New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty walked the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) ramp for Tarun Tahiliani's collection 'From Kutch to Kenya' and left the audience spellbound.
She was aglow in a flowing golden drape dress and a gold headband and waistband completed the look.
'People say that by bringing a celebrity on the ramp, a designer can get away with any kind of collection but that is not true. The drape evening dress was designed only keeping her in mind,' Tahiliani told IANS after the show Thursday evening.
'I have worked for hours to get the right fit,' he said.
The truly dramatised show started with the packed hall at Pragati Maidan singing the national anthem. And then through giant cutouts of elephants, men dressed like monkeys came jumping and dancing on the ramp, and then gave way to models.
'We played the national anthem to recapture the essence of the 60th year of Indian independence,' Tahiliani said.
The collection was inspired by Kathiawari men in Kutch, taking a break from their day, perched in draped splendour, with their dhotis and wrapped skirts hitched up, and glorious safas protecting them from the summer sun.
'I don't believe in fashion divided for men working in fields and the elite class ... hence my collection is a mesh where both these kinds of fashion are interwoven,' Tahiliani explained.
The designer's palette contained colours like creamy latte, pale pistachio and hot pink.
The collection offered linen tunics, dhoti peg skirts, voluminous jackets, smocked tops with sheer backs teamed with draped salwar pants, long kaftans, tunics, Jodhpur pants and evening gowns with permanent pleating and smocking in fabrics like silk, chiffon, muslin, linen and georgette.
The collection was adorned with mirror work, chikan embroidery and accessories like headgear, tribal necklaces from Kutch and beads worn by African tribes.