Indian brands on models, foreign labels on people

Published on Apr 29, 2004 01:04 PM IST

Indian wasn't shining as the Lakme India Fashion Week entered its second day. The parade of labels flaunted by the Pretty People who'd come to cheer their friends was anything but Indian.

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PTI | ByAsmita Aggarwal/Arati Thapa, New Delhi

Indian wasn't shining as the Lakme India Fashion Week entered its second day. The parade of labels flaunted by the Pretty People who'd come to cheer their friends was anything but Indian.

Art of Living instructor and Sanjay Dutt's ex, Rhea Pillai, arrived in Miss Sixty pencil jeans and carried a Christian Dior bag. "They make me feel good and look good," Pillai said.

Ayesha Depala, a designer who retails from Ambawatta, was dressed in jeans from New York (the brand's called Citizens Of Humanity) and white top she'd bought in Dubai. Her bag was a Louis Vuitton. The rest of her was also a showcase of big labels — Jimmy Choo shoes, Cartier watch and Chanel shades.

Goan designer Wendell Rodricks was carrying a biker's bag from the Swedish company Boblbe.e he'd picked up from Galerie Lafayette in Paris.

Sunjay 'Mr Karisma' Kapoor's ex and Dino Morea's current love interest, Nandita Mehtani, was strutting on a pair of Jimmy Choo strappy sandals, parading a Bulgari necklace and Gucci bag.

Delhi's Radhika Chanana was dripping labels — diamond-studded Cartier watch, Fendi tote bag she'd picked up from Rome last summer and Gina shoes. "Our designers make fabulous tops, but they still have to work on trousers and accessories," said the designer of accessories who was sporting a Ranna Gill kaftan top with peek-a-boo sleeves.

Ruheen Jaiswal, famous for being seen in the company of Fardeen Khan, came in a Marc Jacobs white off-shoulder silk girlie dress. The only Indian label spotted (an Abraham & Thakore cotton shirt with silk stripes) was on Delhi designer Sonam Dubal. "We designers have to promote each other," he said.

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