Leading designers Satya Paul and Manish Malhotra enthralled the fashion audience in South Africa with their latest collections at the India Show being held here.
The three reigning Miss Indias - Manasvi Mamgai (Miss India World), Neha Hinge (Miss India International) and Nicole Faria (Miss India Earth) - joined former Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar and top Indian models Freddy Daruwala, Piyush Walia and Dipti Gujral on the ramp.
Malhotra, who boasts of a huge Bollywood clientele, showed his newest couture collection, titled 'Celebration', which was a peek at India over the years.
The hues, fabrics, textures and embroidery that represent the country's rich culture were interpreted using a contemporary perspective, celebrating the various eras from the Mughal period to the Rajasthan royalty to contemporary bridal wear.
Set in jewel tones and using luxurious fabrics like velvets and antique brocades, the collection amalgamated traditional zardosi and thread work with edgy, contemporary designs.
Satya Paul's collection 'Zen, Zest, Zip, Zap and Zing' was presented for the very first time in Johannesburg. The collection featured a mix of saris and western garments with a variety of fabrics and an interesting play with embroidery textures.
With August being Women's Month in South Africa, Satya Paul's collection was designed as a tribute to the women of today.
The Tribhangi Dance Theatre Group and leading South African models added a local touch to the show.
India Show, a four-day event hosted by the Indian mission is aimed at portraying India as a world-class technology leader. It not only features a trade and investment expo and dialogue, but is also exposing South Africans to a taste of India's culture and design flair.
The cutting-edge Indian designs that have found favour in the West as well are expected to further enhance business between the South African and Indian fashion and textile industries.