Bollywood actress Dia Mirza was the show stopper, resplendent in a red lehenga choli. The choli was made of velvet, was plain and had a structured silhouette, but it made up for its lack of embellishment with a low-cut back with tie-up detailing. The lehenga was richly embroidered in gold from the waist to the floor-sweeping hem. A sheer net dupatta gave the opulent lehenga company with its heavy gold-embroidered border. Heavy jhumkas, a collared raani haar and a kada accessorized the ensemble. The former beauty queen’s dark tresses were curled and swept back only on the crown. She wore nude shades on her lips and eyes but made up for it with heavy eye makeup, the latter emphasized when this runway veteran cast her gaze shyly to the floor as any bride would.

The final day of the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 203 in Mumbai, India on August 27 was breath-taking, to say the least. The lights lit up one by one as designer duo Shyamal & Bhumika presented their collection – A Royal Procession – which totally lived up to its name. The collection comprised of lehenga cholis in contemporary cuts and lines, sarees and jackets for women while the men’s line also had plenty going for it with a range of sherwanis, jackets and other traditional attire. Inspired by 16th century royalty in India, the clothes featured plenty of Rajput and Mughal elements which were obvious to the trained eye. Many of the outfits on the runway boasted rich reds with vivid and sweeping embroidery. Blue was also used for several outfits, the two primary colors forming equally perfect backdrops for subtle as well as extraordinary embellishments. Other shades that played a prominent role in the collection included gold, beige, green and several hues of red.


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