Body-painted babes sizzle at India Fashion Week

Upcoming designer Neeta Bhargaoa adorned a few of her models with body paint to do something "out of the ordinary".

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 14:31 IST

Models painted with floral motifs on their body spiced up the ramp on the second day of Wills India Fashion Week as New Delhi's glitterati exposed itself again to hi-fashion on Thursday.

Designer Neeta Bhargaoa, an upcoming name in fashion circles, adorned a few of her models with body paint to do something "out of the ordinary".

Bhargaoa collection was designed for "evening wear" and used a lot of embellishments for the dresses. The designer played wonderfully with basic colors of black and white, adding a dash of passion with red.

Neeta Bhargaoa says it with body-painted model

"My collection is called 'Fatal Attraction' and it has got all the virtues of black. Black is a colour that will gel withany other colour. Opposites gel with each other and it has a base where all the other colours blend very well," said an elated Bhargaoa.

For Australian-born model and upcoming actress Tania Zaetta, it was an experience to remember.

"This (body paint) fits in perfectly with Neeta's designs. She is known for taking pen and paper and making designs and putting them on fabric. So, instead of that, she's put it on me. It took four people five hours to do this so it has been a very early start for me," Zaetta said.

Another designer to showcase on the second day was Ashish Pandey who used a lot of Indian motifs for his designs.

An alumni of India's premier National Institute of Fashion Technology, Pandey's collection "Yesterday Once More" was a mix of traditional and contemporary, with a focus on "wearability".

The five-day long show organised by the Fashion Design Council of India provides designers a platform to showcase their collections wooing top international buyers such as Browns, H and M and Saks Fifth Avenue. It will see an array of designs with almost 115 designers participating in 70 shows and over 100 models walking down the ramp.

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Lakme branched off to hold separate fashion shows from this year, as they could not agree to the sponsorship amount for the events.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 14:41 IST