`Paparazzi` with Umrao Jaan, Lady Gaga at Lakme Fashion Week

Mumbai: The first day of the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2011 brought to the table an eclectic mix of paparazzi culture and a unification of Umrao Jaan and Lady Gaga at a dual show presented by designers Jatin Varma and Payal Singhal on Wednesday.

The first segment of the show saw models walking down the ramp in Varma`s collection called "Paparazzi", inspired by the glamour and buzz of red carpet events.

"My collection was `Paparazzi`, a red carpet collection meant to bring lots of glamour on the ramp which gives a treat to the paparazzi all over. When I am doing red carpet, I have to keep in mind that lots of glamour is involved in it so I used lots of silk chiffons, acetates to bring it out," Varma told reporters after the show.

The line included floor hugging gowns, edgy dresses, trousers, skirts and tops. It was embellished with both structured, fitted pieces and those with element of flare in dull gold.

The second segment offered designs by Payal Singhal. Her collection, which was an amalgamation of Umrao Jaan and Lady Gaga, presented garments that boasted of a contrasting mixture of Indian costumes of bygone era and futuristic rock `n` roll world of stage dressing.

"I wanted to show old style in the modern context. It`s an endeavour to portray the elegance of Umrao Jaan in the modern pop world of stage dressing," said Singhal.

The collection comprised of flowing translucent anarkalis and lehenga`s juxtaposed with structured silhouettes in tulle, brocade and new-age fabrics in metallics, pal blues, cream and blush rose ensconced in filigree, resham and zardosi.

The show also had celeb glamour attached to it with the presence of actress Karisma Kapoor, who was one of the first row attendees.


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