Bollywood elite hit the catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week
Colour and shine dominated Lakme Fashion Week, which concluded in India’s cultural capital of Mumbai earlier this week. With the inextricable link between celebrity and style, Bollywood’s presence at the event is always a given. This year, a who’s who on the runway included Kareena Kapoor and Hema Malini.
Temperatures soared as more than 86 designers set hearts a-flutter with jewel-embellished saris, tasseled tunics, and elegant tights. Prominent designers like Wendell Rodricks, Neeta Lulla, Anita Dongre, and Ritu Beri paired bold cuts and colours with luxurious fabrics and bold textures for timeless pieces that exuded femininity and romance.
Kapoor, one of India’s most prominent actresses, strolled down the runway in creations by emerging designer Kallol Datta as well as husband and wife team Pankaj and Nidhi.
According to ZeeNews, Kapoor lent her inimitable style to Datta’s creation as she hit the runway in a black and white snail print tunic with fashionable leggings. For Pankaj and Nidhi, she donned a high-collared tunic over slim black tights.
Other runway celebrities included Gangs Of Wasseypur actress Richa Chadda and her co-star Huma Qureshi who appeared in a black lace dress and gold bolero jacket by Atithi Gupta. Sameera Reddy, star of the Tamil blockbuster Vaaranam Aayiram, represented Archana Kochhar on the runway while British beauty Amy Jackson set pulses racing in a slinky black sari by Pernia Qureshi.
However, the showstopper undoubtedly went to veteran actor Hema Malini who took to the stage as Radha, the beautiful consort of the Hindu god Krishna. She donned a creation by master designer Neeta Lulla—a dark purple lehenga choli and net style dupatta embroidered in gold.
“Radha has always been a symbol of grace, and she is the epitome of beauty and romance for me,” Lulla told reporters after the show.
A male model dressed as Krishna accompanied Malini. Together they performed a short classical dance known as Kathak. The divine presence was an appropriate touch for the fashion show, which is hailed as something of a sacred pilgrimage for India’s jetsetters.