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Vol.09  Issue 04/01, 31.03.2009

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Superstars walk the runway at 'Mai Mumbai'

With Naomi Campbell Fashion For Relief stealing the limelight at Lakme Fashion Week



Lakme Fashion Week, pioneers in the premium fashion and trade event in India for ten years, once again presented one of the most unique fashion events in the history of the industry in the country - 'Mai Mumbai' Fashion for Relief Charity Show at Lakme Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2009. The event was held to raise awareness and funds for Citizens for Justice and Peace, in a show of solidarity against the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

It was an evening that the fashion fraternity in India will never forget!

32 top Indian and International designers from around the world presented their creations on India's renowned celebrities at the 'Mai Mumbai' Fashion for Relief show at Lakme Fashion Week, presented by Vikram Chatwal Hotels.

The sensational Indian designer line up had Anamika Khanna, Anand Kabra, Anuj Sharma, Anupama Dayal, Arjun Khanna, JJ Vallaya, Lecoanet Hemant, Malani Ramani, Manish Malhotra, Nachiket Barve, Nandita Mahtani, Narendra Kumar, Nikasha Tawadey, Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rakesh Agarwal, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Sanchita Ajjampur, Savio Jon, Varun Bahl, Vikram Phadnis and Wendell Rodricks.

The international creators were Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, Louis Vuitton, shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Matthew Williamson, Naeem Khan, Nanette Lepore, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, Ungaro, Vera Wang, Versace, Valetin Yudashkin, YSL and Zac Posen.

The super stars that graced the catwalk to thunderous applause from the audience were the well known names of India who were dressed to perfection by the designers. Bollywood stars including Deepika Pudukone, Farhan Akhtar, Kunal Kapoor, Rahul Bose and Mallaika Arora walked the ramp. From the world of fashion, India's very own supermodel Ujjwala Raut, and the country's first supermodel Madhu Sapre took to the runaway, joined by Fashions first couple, Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jessia. Also modeling were Socialite Feroz Gujral, Jeweller Queenie Dhody and Best Selling Author Gregory David Roberts. MC for the show, heartthrob to a million girls, Rahul Khanna, also rocked on the ramp along with the one and only Ramp Queen Naomi Campbell as the shopper of the "Mai Mumbai" show. The Mai Mumbai show was directed by the acclaimed Show Director - Anu Ahuja.

The stunning creations presented on the ramp were a variety of styles and ensembles that made a dazzling impact.

The fantastic fashion event ended in a generous contribution from Hotelier Vikram Chatwal. He joined the platform for this worthy cause with the three organizing giants - Fashion For Relief, Lakme and IMG Fashion at Lakme Fashion Week. The generous contribution was handed over to Teesta Setalvad from Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) an organization founded by a group of Mumbai citizens like Alyque Padamsee, Javed Akhtar, Rahul Bose and more who among other initiatives have been working to provide relief and rehabilitation to victims of mass crimes including terrorism.


Divided into four glamorous sections the Mai Mumbai fashion extravaganza compered by actor Rahul Khanna in a Narendra Kumar creation started with the BLACK COSTUMES when super model Naomi Campbell sashayed down the Indian ramp for the first time in a Vikram Phadnis followed by Vikram Chatwal in a stylish Arjun Khanna Jodhpur jacket.





After that it was a veritable feast for the eyes as Arjun and Meher Rampal wore Rohit Bal creations, Gregory David Roberts in Arjun Khanna and Princess Francoise in Araza Morelli, Rahul Bose in Narendra Kumar, Farhan Akhtar and Kunal Kapoor in Raghuvendra Rathore, Milind Soman in Madhu Jain, Feroze Gurjal in an Emmanuel Ungaro and Ujwala Raut in an YSL creation. Top Indian models wore Raakesh Aggarvwal, Rohit Bal, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce and Gabana, Givenchy, Narendra Kumar, Badgley Mischka, Wendell Rodricks Sabyasachi, JJ Valaya and Vera Wang.


These were bright and colourful modelled by Indian ramp stars featuring the creations of Anupama Dayal, Rina Dhaka, Savio Jon, Nanette Lepore, Manish Malhotra, Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui, Nikasha Tawadey, Valentine Yudashkin, Chloe, Nachiket Barve, Diane Von Furstenburg, Ritu Kumar, Anand Kabra and Malini Ramani.

Softly delicate in their styling this section was also filled with India's top models who wore the ensembles of Dennis Basso, Roland Mouret, Isaac Mizrahi, Anuj Sharma and Gianbattista Valli.

Finally the METALLIC COSTUMES were on celebs Madhu Sapre in Donna Karan, Queenie Dhody in Zac Posen, Malliaka Arora Khan in Versace, Deepika Padukone in Carolina Herrera and the queen of the ramp Naomi Campbell glided down the runway in a Sabyasachi glittering sari. Indian models too featured in this segment in creations by Varun Bahl, Anamika Khanna, Nandita Mahtani and Mathew Williamson.

The Mumbai Limited Edition designer T-shirts created by top Indian designers and worn by the celebrities and models, revealed each couturier’s personal fashion statement with Manish Arora, Sanchita Ajjampur, Raakesh Aggarvwal, Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl, Rina Dhaka, Leconet Hemant, Savio Jon, Anamika Khanna, Ritu Kumar, Anand Kabra, Nandita Mahtani, Vikram Phadnis, Raghavendra Rathore, Nikasha Tawadey, Wendell Rodricks and Sabyasachi creating knitwear of a dazzling kind which was a fitting finale to the evening’s extravaganza.

About Lakmé
The 'No.1 and expert' in the beauty industry, Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and exceptional quality color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetics technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé offers its consumers a holistic 'Beauty Sutra' experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Beauty Salons.

About Citizens for Justice and Peace
Citizens for Justice and Peace is a Mumbai based registered non-profit organisation committed to ensuring for transparency and accountability in governance and ensuring rehabilitation to victims of mass crimes.



See also : 'MAI MUMBAI' - Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief Charity Fashion Show


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