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Sophie’s Choice True blue Londoner with an international wardrobe that overflows ...
FSJ September, 2012

Sophie’s Choice
True blue Londoner with an international wardrobe that overflows with designer wear, actor-singer-song writer Sophie Choudry parties plenty and always in style  

Sophie was just 12 years old when she was discovered by internationally known musician Biddu. After an all-girl band called Sansara (recall ‘Yeh dil sun raha hai’), she went solo with hits like ‘Habibi’.


In Mumbai, it’s been a hectic whirl at MTV as VJ, topping the charts with music albums and remixes and picking up awards including one for most stylish female in music.Besides energetic stage shows all over the world, Sophie Choudry has also acted in Hindi films like Shaadi No 1, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Heyy Babyy and Aa Dekhe Zara.The breaking news: Sophie has sung her first playback song for Preity Zinta in Ishq In Paris.  A fun club number titled ‘It’s all about tonight’, the song is in French and Sophie has even written the lyrics for it! With a well-toned, well-maintained body, Sophie can carry off practically any kind of wear. Here’s a rare peep into Sophie’s exquisitely varied wardrobe with fashion tips from the elegant dresser.

“I have loved dressing up ever since I was a kid. Even on a regular day you will always see me well turned out”

Where do you shop for your clothes?
I’m fortunate to travel all over the world thanks to all the stage shows I do. I love shopping in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong but nothing beats my home town London. It has the best variety of high street and designer wear. Selfridges and Harvey Nichols have been my faves ever since I was a kid. However I love King’s Road and Sloane Street too. I also lived in Paris for two years and that city has the most amazing little boutiques. India has improved a lot with all the luxury brands coming in, so I also shop at Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta and Jimmy Choo in Mumbai as well as the designer store Kitsch.

“I am a shoe-holic. I am obsessed with nude shoes like my Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti and Prada but my all-time favourite is a gold Gucci wedge”

You are impeccably dressed all the time and get it right, always. What’s the tip here you would like to give?
Just know what works for you and feel confident in whatever you wear. I have loved dressing up ever since I was a kid. Even on a regular day you will always see me well turned out. It is a part of who I am and I enjoy it because it feels effortless.

How do you stay so fit?
Over the past one year I have suffered from two bad knees… and a slipped disc in my neck. That has meant I cannot work out the way I used to. I can’t run on a treadmill, I can’t do yoga because the shoulder and neck don’t have that kind of strength and I even had to reduce my salsa. It’s really tough to deal with but I work out with my trainer Yasmin Karachiwalla and focus on strength training and Pilates which I love. I also perform live a lot and sometimes the shows are 90 mins to two hours long. That takes a lot of stamina and is a bloody good workout. You have to make fitness a part of your lifestyle. There is no other way!

Your favourite pair of shoes? Where did you buy them from?
I am a shoe-holic, ha ha! I am obsessed with nude shoes like my Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti and Prada but my all-time favourite is a gold Gucci wedge that is so old yet I still wear it all the time. And whenever I do women stop and ask me where those shoes are from. They are the perfect wedge and I will cry the day they fall apart!

“I love shopping in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong but nothing beats my home town London. Selfridges and Harvey Nichols have been my faves ever since I was a kid”

Your fave place for street shopping?
It has to be Thailand. I’m not a fan of rasta shopping but there is something very special about street markets in Bangkok. They are fun and you always find cute bits and pieces. There is also a lovely night market in Chang Mai that I love.

Your fave fashion destination?
London, Paris and Milan are just awesome, however I had the privilege of going to Tokyo last year and the city was just incredible. So many different senses of fashion, different ways to express yourself and very fashion forward. It was just amazing!

“It’s good to experiment with colours, like brighter lips or a coloured liner but just know when to stop. Nothing can compensate for a great glowing skin”

How do you rate Mumbai for its fashion sense?
Awful! People in Mumbai use the weather as an excuse but Hong Kong, Singapore are also humid. Why don’t people look like slobs there? The Mumbai jhalla culture is something I will never get used to. Ganjis, chappals, bad grooming... Yuck! Thankfully people have at least started dressing a little better in the evenings. Comfort dressing is important. I totally get that but it doesn’t mean you have to look like you just stepped out of bed!

“I lived in Paris for two years and that city has the most amazing little boutiques. I also shop at Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta and Jimmy Choo in Mumbai”

Do you plan your wardrobe in advance and do you have a stylist?
I have never worked with a stylist for any event. I would definitely love to since it would be interesting to see how they would style me. However, I have a strong sense of self and would always make sure that I am comfortable in my skin even if I am experimenting with a look.



How do you like your hair? Tips to maintain the same, pl!
My hair looks best down, tousled with some volume. However, over the past one year I have experimented a lot with hairstyles... braids, different ways of putting hair up, side swept, volume ponytails. It’s about creating a whole look and seeing what works best with the outfit. I use Kerastase products. You must use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. I also use serums, Moroccan oil, hairspray.... I am not afraid to use products. A protein treatment is crucial at least once a month and a good trim every six weeks.



How often do you go to a salon?
At least once a week for a blow dry or a treatment. I enjoy looking after myself.

“The Mumbai jhalla culture...ganjis, chappals, bad grooming... Yuck! Comfort dressing is fine but you don’t have to look like you just stepped out of bed!”

Your makeup tips?
Don’t overdo it! Find the right base because that is crucial. Then figure the features you want to highlight. Eyes, mouth, maybe even cheeks and focus on that. It’s good to experiment with colours for sure. Like brighter lips or a coloured liner but just know when to stop! Nothing can compensate for a great glowing skin. So focus on achieving that.

Who according to you is the best dressed in Mumbai – male and female?
Male... My eternal favourite is Big B. He is stylish in everything he does. The way he dresses, speaks, carries himself. I just adore him. I also like Saif’s style, especially his formal looks.



I have always liked Preity Zinta’s style because it is effortless. She never ever looks overdone or tacky and she is one of the few actresses who has the right body language to carry off a gown. I like how Kangana has groomed herself and the way she experiments with her looks. Sonam definitely deserves credit for her fashion sense though sometimes I feel like she is always dressed by a stylist.  Nonetheless I love seeing well turned out women!   



By Celebrity Fashion Editor
Tejaswini Kolhapure

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