Showstoppers at Lakme Fashion Week

The Winter/Festive season of Lakme Fashion Week has seen a number of Bollywood's best turn showstopper for their favourite designers.

Ushering in the bridal season, Anushree Reddy made use of elaborate embroidery work and traditional zardosi techniques to create a fabulous wedding collection of beautiful lehengas for her Niloufer collection. When showstopper Narghis Fakri walked out in her opulent, yellow scalloped lehenga, she seemed to embody everything that a bride wants to look like on her special day.

“My designs are inspired by Niloufer, who was the most loved princess of Hyderabad. The embroidery work is inspired from the era and the use of zardosi too, is typical of Hyderabadi traditions of those times,” said Anushree, explaining her collection. Nargis also seemed overjoyed to wear Anushree's outfit. “When you’re getting married, you want to feel want your wedding to be a fairytale. And I think Anushree’s work entails all of that,” she smiled.

Vaani Kapoor

Vaani Kapoor, the modern bride
The beauty of the chinar trees in Kashmir has inspired numerous artists and designers. The SVA label by Sonam and Paras Modi presented their Naseem Bagh collection inspired by the chinar leaves with elements and motifs from the Kashmir Valley.
The bespoke pieces were created in luxurious velvets along with a lavish dose of silks and some sheer touches of net. The characteristic chinar leaves and Himalayan bulbul were translated into prints and embroidery to add majesty to the regal garments.
Vani Kapoor walked the ramp for the designer duo in a scarlet lehanga set with a stylised blouse accessorized with a metallic belt. She looked everything that a modern Indian bride wants to look on her wedding, her lehenga a marriage of traditonal colour and modern cut.

Preity Zinta

Inspired by the stars
The Falguni and Shane Peacock Spring/Summer 2018 collection Cassiopeia consisted of designs that dazzled, inspired as they were by the galaxies and the stars. While Ujjwala Raut looked striking opening the show in her bodysuit, it was showstopper Preity Zinta who truly stole the show in her off-shoulder, smoky grey gown and emerald earrings.


A mingling of cultures
It was Amit Aggarwal’s travels in Monaco that inspired his Monaco from the Heart of Kashi collection. While Monaco represents to him the lazy Riviera and the opulent French and Italian architecture, he has introduced elements of Banarasi brocades in his design, thereby marrying traditions of the orient with the western styles. Esha Gupta was the showstopper for this sensational bridal collection and looked like every groom’s dream-come-true in her metallic blue-and-gold brocade gown.

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