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Star-studded ramp show for Ritu Kumar

Designer diva Ritu Kumar kicked off the inaugural show of the HDIL India Couture Week (HDIL ICW) with a cocktail of celebrities walking the ramp with élan and elegance.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 17, 2008 15:21 IST

Designer diva Ritu Kumar kicked off the inaugural show of the HDIL India Couture Week (HDIL ICW) with a cocktail of Bollywood stars, reigning beauty queens and former supermodels walking the ramp with élan and elegance. <b1>

The show stopper of the evening on Tuesday was Bollywood actress and former Miss India World 2008 Priyanka Chopra in a maroon lehnga with intricate zardozi work all over and a green choli with a big emerald green maang tikka on her forehead.

Apart from her, Bollywood actress and former Miss India 2002 Neha Dhupia, actresses Riya and Raima Sen, regaining Miss India World 2008 Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss India Earth 2008 Tanvi Vyas and Miss India Earth 2006 Amruta Patki also walked the ramp for the designer.

It was also a comeback of sorts for three former supermodels who, after a long hiatus, were walking the ramp - just for Kumar.

Miss India 1976 Anna Bredmeyer, Sonalika Oberoi and Shyamolee Verma brought back the magic of yesterday's era on the ramp.

Kumar's show opened with Indian classical music setting the mood for the evening and a Rajasthan fort as its backdrop. The brown runway had big brown stones lying by its sides to give it the authentic touch.

"The collection interprets Indian fashion in a way that is so aesthetically grand, rich, classical and exotic at the same time that it makes for a look that could stand out on any ramp in any part of the world," Kumar said after the show.

"The colour and sensuous quality of Indian clothing comes through with a vigour and a sense of bindaas (carefree) style that rejuvenates traditional norms with its bohemian take on fashion," she added.

Kumar's collection was divided into four different lines.

The opener was a collection of black and gold evening gowns, chogas, long tunics, saris, lehngas, anarkali suits and Kutchi gathered coats worn over divided loose pants with dhapka, mukaish and a range of metallic embellishments on them.

The second line comprised a white and silver collection. Gota work and silver trims dominated the embroidery portion of heavy weight saris, lehngas and gowns.

The third line was an example of designer's imagination that she terms 'modern couture'. Kumar showcased a beautiful and elegant collection of coats, trench and bomber jackets, all trimmed with leather and worn with tights and boots.

The fourth line was in soft pastels with peshwaz and lehngas in subtle colors with intricate embellishments, dull gold and metallic threads.

Commenting on the show, former supermodel Madhu Sapre told IANS: "The collection was simply amazing and seeing former supermodels walk the ramp for her was very overwhelming."

"For a couture collection, you need an elegant model who can carry off these clothes gracefully - all these supermodels fitted in the bill perfectly," she added.

Sonalika Oberoi, who had last walked the ramp in 1998, was rather nostalgic.

"Everything is the same. The ramp hasn't changed. This show brought back the memories of my good old days," Oberoi said.

"Initially I was nervous but once I was on the ramp, I forgot everything. The collection in itself was so elegant that it was easy to forget everything else."

Things were very different for supermodel Shyamolee Verma - who was walking the ramp after 20 years!

"It feels as if it was yesterday only that I had walked on the ramp. It feels like homecoming," Verma beamed.

"It's always wonderful to be back on the ramp especially for Ritu's collection."

While everyone was praising the designer for her grand collection, Omanakuttan, who will be donning Kumar's collection at the Miss World contest, jokingly said: "Everything is perfect. My only complaint is that the lenghas were very heavy."

The India Couture Week is the latest initiative of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), which annually stages two editions of the hugely successful Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) in New Delhi.

"The fashion week is a bit about prêt, couture and diffusion. Many designers felt there was space for an event exclusively devoted to couture and hence this event," said FDCI president Sunil Sethi.

Apart from Ritu Kumar, the others who will be showcasing their collections at the event, which concludes Sunday , are J.J. Valaya, Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Ashish Soni, Manav Gangwani, Pallavi Jaikishan, Rohit Bal, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl.