Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) In the glamour world, favours reap celebrity harvest.
Narendra Kumar designed the costumes for actress Kangana Raut's upcoming movie 'Fashion' and in return wanted a favour - that Raut should walk the ramp for his showcase at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) here.
'Narendra designed my clothes. While designing my outfits, he told me that I would have to walk the ramp for him,' Kangana told IANS after the show here Monday night.
'I think his clothes are beautiful and believe me, I enjoyed walking the ramp for him,' the actress said.
The actress walked the ramp in a one-piece white corset and burgundy lehenga. It was accessorised with ethnic costume jewellery.
'The first time I saw Kangana, I told her that you are going to be my showstopper. Because besides being a wonderful actress, she is a great model too. She possesses the perfect combination of intelligence, body and the right attitude required for my clothes,' Kumar said.
But the actress was not the only one who caught eyeballs. Glamour icons like Simi Garewal, Rahul Bose, Hritesh Deshmukh and director Madhur Bhandarkar were seated in the front row of the star-studded show.
'It was a great show. Kangana is a very good actress and an amazing model. Whatever she does, it's with full sincerity,' Bhandarkar raved.
Bose said: 'When I came for the show, I knew I was going to see well-finished sophisticated clothes, but what surprised me was the wonderful colour palette - pinks, reds and browns. The stuff was exquisite.
'Moreover, it was good to see how people (stars) from one profession (film industry) come and support people of other profession (fashion industry),' Bose said.
Speaking about the collection, Kumar said: 'It was based on the city of Jaipur - the pink city - its pavilions and palaces. It is about lost romance ... something that everyone has at some point of time ... and how when it reappears or just reoccurs in your thoughts, you lose the grip over your mind for 15 minutes.
'As the collection is about romance the palette encompassed shades of pinks, reds, maroons, fuchsias, browns and silvers. Furthermore, the West is facing a recession. So one sees all kinds of dark shades in their lines. We are happy people; so why not use a riot of colours instead of blindly copying the West.'
On offer were halter tops, jackets with oversize collars, tops with woollen sleeves, smocked tube dresses, quilted jackets, short blouson skirts, duchess silver satin waistcoats, net tops, silver pants, georgette tops, overcoats, zippered jackets, tweed pants, corset tops and shift dresses.
Fabrics like tweeds, satins, applique, organza nets, brocade and silks were used for the outfits. The designer embellished his collection with sequin work, zardozi work, applique embroidery and smocking.
The five-day fashion fiesta will end April 2.