India International Jewelry Week - A Celebrity Round-Up of Day 1

Ranjit Rodricks , 01 Aug 2011
Sonam Kappor and Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai inaugurate IIJW 2011
Sonam Kappor and Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai inaugurate IIJW 2011

Sonam Kapoor bedecked in jewels by Amrapali
Sonam Kapoor bedecked in jewels by Amrapali

The second edition of the India International Jewelry Week (IIJW) by the Gem & Jewelry Promotion Council of India kicked-off to a grand start on Sunday afternoon as the Minister of Tourism – Subodh Kant Sahai and Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor lit the ceremonial lamp. The IIJW is being held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Mumbai where Ranjit Rodricks and Riddhima Sinha from MissMalini’s team are camping out for the next five days, bringing you all the action and gossip from the shows!

Riya Sen walks the ramp for the BETI show
Riya Sen walks the ramp for the BETI show
Soha Ali Khan walks the ramp for the BETI show
Soha Ali Khan walks the ramp for the BETI show

The first show of the day by Gitanjali Jewels was to support the cause of BETI, an NGO started by Anu Ranjan (of India Television Academy)  to promote the cause of the girl child. A number of celebrities walked the ramp for this show with their daughters/mothers/sisters, wearing jewelry designed by Queenie Singh. The clothes were designed by Pria Kataria Puri and Neeta Lulla.

Singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthy in a Pria Kataria Puri outfit with her daughter
Singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthy in a Pria Kataria Puri outfit with her daughter
Actor Rohit Roy walks with his daughter for the BETI show
Actor Rohit Roy walks with his daughter for the BETI show
Miss India Kanishtha Dhankar (right) walks with her sister for the BETI show
Miss India Kanishtha Dhankar (right) walks with her sister for the BETI show
Soha wears a Neeta Lulla saree
Soha wears a Pria Kataria Puri saree

While Soha Ali Khan and Riya Sen were supposed to walk with their famous mothers (Sharmila Tagore and Moonmoon Sen, respectively), it was actress Bipasha Basu who took to the ramp (in a Neeta Lulla saree) with her mother, Mamata. Apparently, this was the first time Mrs. Basu has made an appearance on the ramp.

Singer Raageshwari, Mamata Basu, Bipasha Basu and musician Trilok Loomba
Singer Raageshwari, Mamata Basu, Bipasha Basu and musician Trilok Loomba
Bipasha and Mamata Basu
Bipasha and Mamata Basu

The second show of the day – Eekani Jewels – had actress Nargis Bagheri walk the ramp as the show-stopper. There was slight confusion over her name as the compere mistakenly referred to her as Nargis Fakhri. But the latter was in New York and tweeted MissMalini about the goof-up.

Nargis Bagheri at the Eekani show
Nargis Bagheri at the Eekani show
Nargis Bagheri at the Eekani show
Nargis Bagheri at the Eekani show
Nargis Bagheri at the Eekani show
Nargis Bagheri at the Eekani show
A model played the harp as models walked the ramp at the Eekani show
A model played the harp as models walked the ramp at the Eekani show
Models at the Eekani show
Models at the Eekani show
Models wear jewelry by Eekani
Models wear jewelry by Eekani

The third show of the day was by jewelry designer Monika Kapoor. It was choreographed by the inimitable Achla Sachdev and had actor Manish Goel walk the ramp as the show-stopper. Manish looked dapper in a black suit and he was the only male show-stopper for the day.

Manish Goel before the show
Manish Goel before the show
Manish Goel on the ramp
Manish Goel on the ramp
Model in outfit by Asif Merchant and Monika Kapoor jewelry
Model in outfit by Asif Merchant and Monika Kapoor jewelry
Monika Kapoor jewelry
Monika Kapoor jewelry

Sangam Chains, which was the fourth show of the day, had actress Geeta Basra walk the ramp. Decked out in a heavy velvet outfit by Arati Gupta, the actress was bedecked with equally heavy gold jewelry. Bling it on, girl!

Geeta Basra (extreme right) walks for Sangam Chains
Geeta Basra (extreme right) walks for Sangam Chains
Geeta Basra backstage after the show
Geeta Basra backstage after the show
A model walks the ramp for Sangam Chains
A model walks the ramp for Sangam Chains
Model Shruti Aggarwal wears jewelry by Sangam Chains
Model Shruti Aggarwal wears jewelry by Sangam Chains

The Amrapali show was also the most awaited. Actress Kangana Ranaut was their show-stopper and looked resplendent in uncut diamond jadau jewelry with Rajasthani accents. The clothes for the show were designed by Masaba Gupta.

Kangana Ranaut in Amrapali jewelry
Kangana Ranaut in Amrapali jewelry
Candace Pinto poses exclusively for MissMalini backstage in Amrapali jewels
Candace Pinto poses exclusively for MissMalini backstage in Amrapali jewels
Models on the ramp in Amrapali jewels
Models on the ramp in Amrapali jewels
Models on the ramp in Amrapali jewels
Models on the ramp in Amrapali jewels
Masaba Gupta
Masaba Gupta

The show by Gehna Jewelers had model Angela Johnson walk the ramp as the show-stopper. Veteran designer James Ferreira designed clothes for this show and had Angela walk in a white wedding dress. “I have kept it simple because her beauty is so luminous and shines through,” says James.

Angela Johnson in a James Ferreira Bridal dress
Angela Johnson in a James Ferreira Bridal dress
Angela Johnson in a James Ferreira Bridal dress
Angela Johnson in a James Ferreira Bridal dress
Angela Johnson for Gehna Jewelers
Angela Johnson for Gehna Jewelers
Angela Johnson backstage
Angela Johnson backstage
Choreographer Achla Sachdev with James Ferreira
Choreographer Achla Sachdev with James Ferreira

And here is a pictorial round-up of a few other celebrities who were spotted on the first day of the IIJW shows.

Actor Rohit Roy
Actor Rohit Roy
Anu Ranjan of the Indian Television Academy and Founder of BETI
Anu Ranjan of the Indian Television Academy and Founder of BETI
Designer Pria Kataria Puri
Designer Pria Kataria Puri
Singer Ila Arun came for the Amrapali show
Singer Ila Arun came for the Amrapali show

All photos: Ranjit Rodricks for MissMalini Videos: Riddhima Sinha for MissMalini Special thanks to: Achla Sachdev

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