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Too much Energie

Talent, not money, should do the talking at Lakme Fashion Week.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 14, 2011 15:43 IST
Rochelle Pinto

Day Two at Lakme Fashion Week had the best and worst of what LFW is known for. Young designers like Masaba Gupta, Shrivan Narresh and Little Shilpa put their best foot forward, while sponsored shows like Energie had everyone scratching their heads wondering who would wear those clothes. Kudos to the male models, who did their best to make the shredded, distressed jeans with brass studs work.

Manish Malhotra kept his word and didn’t have a celebrity showstopper. Instead, he took to the ramp himself, walking with the confidence of a supermodel. Kareena Kapoor, animated as usual, sat next to an unusually sullen Imtiaz Ali, who was earlier inundated with fans, eager to discuss movies, and possibly Ranbir Kapoor. Apart from Kareena, Malhotra’s front row didn’t pack iMan the razzle dazzle it’s usually known for, with singer Hard Kaur and former model Sushama Reddy occupying spaces where you’d expect Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra or at least Gauri Khan.

Trend- Summer turban
An updated version of the pagdi, this headband-turban works wonders for keeping the hair off your face while giving you a cool accessory that’s not as kiddie as a headband. Designers Shrivan & Narresh styled theirs with both swimsuits and pantsuits, making it fit for the poolside or a party.

Kareena KapoorTrend- Gharara-inspired pants

Sabyasachi showed off his interpretation of the super-flair pants and Anand Kabra took it a step further by paring his glitzy version with a short black top.

Caution: wear at your own risk unless you have endless legs like the model wearing it.

Fan frenzy
Sarah Jane Dias turned up to watch Kunal Kapoor take the ramp as the showstopper for a menswear brand. Obviously smitten, she couldn’t stop gushing about how handsome he was, leaning over to her companion and giggling without taking her eyes off him. Could this be the beginning of an ‘IT’ item?

Tank that trend
It’s one thing to see ripped male models on the ramp wearing these Manish Malhotra-designed translucent kurtas, but when these kurtas are in danger of making it to the masses, we’re not sure life will be beautiful anymore.

Backstage Pass

Get a close-up view of fashion week from an insider who shall not be named!

Puppy love
Candice Pinto celebrated her birthday on the ramp. After her recent break-up with model Asif Azim, she’s found love with a hunk in the US, though Asif has been trying to woo her back. Too bad the poor boy hasn’t had much luck…

Show me the money
Shraddha Kapoor has learnt the ways of superstardom, refusing to turn up for dress fittings for the Grand Finale, where the faces of Lakme walk as showstoppers. Rumours have it that the issue is over a little extra moolah, but Shraddha must be a tough negotiator as she finally got her way.

Party animal
Manish Malhotra threw an after-show birthday party for close friend and choreographer Lubna Adams at his house, inviting Candice, whose birthday was on the same day, and a select few models. Funnily enough, his strict guestlist didn’t apply to male models, as lots of his favourites turned up. Looks like Malhotra has traded in partying with Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan for beefy ramp walkers.

Star wars
There’s a cold war brewing between Kolkata-based designers Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi. Seems like Khanna is unhappy that Sabya, who used to be her assistant, is a fashion star now. She would like to take credit for teaching him a lot, but Sabya would like to believe he’s a bigger star than her, and is not willing to give her more credit than she deserves.