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LAKME FASHION WEEK
For An Elegant BrideLakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2012 recently took place in Mumbai. The five-day extravaganza of fashion showcased works of some of the biggest designers in India, namely Purvi Doshi, James Ferreira, Gen Next, Sailex, Masaba, Shivan & Narresh and Rohit Bal amongst others. Like any major fashion show, LFW had top Indian super models, sashaying down the ramp, showcasing designs that added to the prestige and glamour of this phenomenal event. This year LFW's theme was bright and vibrant, and aimed to replace the gloomy colours of winters. Day one had all the ingredients that make the event different from others, a generous helping of Bollywood stars, seamless organisation and a touching display of humility in an industry notorious for balancing the proverbial chip on its shoulder. Vikram Phadnis' collection of Indian saris and lehngas were magnificently designed down to each intricate detail. Long gone are the heavy 'in your face' outfits with extremely heavy beading and over the top crystals. Bollywood sisters Malaika and Amrita Arora walked the ramp for him. Malaika wore a stunning black colour velvet full-sleeve blouse with embroidered ghagra while her sister Amrita wore a cream lehnga. Both looked stunning and made a statement in these elegant designs.
With the wedding season around, Payal Singh's collection was a hit amongst fashion lovers, as her outfits were traditional with a very slight modern twist. Her wedding collection wooed the audience with its colour palette and its elegance. Tanisha, Kajol's younger sister, wore a black tulle lehnga which had detailed embroidery in gold and a long sleeved choli, along with a dazzling dupatta and walked down the ramp as the show-stopper, while Amy Jackson showcased Bhairavi Jaikishan's collection by wearing a sensational sari.
A common thread of Indian clothing by these talented designers was elegance and simplicity to show off the beautiful Indian female figure in its full glory. Each model projected the designs and collections with tremendous ease and finesse, and each one of them showed amazing confidence embraced with beauty. Bibhu, Siddhartha Tytler, Rimi Nayak, with Sucheta Sharma, Khushboo and Prem were next in line to showcase their collections. Dia Mirza walked the ramp for Khushali Kumar, who presented a collection inspired by fairy tales and titled it quite aptly as, 'Angels and Princesses'. Each model adorned the runway wearing elegant and colourful gowns; the attention to detail on the bodice and the thread work on these gowns could make any girl feel like a princess.
'Dabangg' girl Sonakshi Sinha walked as the showstopper for JJ Valaya. She wore a beautiful cream and blue paneled anarkali dress with netted design. Rohit Bal concluded the grand event with a tasteful finale as all big names of Bollywood sat with anticipation of this great designer's collection. Bal's collection did not just showcase amazing designs but was also a show of breath-taking choreography, enticing the senses of sight and sound and bringing a beautiful dream to life. The collection titled as 'Kaarigari' was a blend of Asian and Western outfits for both men and women. The outfits for women were floor hugging and graceful, whilst men wore airy and comfortable outfits that hinted sharp styling. The collection started with beautiful ivory couture dresses followed by an extreme contrast of dark colours like beige and brown, maroon, wine, cobalt, red and purple. The balance of crystal, resham and zari embroidery on these outfits were perfect as the production of the grand finale.
No celebrity walked the ramp in the Grand Finale, unlike last year when Kareena Kapoor came in as the show-stopper for Manish Malhotra.
The outfits this season were exquisite in every form and there is no doubt that fashion, designs and creativity are pouring out of Asia and will one day be featured as main couture brands in fashion weeks around the world.

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