DOHA: Bollywood superstar Kareena Kapoor Khan is set to light up the runway at the Bollywood Fashion Show tonight at Mondrian Doha as she takes the ramp wearing a Vikram Phadnis Indian Lehenga.
Speaking to local media yesterday, famous celebrity designer Vikram Phadnis could not hide his excitement of having the actress appear at the finale of the show in his Doha debut as he recalled their long working relationship which he said dates back prior to Kareena’s rise to stardom.
“I’m excited because I’ve worked with her in the film Ajnabee and known her even before she became an actress. Kareena is somebody who sets the runway on fire. I’ve done so many shows with her and she’s one of the easiest to work with in the industry,” he said.
Vikram will be one of the six designers who will feature at tonight’s fashion show which serves as a highlight of Shop Qatar organized by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA
). He will be closing the show with 25 of his latest creations including Kareena’s outfit set to be different from the rest.
“Tomorrow, her outfit will be completely different from the other 25 outfits; it’s a typical Indian Lehenga. Her styling, the way we will present her in the runway will be completely different from what people will see with the other 25,” explained Vikram who described the show as ‘dramatic.’
Marking his 27th year in the fashion industry, he said the collection which people will see on the ramp tonight will be a first for the brand, a departure from what he usually does which are typical Indian clothes.
He was thankful to QTA
for offering him and the other designers a platform to foray in Doha, a new destination for his creations.
“I’m looking forward to interacting with the crowd tomorrow. It’s an exciting feeling because tomorrow a new side of the world will see our collections,” he said.
More than 100 designs will be showcased tonight by well-known Indian designers including Archana Kochhar, Nida Mahmood, Saaj by Ankita, Pallavi Jaipur, Mandira Wirk and Vikram.
Ankita Chaudhry will be presenting 10 to 12 outfits from her ‘Azalea’ collection which she said represents ‘a global well-travelled woman.’ The collection is inspired by Indian culture, particularly Indian arts and crafts using Indian hues.
“It is not a very traditional typical Indian wear. It has a touch of the modern Indian woman in it. It has newer silhouette, the kind that everybody in the world can also relate to. The sarees that we do are not very typical sarees that anybody in the world like here in Qatar can wear as well,” she said, citing the proximity of Indian culture to Qatari culture when it comes to fashion.
“I think it is something which can easily be fused to Qatari fashion because Indian and Qatari cultures traditionally have certain similarities and lots of overlaps in them such as the usage of colours and extravagance and richness of things,” she explained.
The fashion show starts at 7pm with red carpet at 6pm.
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