A new chapter from India’s regal past was unfolded when Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty walked the ramp of 2015 edition of Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) here on Saturday for designer-duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula with hues of gold and ivory painting a story of opulence and elegance.
The actress, who exuded elegance and grace as she slipped into a heavily embroidered gold lehenga-choli, was filled with pride at walking for the designers for the first time.
“There couldn’t have been a better opportunity for me to introduce to the world how I look in their clothes. This is the first time I am walking the ramp as a show-stopper for them. I really appreciate the duo’s workmanship and designs as they are very talented,” Shilpa told reporters after the show.
Through their collection “Maharadjah & Co.”, the designers tried to narrate interactions of Indian royals with the western culture and its influences. And that was the reason behind models sashaying down the ramp on old English music and Indian instrumental pieces.
Rimple and Harpreet also had a photographer clicking photographs of the models, hinting of the era when professional photographers were called to India to take portraits of royal families.
Rimple, who found a “perfect muse” in the “Dhadkan” actress, noted that they tried to bring forward a part of the history with the show on the fourth day of the five-day fashion gala.
“Our inspiration has been from yesteryears. When you talk about maharajas, there is so much to explore. The theme of the show was how those maharajas used to get their portraits done,” Rimple said.
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The “Life In A… Metro” actress, known for her svelte figure, was also floored by the concept.
“I just fell in love with the concept of the show, which was very new. The bygone era didn’t had the option of selfies, but they commissioned people to come down and take their photographs,” said Shilpa, who is married to businessman Raj Kundra.
Tempered in hues of ivory and beige, burnished golds and velveteen ruby, the range had gold karigari, hand-crafted embroidery and crystals embedded on the silhouettes of crapes, robes, sheer billowy jackets, regal cloaks and lehengas.
While appreciating her outfit, Shilpa also noted that the ensemble “weighs more than her” but she has no complaints about it.
She said: “Glamour comes with some amount of weight. The outfit is beautiful, classy and subtle. The gold karigari is the USP of it.”
After garnering compliments for her fitness at the fashion gala, the actress, who is a yoga enthusiast, said she is releasing a book to attain healthy lifestyle and “everyone should read it to stay fit. It is very easy”.