Mumbai: Lots of colour along with four dozen models of different ages and sizes on the ramp. That is how the third day of the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 ended as Sabyasachi Mukherjee presented men, women and children on the ramp, with his muse Vidya Balan cheering in the front row along with actress Sridevi.

Both Vidya and Sridevi looked ravishing in saris. While Vidya was wearing an off-white saree with a black border and peach pink blouse, Sridevi was dressed in a green sari with golden border and red blouse.

"Sabyasachi never ceases to amaze. He is someone who always manages to better himself. It was a fantastic collection and regular clothes were used so beautifully. He is truly an Indian designer because he uses Indian designs and fabrics for all his collections," Vidya Balan told reporters after the show.

Presenting styles favoured by girls in Patiala, Sabyasachi added touches of Kathak and Kathakali for the silhouettes and the music and presentation.

Using khadi, organza, net, silk and velvet and beautiful thread work from Kashmir with Zardozi in shimmering silver with floral designs but restrained bling, the show was an experience of ethnic fashion.

Sridevi, who was enthralled with the collection, said, "It was a fantastic collection. I loved every design."

"I have dedicated this collection to the Indian people," Sabyasachi said.

Fusion of Eastern European art

Oneness of the world - that's the idea behind designer Pallavi Goenka's latest collection, Meler, that was showcased at the Fashion Week (LFW) and blends Eastern European art with Euro-Asian essence.

The designer, who made her debut at the fashion extravaganza says her collection is a confluence of art and fabric from around the world.

"My collection is called Meler, which means blend in French. The whole concept is to bring together various countries through their fabrics and designs," Goenka told reportes.

Goenka's collection featured layered shift dresses, cowl drape dresses, multi-panelled jackets, and high-waist cowl pants made in fabrics like georgette, silk voil, textured kota, Egyptian silk, shot silk and silk satin. The colour palette was dominated by bright red, indigo, sunshine orange, ochre, beige and clay red.

She used Japanese and Chinese prints, but said the silhouettes were what stand out.

The designer had a celebrity showstopper in singer Raageshwari, who not only strutted down the ramp in her creation but also crooned a song.

Raageshwari wore an Egyptian-inspired costume that included colourful harem pants with a reddish orange jacket and a head band for her walk down the LFW ramp.


Hema, Esha add glamour

Bollywood actresses Hema Malini and Esha Deol raised the mercury on when the mother-daughter duo strutted down the ramp in creations designed by Shyamal and Bhumika.

While Hema was wearing a maroon saree with part velvet, part brocade layers, daughter Esha sported a highly-embellished lehenga choli of the same colour.

"I have never worn such a lovely saree. It looks like Kanjivaram but it's lighter with hand woven brocade work. The idea was to canvas the golden era," Hema, 62, told reporters after the show.

The collection was inspired by the age-old Jamaas, Chogaas, Peshwas, Achkans and Kaidar Lehengas of the 17th century. The lines include some streamline sherwanee jackets teamed with gorgeous skirts sensuous cholas worn over avant grade Kalidaar lehengaas, floor sweeping Anarkalees, elongated yokes and kurtees.

Jewel-toned colours like ruby wine, sunlight cream, nile blue, honey gold, aurora red, burnt orange, pale gold, lilac rose, peacock green were predominant in the collection.