Executive director of Serum Institute of India, philanthropist, socialite—Natasha Poonawalla wears many hats (may we say, literally and figuratively!). With an extensive wardrobe featuring some of the most sought after luxury labels, Poonawalla has established herself as the high priestess of luxury fashion. Whatever the occasion—be it a day at the races or a big Indian wedding, you can trust Poonawalla to look like she stepped out of the pages of a magazine.
If you’ve scrolled through her Instagram account, chances are you’ve stumbled across the hashtag #MoreIsMore. On one occasion, Poonawalla went a step further and captioned her photograph, ‘More is more…less is a bore!’—a sentiment that perhaps best captures her style as a wedding guest. With a calendar that includes everything from destination weddings to exclusive cocktail parties, Poonawalla certainly has a wardrobe to match. With its pick of statement lehengas, ornate saris and bespoke cocktail gowns and dresses, her wardrobe lends itself to celebrations of every shape and size. Clearly Manish Malhotra is a favourite for the lady—most of her pre-pandemic appearances had her wearing ensembles by the designer. Apart from him, her enviable Indian wear wardrobe includes labels like Sabyasachi, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla and Shantanu & Nikhil, to name a few.
A regular at Bollywood’s most memorable weddings, Poonawalla is partial towards her lehengas, particularly in whites and pastels. At Akash and Shloka Ambani’s engagement, it was an all-white embellished Shantanu & Nikhil lehenga with a sheer dupatta that won her vote. At another wedding in Vienna, it was an head-to-toe ivory once again—a high shine lehenga set with appliqué flowers, feathered detailing and a matching bag.