Danseuse Hema Malini Rocks Neeta Lulla's Lakmé Fashion Week Show With a Ballet

Ranjit Rodricks , 08 Aug 2012
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection

Designer Neeta Lulla’s shows are always a must-see and at Lakmé Fashion Week, she pulled in a full-house where many people were left standing in the aisles as well.

Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection

Her newest range of bridal wear is inspired by the symbol of divine feminine energy in Hindu mythology, Radha. Throughout mythology, Radha has been a symbol of eternal love, passion, grace, feminity and beauty. It is this feminity and grace that Neeta’s new festive collection brings to life.

The show began with a spectacular dance performance by Dream Girl, Hema Malini, who essayed the role of Radha and danced with her Krishna. Cheering her on from the front row were Celina Jaitly, Juhi Chawla, Shruti Hassan and even Prabhudeva.

Hema Malini performing a ballet on Radha at Neeta Lulla's show
Hema Malini performing a ballet on Radha at Neeta Lulla's show
Hema Malini performing a ballet on Radha at Neeta Lulla's show
Hema Malini performing a ballet on Radha at Neeta Lulla's show
Hema Malini performing a ballet on Radha at Neeta Lulla's show
Hema Malini performing a ballet on Radha at Neeta Lulla's show

Speaking about her collection, Neeta Lulla says, “My collection draws inspiration from Radha, the epitome of beauty, romance, elegance and feminity. The garments thus have a very pretty and ethereal look to them and the technique used along with the colours differ in every outfit like the many moods and avatars of Radha depicted by many an artist worldwide. This collection is very youthful and festive.” 

Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection
Neeta Lulla's Radha collection

Neeta adds, “I have used various fabrics and different embellishments on a variety of silhouettes that I have come across during my research for this collection creating a line that is contemporary, colourful and yet simplistic. This festive collection has been designed keeping in mind the needs of Indian consumer for occasion and festive wear!”

Neeta Lulla with Celina Jaitly
Neeta Lulla with Celina Jaitly

Fabrics like Banarasi jaal and Chinar butti brocades, Silk organza and Kanjivaram have been used in the collection. Inspiration for the skirts vary in a wide variety from simplistic gher ghagras of Rajasthan to pawdas of Andhra Pradesh, the 19th century crinoline inspired bonned lehengas to glamorous trumpet skirt ghagras, teamed with traditional blouses with variety of cuts are inspired from the 19th century Romantic era.

See Hema Malini’s dance and Neeta’s collection here:

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