In a land of perennial celebrations, festive designs are integral to the local fashion aesthetic. Case in point: India, where designers don’t merely celebrate traditional designs but also give it a contemporary, global spin. At Lakmé Fashion Week, participating designers showcased the best of their festive collections with Bollywood’s hottest celebrity showstoppers sashaying down the runway. Let us see who ruled the ramps in their festive finery.
for Shantanu & Nikhil
Malaika Arora took the ramp in a curve-hugging cocktail gown by Shantanu & Nikhil. The cut-out gown in black and gold complemented her perfect-10 frame as much as her dusky skin. Not as heavy as other pieces in the collection, the gown is an ideal red carpet fit.
Mommy-to-be Kareena Kapoor-Khan dazzled in Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s bejewelled grey lehenga set. Adorned with elaborate Kashmiri embroidery, the choli was a feast for the eyes. Mukherjee may well have chosen the garment keeping Kapoor’s eyes in mind, as the outfit lent extra sparkle to the glowing actor on stage.
for Payal Singhal
Saiyami Kher, slated to make her debut in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s highly-anticipated epic romance Mirzya, closed Payal Singhal’s show in a pastel-hued embroidered blouse and lehenga. This off-shoulder outfit elegantly summed up the designer’s line of wearable and contemporary ethnics.
Dia Mirza for Tulsi Silks
Diya Mirza donned a black Kanchipuram saree embellished with silver zari for Tulsi Silks. Retaining a simple, traditional style to emphasise on the beauty of the handloom, the actor’s dignified demeanour allowed her garment’s singular design take the spotlight.
Bipasha Basu-Grover for Sanjukta
Bipasha Basu also gleamed in a desi ensemble, wearing a raw silk mekhla-chador for Sanjukta Dutta. Combining motifs from South India’s temples with silk threads from Assam, the design paid homage to the country’s rich textile heritage.
for Anushree Reddy
Shilpa Shetty played bride for designer Anushree Reddy. The actor struck a pose on the ramp wearing a pink and golden embroidered lehenga-choli, a standout design in the entire collection.
Prachi Desai for SVA
by Sonam and Paras Modi
SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi put up a regal festive collection. Actor, Prachi Desai closed the show in a gorgeous silver embroidered lehenga and off-shoulder blouse with an attached cape which highlighted the collection’s modern ethnic aesthetics.