethnic cool. however, the resonance is lost b/c there’s lots going on…the earrings on top of the two silvery sash thingies …if she wanted to don the maang tika, her gown should’ve just been a simple purple one shouldered number without the silvery tinsel effects! her accessories are just lost with that gown!

  7. crab at |

    I don’t like it. Her face is a little too blinged-up. The silver makeup and saucer earrings aren’t helping the look. Not sure i want to see the tikka on non-desis, at least not on western outfits.

  8. Adi at |

    no the tika doesn’t go well. i like her dress.

  9. sunny at |

    Terrible. I’m afraid it takes a desi to get desi clothes and accessories right. Sorry firangs.

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  11. the mad momma at |

    its not too bad. but the makeup is deadly. she looks like she’s wearing a mask.

  12. Flower Power at |

    she wears it blindly… could well have been a key chain or a christmas ornament.

  13. J at |

    Now she may get away with it but no one in India wears this bindi cum tikka!

  14. kismet at |

    forget the tikka, love the dress and colour!!!!

    the earrings ruin the look, but thats typical diva jewllery in the american music industry! its like a must!! lol

  15. kg at |

    it looks nice on her and i like her dress as well. of course we wear our accessories better but i give her b+ for effort.

  16. Adit at |

    over kill with those earings…

  17. PeachBellini at |

    her forehead is too big for this. tina’s right, usually when non-indians try indian fashion, it comes out looking really bad (barring a few exceptions).

  18. Sonia99 at |

    Nope..she looks stupid. It makes her gigantic forhead look even bigger. Leave the desi look to the desis, Alicia!

  19. Keya at |

    Those silver earings, silver tika , makeup and the silver bling on the dress is just too much…… dont like it

  20. SHY at |

    i hate the earrings & the tika..the dress is nice, would prefer it in a different color

  21. Ritu at |

    @PB, indeed her forehead is too big for this, also the tikka is a little small and fragile which makes it look like it got there by accident :P

  22. kismet at |

    i just want to say to all those people saying that only indians should wear ethnic stuff, this is a little out of order, specially when pratically all our INDIAN STARS are only wearing WESTERN!! why don’t they stick to only indian as it DOES look better on them?????

  23. Enne at |

    LOL @ Ritu,
    I agree with you! I love the dress but the accessories including the tikka are wrong.

  24. Anon at |

    not liking it..

  25. rubyoo at |

    I don’t like it – that tiny little mang tikka looks completely lost in the expanse of her forehead-had she lost the earrings and gone for a larger Tikka with less ofa drop it might have looked better. I have nothing against non desi’s wearing desi clothes/accessories but they always get it wrong much the same way as the majority of our desi ladies get it totally wrong when doing the western look – we over blingyfy everything or make it too matchy matchy or the most heinous crime of all wear designer head to toe with very little innate sense of style ….

  26. xx at |

    she doesn’t have much of a sense of style. what was she thinking pairing huge earrings like that with pulled back hair and the tikka? Someone get her a stylist stat! The dress on the other hand is very nice…

  27. Shweta at |

    I dont think only Indians can pull off the desi look right, anyone can. I would give kudos to Alicia for being so exciting with her choices that plain ‘ol yaawwn. That being said, I think the tikka looks good but the overdose of silver in the whole look(makeup+earrings) ruins the look.

  28. sunny at |

    Ritu, I never said only Indians “should” wear “ethnic stuff” (by ethnic, I assume you meant “Indian”). I just said that firangs are not getting it right. If they did their homework and got it right then nobody would complain. End of story.

  29. sunny at |

    Sorry sorry, that shouldn’t have been directed at Ritu. It was in response to what Kismet said.

  30. tiara at |

    the sad thing is: we indians are only proud of our fashions when it becomes mainstream. (which it has in the last 5-6 years) now that this tikka is mainstream, people won’t even acknowledge the indian aspect/origin of it. these white people like to think they thought of it all in the first place.

  31. Neelam at |

    I was watching the ama’s last night and when she came up to collect her award, i did a double take. I thought she looked stunning as usual but for some reason the maang bindi didnt work with the whole rest of her outfit. I loved her dress, the color was so beautiful and worked really well with her warm skin tone. I even thought that if she lost those earrings and left her hair loose, it might have worked. I know many people who are not desi that can pull off wearing desi jewelry and the key to it is to incorporate it in a really subtle way. I think Alicia Keys went wrong because it seems like she just stuck the bindi on as an afterthought.

  32. pdaervo at |

    she has such a pretty face- kudos to her for taking a risk, even if it didn’t totally work out
    she looked a lot better on video
    and I think it’s really hypocritical and sort of condescending to say that desis are the only ones who should wear desi clothes and jewlery, especially, as Kismet said, since Indians muck up western clothes ALL THE TIME and we (almost) never say anything to that and who says she was trying to do it corrrectly
    her prefromance was awesome

  33. Ritu at |

    @sunny: lol np
    @tiara: regarding the first line of your post…sadly that is true and I call it the Madonna syndrome (after doing yoga became a huge trend in freakin INDIA after Madge decided to engage in it)

  34. pdaervo at |

    …hehe my yoga teacher even said that more people in LA do yoga than in India (what would I do without yoga?- explode)

  35. Nishita at |

    Nah…doesn’t suit her…leave the Indian clothes to Indians. Even I wouldn’t wear a tikka unless I was getting married. She’s trying too hard here

  36. divadellecurve at |

    I cannot understand all this racist hatred, even thogh the ear rings are too muc, I have seen Indian women wearing terrible Western clothes, but why calling her ‘firang’ and all the likes??

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