It was a rare moment of camaraderie as seven Bollywood divas lined up in the front row to attend designer Manish Malhotra’s show on Monday, at the ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai. Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukherji, Preity Zinta, Sameera Reddy, Sophie Choudry, Ameesha Patel and Urmila Matondkar sat next to each other, giggling and chatting.
“The girls are all my friends. I had also invited Karisma (Kapur), Kareena (Kapoor) and Raveena (Tandon), but they were out of town. I would have loved to have more people but there was just no space,” said Malhotra.
“The show was fantastic. It was great to meet up with the girls,” said Sameera. “Before the show, Manish told me that it is going to be simple, but it was so extravagant. Among the designs, all the girls loved the pants.” While Ameesha called the show “super” and “fab”, Preity said, “So much fun meeting all the girls show last night! It was a riot.”
Priyanka, too, tweeted about the show. “Went to Manish Malhotra’s show n met up with the gals… too much fun! gurrrlls just wanna have funnnn! (sic).”
DAY 4 at Lakmé Fashion Week was all about glam grandeur
Costa introduced his contemporary womenswear line. The collections screamed red carpet glamour with rich hues like wine, magenta and aubergine interspersed with lace. The gowns had front drapes and the suits were tailored, yet retained the chic and feminine factor. These were interspersed with glimpses of his trademark menswear collection.
Known for Indian wear
A mirror-laden glitzy runway saw a riot of designs in blue and red. The collection was festive in its look and feel. The embroidery was strategic and silhouettes, fluid. The collection struck a chord with lovers of traditional finery, embellishments and structured finish.
Victorian with an Indian touch
Shinde had some interesting and contemporary silhouettes that work well for a woman with a perfect body. The cuts were fitted and the collection had a young appeal. There were flouncy skirts and structured jackets. The fabrics used were chiffons, satin, velvet and faux leather. The clinched-waist skirts formed the focus of the trendy display.
Singhal showcased some interesting silhouettes that were luxurious yet wearable. There were backless cholis and lehengas with crystal and zardozi embroidery. The kalidar crepe lehengas and bead dupattas were the highlights.
Besides a host of Bollywood divas who were seen in the front row during Manish Malhotra’s show, other star presence at LFW included Sonakshi Sinha, who walked for Narendra Kumar’s second act, a musical treat by singer Shaan during designer Troy Costa’s show, and Sunidhi Chauhan, who walked with Salim-Suleman during Shyamal and Bhumika’s show. Payal Singhal’s show saw ex-veejay Maria Goretti and actor Perizad Kolah.