In Zuhair Murad

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While at the races in Mumbai (that her family hosts), Natasha was photographed in a Zuhair Murad dress. The big Arturo Rios fascinator aside, the socialite rounded out her look with a matching Chanel bag, Fendi glasses and metallic Gianvito Rossi sandals.

Natasha always breaks out elaborate fascinators on derby days, so this didn’t come as a surprise. Was the whole look a bit much? Sure. Was Natsha being extra? Yes. Does she pull off the drama? I am going to have to say yes to this as well. Whether your cup of tea or not, you’ve got to concede, Natasha went all out and owned it too!

Natasha Poonawalla At Poonawalla Races

Natasha Poonawalla At Poonawalla Races

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

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  1. Anyone one else thinks she looks like Dolce and Gabbana’s Floral Drops perfume bottle?

    Fashion forward or not, I cannot imagine stepping out in public wearing that thing on my head.

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  2. That fascinator is a joke, seems like a flower is growing on her head. Ridiculous! That gown is too snug around the bust, how is she even breathing? I understand ‘drama’ but this isn’t drama..this is making a caricature out of self in the name of fashion. Double thumbs down!

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    • Derbys are known for their hats. Google Royal Ascot or Kenticky derby, it is all about hats for ladies. The more whimsical and creative the better. Fascinators are more convenient than hats in heat.

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  3. I love this look! It’s glamorous racecourse fashion served with a very occasion-appropriate dash of English eccentricity. I’m bracing myself for scathing comments from people who don’t understand the purposefully outlandish and whimsical nature of headgear at such events though.

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    • Perhaps, we don’t, but I am sure Kate Middleton understands the “purposefully outlandish and whimsical nature of headgear at such events”, yet I have never seen her wear such a hideous fascinator.

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      • And since kate Middleton has not donned this Natasha poonawalla shudnt either right? It’s weird how we need an nod from somebody else to validate our own choices…she has an over the top style and goes for it…mayb Kate Middleton doesn’t?

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      • But Kate Middleton’s style is the opposite of English eccentric. She has the safest, blandest and most prim and proper personal style. A typical posh English socialite would have messier hair and much edgier clothes. Look up best hats at any of the major races and see what comes up: whimsical and playful headgear is the norm.

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    • You are totally right. Hats are main attractions at every horse races. Only some one who has been to a kentucky Derby, Belmont, Ascot or Preakness will know the importance of big fancy attention grabbing hats or fascinators. .

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  4. Ha ha! It’s races not fancy dress! it is definitely extra. Even if she wears it confidently, it still looks ridiculous! The gown itself is very elegant and delicate!

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  5. She must have blocked the view of an entire row behind her with that giant blue hat. The dress is too sober for that blue rose, the rose is 2 sizes too big, also needed slight inclination, the vertical position makes it laughable

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    • Now that you mention it , thats all I can think about. People must have been pretty pissed at her for blocking the whole field 😀

      Also in the first set of pics the hat/fascinator/gamla/vase/whatever that thing is looks photoshopped on her.

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  6. Laughed my heart out after a long while. A very comical looking being. Whoever made her wear this on her head must be having a good laugh too.

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  7. The gown is actually pretty….very unicorn-y colors except for the bad fit at the bust.
    But the fascinator is just OTT!
    Isn’t it hot in Mumbai to be dressed like that? I’m sure you need to be outdoors at the races and damn it’s going to make you want to just tie your hair up and relax in some roomy clothes

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  8. I believe the fascinator doubles up as an umbrella. If the sun is too bright then adjust the fascinator to bring it to a horizontal position. LOL

    After looking at this, I need to read up on the definitions of whimsical and comical. Apparently in the world of fashion, both the concepts are interchangeable.

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  9. HAHAHAHA, visited your blog in the middle of a stressful day thanks P&P for comic relief!!
    In the third picture where she is bending down, I’m worried she’ll tip over.

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  10. I totally disagree, its impossible to look beyond the fascinator. It’s supposed to be a cohesive look with proportions that compliment the look. She is totally off the mark!

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  11. Just because it is a horse race event in India, does not mean it’s the Royal Ascot. It just looks out of place in the Indian milieu, comical even.

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    • Actually most race goers at high profile events like this, particularly the people seated in the boxes/lounges, do take fashion inspiration from the Royal Ascot. There’s nothing typical to the Indian milieau (however one interprets that) about this race: it’s a rarefied post colonial pastime conducted at Mahalaxmi, which in itself is modelled after a famous Western racecourse. It’s perfectly appropriate for her to have dressed like this, especially considering that she’s the First Lady of this occasion and is allowed to stand out a bit . The amount of ridicule she faces simply for being whimsical and having fun with fashion baffles me.

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      • Don’t be baffled Vish! I will speak for myself here. I judge and express my opinion about a look based on how it looks to me. I don’t go to races and I don’t understand and frankly care about about high society races and fashion thereof and First Ladies trying to be evocative of royal ascots and what not!

        It may be whimsical and oh so cool and fun if you look at from that perspective. If you didn’t expect everyone else to look at it from that perspective you may not be so baffled by the ridicule. But in fact if you look at it from that perspective then there is nothing original about this fascinator. She has simply copied someone at one of those races abroad.

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  12. I’m totally okay with the hat, it’s whimsical and silly and totally on-theme. Those stilettos, though, are an abomination: it’s an amateur/wannabe move to wear open-toed pointy footwear to the races.

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  13. I love the visual treat this presents and kudos on the facinator as well. The only complain I have is the snug fit. It makes it look like she is spilling out at the back whereas she looks pretty toned on other occasions

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  14. Some of the pretentious royal-wannabe splainin’ on Ascot and Preakness….Well, let’s look at this from fashion and esthetics, and whimsy.
    Fashion -Pretentious
    Proportion-gargantuan
    Esthetics-Loud and OTT
    Craftsmanship-Hurried and meh
    Class-“Look at me, I’ve arrived!”
    Whimsy-Tries hard, but fails massively
    Verdict-Super pretentious stuck-on-the top “fascinator”

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