Mumbai: Designer Anita Dongre showcased an exquisite collection at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2011 on Thursday that featured embroidery by the women of NGO Mijwan run by actress Shabana Azmi.

Model-turned actress Lisa Haydon walked the ramp for the collection.

"This is a festive collection on Rajasthani design, which has been embroidered by the rural craftswoman of Mijwan society," Dongre told reporters after the show.

The Mijwan Welfare Society was founded by Shabana's father and renowned poet, the late Kaifi Azmi, in his home district of Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) in 1993.

The festive ethnic wear on display included sarees, lehngas, jackets and elegant salwar kameez suits. Soaked in dyed colours of distinctive Rajasthani fabrics, the garments were complemented with skillfully handwoven brocades from Varanasi, specially the Ikats and velvets.

The delicate gold thread work and the intricate gota patti work were fused with traditional and metallic patterns, which sets the right sparkles for festive season.

Anita also showcased some ravishing evening gowns with more sensuous, classy and truly timeless silhouettes.

"Be it lehenga or the evening gown, the whole look and feel of the collection is extremely feminine and chic, designed for modern Indian woman, who has a global outlook but an Indian perspective," she said.

‘Fly me to the moon'

It was a rocking end to the second day of the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 as Narendra Kumar's show opened to a live singing trio, which made the audience sway to the foot-tapping music of Frank Sinatra as the collection was inspired by the American singer's chart topper "Fly me to the moon".

"Men should have all the fun. Today men have money and style and they like dressing up. So this collection is for them," Narendra Kumar told reporters after the show.

Actor Kabir Bedi was the showstopper for the show. He looked handsome in a white brocade tuxedo and mandarin collar pleated shirt as he strutted with utter confidence down the ramp to thunderous applause.

Bespoke suits had the tuxedo at the centre, with black tie chic heading the list. The collection revolved around rich shades of deep sapphire, wine, green, pale pink, midnight blue, neutrals and black.

Fabrics that the designer opted for were silks, velvet and brocades. These were teamed with Indian crafts comprising hand and machine embroidery, quilting, appliques and motifs from the Art Deco and Nouveau periods that appeared on the sleeves fronts and body of the jackets.

The silhouettes were lean as single and double-breasted jackets, with broad, narrow, peak and notched lapels made eye-catching entries.

The tuxedo lapels inspired by Japanese kimonos, moved to draped and cut away collar jackets ending with the cool smoking jacket.

Double and single breasted one and two button jackets looked great with an assortment of shawl, roll, collars some piped and with contrasting fabrics to highlight them.

Shirts were as stylish with mandarin collars or bows for stand up shirt collars and detailing like pin tucks and tiny pleats giving them a vintage touch.

Nachiket Barve brings the 'Golden Hour'

Designer Nachiket Barve's collection "The Golden Hour" transformed the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) ramp into the period just after dusk before the night claims the sky. The beautiful garments showcased by models bore colours that set the sky ablaze during this spectacle.

"My collection is called the Golden Hour. When you see the theme of speed and you see the sky at the time just when the sun is set and just before its rising, its like a kaleidoscope of colour and its rapidly changing, every second. It's a show that nature puts on for us. So translating speed in that essence was the way I chose to put it," Nachiket told reporters here.

The line that brought a riot of colours to the ramp brought forward silhouettes that were ethnic with a sense of the contemporary context. It included kurtas, kaftan gowns, draped dresses, saris and skirts in a colour palette that included burgundy, plum, pink, gold, crimson, black and scarlet. Fabrics like chiffon, georgette, crepe, silk and tussar were used.

Nachiket's collection that was sponsored by logistics provider, DHL was a treat to the eyes owing to the simplicity of design and beauty of the colours used.

The show, also showcased collections by two other designers - Little Shilpa and Swapnil Shinde.

While Shilpa's collection was futuristic, Swapnil presented a line based on the speed of air waves.