Lara unveiled her second sari collection on Friday in association with Chhabra 555 and said that the new range is much more "traditional" compared to her inaugural line.

The former Miss Universe and Bollywood actress is also a mother of two-year-old Saira. The actress says that designing is her "new baby".

"I have done films for 10 years. This (designing) is something new that I have forayed into; so it's my new baby. I am excited about the response from the customers," Lara said.

The 35-year-old started designing last year when she created a whole line of saris for women who are keen to strike the right balance between traditionalism and modernity. "The second collection is far more traditional. Personally I am a big fan of Benarasi saris and many other old-age fabrics; so I wanted to make those weaves younger and contemporary. Normally, we associate Benarasi saris with our aunts and our mothers, but I wanted to give it a younger and trendy feel," she said.

"The designs are not something that we choose to wear once in a blue moon, but it is something that we want to bring out every time when there is something special," added the actress.

The collection was launched under the label "Lara Dutta - Chhabra 555" and includes outfits ranging from traditional Benarasi silks to contemporary net saris. The colour palette varies from coral, red to midnight blue, and Lara feels that Delhi's divas can do wonders to her collection with their style sense.

"I’ve always associated Delhi with style and I know women in Delhi are very good at putting together a look, especially with Indian wear. I am excited to see the response to the new, festive collection and look forward to interact with our customer base there,” said Lara.

The price of the collection ranges between Rs 10,000 and Rs 35,000.

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