Mumbai: The "Marilyn Monroe of today" was the inspiration for designer Ritu Beri's collection showcased at the 13th Lakme Fashion Week which commenced Friday. Ritu Beri and Volvo Cars joined hands to present their line, 'Icons of Luxury', with the designs inspired by the quintessential fashion icon Marilyn Monroe.

"My collection has been inspired by Marilyn Monroe, but the Marilyn Monroe of today. She is the woman who lives in every woman. She is sexy, girly and romantic and so is my collection. The collection recreates the romance of a woman," Ritu said after the show.

Everything right from the clothes to the music echoed of this legendary fashion icon.

The collection was feminine comprising of both long jackets and short shrugs, teamed with dresses, skirts and ripped jeans. Starting with the colour white, the garments were in mild pastel shades of red, pink, blue and yellow. All models sported headgear ranging from elaborate hats to caps with flowers.

The designer emphasised on the wearabliltiy of her garments showcased in the line.

"The clothes may look elaborate all together. But broken down as a single t-shirt or a jacket, they are pretty wearable. They have all been priced separately," she said.

Supermodels Jesse Randhawa and Lisa Haydon walked the ramp for the designer. The show was attended by celebrities like Kunal Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon and Pooja Bedi.

Pallavi Jaikishan goes traditional at LFW

Veteran designer Pallavi Jaikishan's collection made a grand opening at the 13th Lakme Fashion Week, with the line displaying traditional wear for women including sarees to lehengas with innovative blouses embellished with golden zari.

Her four lines; Sajala - clouds with a golden lining, Mandara - the mythical tree, Elavia - a thing of beauty and grace and Ayiana - the eternal bloom, had four different colour palates ranging from golden, green, bright red and rose pink.

After being in the fashion industry for 40 years, Pallavi says that Lakme Fashion week was the ideal platform for her to celebrate this achievement.

"I want to celebrate this milestone by doing something new. Lakme Fashion Week is the ideal platform. This is also my first show here," she said after the show. Actress Neha Dhupia, who was there to support the designer, said that she loved the collection.

"There were so many different themes up there today and were all showcasing class, style and was simply wonderful," she said. Designer Anita Dongre was also present for the show.

"Pallavi is simply wonderful with her designs. I liked the first theme which had all the golden work, the best out of all three," she said.The show stood apart from the rest by the live music which was being played in the background as the models walked the ramp.


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