Radhika Apte played muse to Kolkata-based designer Saroj Jalan, at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016 and she looked no less than a bride in a red lehenga teamed up with a maang tikka. Jalan showcased 13 exquisite garments at the LFW on Sunday, the finale of fashion week.
Muse Radhika was dressed as a conventional Indian bride, but everything else about her was unconventional- her blazing confidence, immense sense of couture comfort and stunningly simple make-up.
“The conventional idea of beauty does not interest me much. Rather something unconventional yet elegant that brings out the best in you, would attract me more. I like Saroj Jalan’s work because each embroidery style has its own history and a story of development which makes every garment different and unique than the other,” said the actress.
Radhika, however added that she was scared walking the runway.
“I am scared . Hope it goes really well,” the actress said before the show .
The collection, titled ‘Gulzar’, incorporated the mystic beauty of Mother Nature in a vivacious spectrum of colours.
The range was inspired by the poem,’Sakalban’, penned by the great Sufi poet Amir Khusro.
Talking about the range and the showstopper dress, Jalan said: “Radhika’s garment is a Zardozi embellished lehenga in red, which is every bride’s favourite colour. The entire lehenga is done with an array of hand stitches and embroidery with a lot of floral motifs and dancing peacocks used in the garment.”
“The garment is very light and easy to handle, almost weightless, keeping in mind the ease and comfort the bride of today would require on her D-Day. The work and fabric (velvet)reflect royalty, poise and vibrance which enhance the beauty of the bride and helps in making her the cynosure of all eyes on her special day,” she said.
The designer is well-known for her 18-20 inch, elaborate borders and the 5-metre ghera that she incorporates in a bridal outfit.
Jalan also showcased her debut menswear couture line at the fashion week.