Mumbai: Three giant wooden frames hung from the ceiling edged with hundreds of bulbs, a long glass ramp gleamed under the lights, the stage framed in ornate silver with long sheer curtains and a strong Bollywood presence - designer Manish Malhotra left no stone unturned to end the Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 with glitz, glamour and glitterati.

The grand finale show, which was inspired by Lakme's new Absolute make-up line, displayed garments that were glamorous and sophisticated, with a soul that was Indian.

It saw an impressive line-up of stars gracing the first row, including Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan, Karan Johar, Karisma Kapoor, Amrita Arora, Shabana Azmi and Katrina Kaif.

Kareena Kapoor was the showstopper for the show, and sashayed down the ramp in a white layered lace, silk, net gown with a shimmer.

"I loved walking the ramp because I'm wearing an amazing outfit and the show is Manish's, who’s like family to me. So I was more than happy and confident. Manish is one of the best designers that we have. He has an amazing understanding of style. His sense of colour is so brilliant. He is truly a great talent," Kareena told reporters here.

Manish was too excited to have Kareena as his showstopper for the grand finale collection.

"Kareena is like a younger sister to me, so it was great having her as the showstopper for this show. Although she is an actor and has no experience of modeling but she walks the ramp like an expert. She is a timeless beauty, ethereal, modern and classic," he said.

Karan, Imran, Katrina, Karisma - all shook a leg to bring the event to a grand end.

"It was a fantastic show and I danced in the end because this show is very special to me. My best friend was showcasing his collection and my sister was walking the ramp, so I was very happy," Karisma said.

As far as the collection was concerned, the line showcased Indian and western creations comprising swirling panelled lehengas, cholis, saris and gowns. Silver and resham embroidery covered the ensembles.

Fabrics like lace, chiffon, silk, net, velvet in primary shades of white and candy floss pink were teamed with black, wine, gold, pale grey, metallics and cherry red were used for the line.

Men's wear was formal with sherwanis, some with wide cuffs, long smock coats at times pleated or gathered - were at others times lean and layered over kurtas. The colour story was masculine with black grey, white and wine with a hint of fuchsia for collars and cuffs.

Organic collection brings alive eco-theme

Designer Digvijay Singh, who works with Bhu:sattva, an organic certified fashion brand from Gujarat, presented a totally eco-friendly collection and spread the message of the importance of going green.

"This collection is 100 percent organic blend with natural fibres. It is calm and restrained. The collection defines women of today as it has beautiful sarees and drapes in blends like organic cotton, natural kora silk, natural modal and natural Indian silk chiffon," Singh told reporters here.

"The garments have very classy styling and immaculate surface ornamentation techniques of embroidery and block prints," he added.

The line that was called Geome-Trees was constructed on the basis of contemporary fusion of geometry and trees adorned by floral embroidery on sarees and drapes. The collection was an upshot of the Mughal style floral and geometrical elements with desi khatla embroidery of Gujarat.

"It's a very simple and minimalistic collection but a lot goes behind in making the collection. I would really appreciate that like this collection we promote eco-fashion in our country," Singh said.

For lovers of the environment and social responsibility, Singh's collection will be a valued addition to their wardrobe this season.

Kallol, Aneeth selected for Berlin week 

It was a big day for designers Kallo Datta and Aneeth Arora as they were short-listed by IMG, organisers of the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), to represent India with their lines at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 in Berlin in January.

The organisers shortlisted the two from a handful of apt designers, as not every designer would be able to represent India in a right manner, said Anjana Sharma, director fashion of IMG Reliance.

"It would be tough. It might be either of them or just the both you never know. It's the advisory board who guided us in making the selection. It's just to make sure that we take the correct first step," she said.

Both the designers showcased their lines together on the last day of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011, which came to an end Sunday with designer Manish Malhotra's show.
(Agencies)