Offbeat stunners: Fashion show gets off to a slow start, but soon has crowds roaring their approval

When Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 started on Friday, there were quite a few murmurs about the lack of celebrities both off and on the runway.

By Day Three, the whispers were lost in the raucous applause evoked by the unconventional showstoppers selected by various designers.

When Kingfisher scion Sidhartha Mallya made his runway debut in a sharply tailored black tuxedo by designer Komal Sood on Day Two, the audience was visibly impressed. Not only was he a big hit, thanks to the stylish Sidhartha, the otherwise dull LFW got its much-deserved moment of glamour.

Amy Jackson (left) walked the ramp in a black and maroon sari for celebrity stylist-turned-designer Pernia Qureshi; Shaina NC (right) was the showstopper for Shruti Sancheti
Amy Jackson (left) walked the ramp in a black and maroon sari for celebrity stylist-turned-designer Pernia Qureshi; Shaina NC (right) was the showstopper for Shruti Sancheti

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Amy Jackson was the next breath-stealing showstopper as she sashayed down the ramp for celebrity stylist-turneddesigner Pernia Qureshi. Looking stunning in a black and maroon sari, Amy did full justice to the designer's trendy and edgy clothing line.

Day Three had equally pleasant surprises on offer, with Indo-western and traditional designs as the flavour of the day. TV host Mini Mathur was the showstopper for designer Payal Kapoor.

As she made her way down the runway in an embroidered red lehenga, inspired by the weavers of Benaras, it was certain that the runway need no longer be the bastion of Bollywood Alisters. A point further driven home by fashion designerturned- politician Shaina NC, who looked completely at ease returning to her erstwhile stronghold.

She was the showstopper for designer Shruti Sancheti, whose collection was defined by deep tones and tie-and-dye styles.