The ramp gets buzzy

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    It was a star-studded night at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Check out more pics!

  • Ayushmann Khurrana

    Ayushmann Khurrana, left, along with health worker and activist Sunita Sutar displays creations by Vikram Phadnis during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. (AP Photo)

  • Vidya Balan

    Vidya Balan attends the Lakme Fashion Week with her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo)

  • Ileana D'Cruz

    Ileana D'Cruz displays a creation by Vikram Phadnis during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo)

  • Arbaaz Khan

    Arbaaz Khan, left, and his son Arhaan Khan display creations by Vikram Phadnis  during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo)

  • Jeetendra

    Jeetendra, left, and Juhi Chawla display creations by Vikram Phadnis during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo)

  • Arbaaz Khan

    Arbaaz Khan, left, his son Arhaan Khan and wife Malaika Arora Khan, right, along with young environmental activist Diksha Pawar display creations by Vikram Phadnis  ...

  • Dia Mirza

    Dia Mirza, left, along with social activist Rohini Valvatkar displays creations by Vikram Phadnis during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo)

  • Farah Khan

    Designer Rohit Bal, left, and Bollywood Director Farah Khan, right, along with social activist Sanjana Sanjay Khedekar display creations by Vikram Phadnis during the Lakme ...

  • Riteish Deshmukh

    Riteish Deshmukh (R) poses with his wife Genelia D'Souza as they attend a fashion show by designer Vikram Phadnis supporting the ‘Swades Foundation’ on the ...

Lakme Fashion Week, that concluded in Mumbai recently, regained the missing buzz this season with many good shows and initiatives that brought fashion closer to good causes.
 
An announcement was made to rescue and provide shelter to stray dogs using fashion as a platform and a show by Vikram Phadnis showcasing the good work being done by Swades Foundation, an organisation spearheaded by Ronnie Screwvala, in small villages in Maharashtra proved to me a moving yet meaningful one with the villagers engaged in social activities, walking the runway in the company of celebrities and models. The show devoted to Save The Tiger cause witnessed a display of 41 creations, designed specially with this theme in mind. It was interesting to see their interpretation of tiger on the runway. While some put in a lot of effort in creating something for the occasion in 10 days, the lackadaisical effort put in by some was clearly evident as well.

There was plenty on the glamour side too. Manish Malhotra paid a tribute to 100 years of Bollywood with a show having rare celebrities like Asha Bhosle walking the runway for the first time. New York-based fashion designer Naeem Khan presented his collection of red carpet outfits on the runway. Tarun Tahilani’s offsite opening of the fashion week coupled with Namrata Joshipura’s grand finale offering in high-tech format, and shows that came in between were some of the brightest, like that of Kunal Rawal, Swati Kalsi, Pooja Kapoor, Soumitra Mondal and Akaaro.

LFW also became a platform for promotion of Indian textiles in designer fashion on the Indian Textile Day.  Some of the leading fashion designers showcased their collection on this day using traditional textiles in Indian and western silhouettes. While the event was essentially a womenswear affair, a fair sprinkle of impeccable menswear was also showcased by Arjun Khanna, Shantanu & Nikhil and a few others.

 

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