The Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 held at Palladium Hotel in Mumbai ended with a bevy of Bollywood stars taking to the runway. The day began with its highoctane dose of celebs.
Priyanka Chopra walked the ramp for Delhi designer Varun Bahl, who returned to the fashion event after a decade by revisiting some of the key pieces over the years. While the show began with androgynous outfits like wide-legged trousers teamed with printed tops and zipper-sleeved blazers, it ended with pretty red lace and thread appliquÃ©s on nude gowns. Surprisingly, Piggy Chops chose to walk down the ramp in a pair of wide-legged black trousers with a black crop top, silver jacket, studded necklace and pointy toe heels.
For Neha Aggarwal’s debut collection titled Mille Fleurs, it was none other than actress Esha Gupta who took to the ramp in a pretty crystal-studded fishtail gown in a gradient of bright aquatic hues. Meanwhile, Bigg Boss 7 winner Gauhar Khan cut a graceful figure in a gold embroidered green jacket with a Nehru collar combined with a chiffon overskirt and geometric print cigarette pants.
Arpita Mehta took the desi route with boutique-like ethnic wear and roped in Ileana D’Cruz who wore a pink lehenga-choli set by the designer with silver leaf detailing on the borders. Model-cum-actress Lisa Haydon looked svelte in a white and midnight blue gown with a skin-coloured one-sleeved bodice that flaunted floral detailing.
The last show of the fashion week by couturier and costume designer Manish Malhotra brought together some of the most glamorous faces under the Yash Johar banner. The star-studded front row saw famous names such as Karan Johar, Kajol, Karisma Kapur, Priyanka Chopra and Esha Gupta By Radhika Bhalla in Mumbai who were all seen bonding over laughter through the show. Celina Jaitly, Juhi Chawla, Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, Dino Morea, Richa Chadha and Huma Qureshi were also spotted.
The show began with an energetic Varun Dhawan leading the way, who wore a Harris Tweed jacket with black Jodhpurs, a black collared shirt, lace-ups and his trademark mercury sunglasses in a bright pink colour. Singham 2 star Kareena Kapoor Khan stole the spotlight in a glittering silver frontopen low-back kurta over a shaded shimmering panelled lehenga and grey tulle cape.
Kareena shared, “Manish is someone who I’ve grown up in front of. We’ve known each other for 23 years since I was 10 years old. We’re also the best of friends and he’s like a family member to me.” Commenting on his creations, she said, “I think Manish’s garments are all beyond spectacular… People know that when you talk Manish, it’s always about colour, great embroidery and lots of glamour.”