Bollywood Struts the Catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week
Colour and shine dominated at Lakmé 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, the who’s who on the runway included Kareena Kapoor and Hema Malini.
Temperatures soared as over 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.
Kareena 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, Kareena lent her inimitable style to Kallol’s creation as she swanned down the runway dressed 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 costar Huma Qureshi who appeared in a black lace dress and gold boldero 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 title of 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,” Neeta told reporters after the show.
A male model dressed as Krishna accompanied Hema. 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.