Mattel Inc's Barbie, on Friday kickstarted Mumbai's premier fashion event--the Lakme India Fashion Week 2009--with designers and models bringing the world's most iconic doll to life in Barbie-like looks and outfits.
The young girls' best friend flaunted a slew of designs and colours ranging from Rajasthan's Shibori fabric to brocades and metallic hues to the obvious pinks.
After taking the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week by storm last month, Mattel had invited Indian designers to a contest, asking them to create designs for the doll as their muse.
The show called "BarbieAll Dolld Up!" is the style icon's first in India and showcased life-size, Barbie-inspired looks, which were put together by designers like Wendell Rodricks, Neeta Lulla, Sonam Mehta, Shantanu & Nikhil, Jyoti Sharma, Vikram Phadnis and others.
The winning design by Nishka Lulla will be replicated on the actual doll this year itself. "There are plans to replicate the winning design on the doll within six months or so. It will definitely be this year and the doll will be a Katrina Kaif look-alike," a Mattel India spokesperson said.
The show-stopper, Katrina Kaif, was dressed in Lulla's winning design, which was a multi-hued mini dress, with an Indian twist.
"I dressed up Barbie in what would be her 18th birthday outfit. I've made use of a big golden bow at the back, and brocades and the Rajasthani Shibori fabric. I wanted to create something cute and vibrant for 'My Barbie', something that would showcase her spirit," Lulla said.
Sober hues and metallics could reflect in designers' creations keeping with the gloomy recessionary trends, she said. "Bright colours are going to stay, there may be sober hues like white, black, grey showing up in the backdrop of the recession," Lulla said.