With Lakme Fashion Week 2011 in full swing, all eyes were on veteran Indian fashion darling Neetu Lulla. A world-renowned designer and celebrity favorite (she’s even at the top of Aiwshwarya Rai’s list), Neetu Lulla showcases flawless collections season after season. Her rich, Renaissance-inspired, Winter/Festive 2011 collection was no exception. Models glided down the runway, adorned with subtle makeup and their hair in sophisticated updos roped with elaborate braids, each more regal than the next.
Bollywood actress Prachi Desai, who made her entrance in an embellished anarkali with a detailed Gota border, set a cultural tone for the event as she commenced the show. On her decision to ask Desai to walk in her show, Lulla explained, “The look of Prachi is very apt for girls. She is the right muse for this kind of look. She is very traditional yet very contemporary.”
The collection brought a fresh twist to traditional techniques, reviving the ancient Sri Hstakala Kalamkari method from coastal Andhra and combining it with Renaissance styling. Delicately flowing silhouettes with zari borders and floral motifs delighted the audience. Fabrics included brocades, velvet, light silk, georgettes, silk chiffons, French lace and nets, all embellished with embroidery, vintage kundan and metal work. “The embroidery took a long time as it has lots of antique work,” explained Neeta.
Neeta pushed the envelope with unique pairings, including puff sleeves, asymmetrical kurtas, embellished duppattas and net sarees layered over brocade. She used a rich pallet of colors like deep red, rust, yellow and Parisian blue and enhanced them by using gold accents including paneling, embroidery and stone work. There were looks for every kind of bride, from heavily embellished sets to backless cholis that took this fashion-forward look to a new level.
A perfect blend of traditional ethnic designs, techniques and colors with modern tailoring and style, Neeta Lulla’s collection had something for everyone.