Looking graceful in a light rich ivory brocade sari with traditional rudraksh designs embroidered all over it and a pink kajeeveram blouse, Kirron Kher Sunday walked the ramp for Gaurang Shah as the showstopper at the Lakme Fashion Week Winer-Festive 2012.
Titled Ardhagini, Gaurang's collection was based on the Pachatantra and highlighted the classic 1950s and 1960s look. He brought 23 outfits of kanjeevarams instilled with classic kalamkaris and zardozi. The colour palette was dominated by reds, pinks, oranges and yellows.
"This is the kind of sari I would wear for my son's wedding. I simply love Gaurang's collection," Kirron, 57, told reporters after the show.
Strutting down the ramp confidently, the national award winning actress waved at the audiences and even did a twirl to give a full view of her sari with old Hindi songs such as "Chalte, chalte" and "In ankhon ki masti" playing in the background.
It was not the usual catwalk and Kirron said: "You can take me out of the movies, but you can't take the movies out of me."
Guarang's show was followed by designer Shruti Sancheti's and displayed her Thar collection on the ramp. She depicted the rough life led by the tribal women through her collection in bright colours like fuchsia pink, yellow, saffron orange and emerald green.
"I have covered Thar, which includes parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Pakistan. It talks about tribal people who live in harsh realities but are still full of joy. It's about their dance, folk and I used their music as well," she said.
The collections had a mix and match quality - saris were worn with Jodhpuri pants, cowl trousers, ijjars or churidars. Shruti gave angarkhas, ghaghris, chogas, quilted jackets, kedia cholis and beautiful asymmetric maxis her distinct touch.
The look was rustically nomadic along with the unique stitch resistant technique of the Nebsarai village.
The show opened to the drum beats of the Thar region the dancer Vaishali, swirled gracefully on the stage recreating the atmosphere of the culture.
In the end, designer and politician Shaina NC walked the ramp as the showstopper in a beautiful fuchsia printed sari with lavish work.
Shruti said that "Shaina's outfit is what a modern woman would wear there."
Said Shaina: "The collection is fabulous. I really feel that it is time we promoted our designers. This line is a tribute to India. I wish that more people from the glamorous fraternity would wear this."