Lakme Fashion Week begins

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Mumbai, Oct 13: The prestigious Lakme Fashion Week began at the National Centre For Performing Arts (NCPA) here today. The most awaited ''Business of Fashion'' will see over 92 buyers and 59 designers, along with over 12 international models showcasing the best that fashion has to offer.

The Fashion Week commenced today with Gitanjali Lifestyle and Bollywood designer Neeta Lulla creating a stunning extravaganza. The presentation opened with a romantic sequence by ace dancer Sandip Soparkar, who set the mood for the show.

Apparel and accessories

The Stefan Hafner line of jewellery by Giannti, a very high-end collection for the connoisseur, was showcased with a range of necklaces, earrings and brooches in glittering diamonds.

Neeta Lulla's stunning collection in pastels described as ''An Eye for Excellence'' was in the most beautiful shades, ranging from blue to earthy green, peach, pink, beige and ivory in soft flowing chiffons, laces and georgettes. The figure-hugging draped creations had the most delicate lace edging.

Kolkata-based designer Nandita Thirani will showcase her collection ''The Madonna Affliction'' under her label ''Contradiction'' at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW).

Retro reinvented fashion

The collection is about 'reinventing yourself' -- bold, tough, raunchy, independent. Inspired by Pop Art, the collection has retro touches. Short dresses give a feel of the sensual evening wear. Overdyed checker patterns and comic strip compliment the classic cuts of the ensembles, made in chiffons, georgettes and satins.

Nandita has retailed her outfits from across the country through her own retailing outlets in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. Nandita has also exported her creations to many well known designers in the US and Europe.

''My new label 'Contradiction', which will debut at the Lakme Fashion Week this season, is a battle of choices -- it is a combination of opposites. My label is a tribute to the Indian woman of today,'' she said.

''I have come of age and am looking for garments that blend the East with the West,'' she added.


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