By Kushagra Das


The Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019, in association with Liva witnessed a coalescence of heritage and modernity, on March 16, for the Grand Finale.

Diana Penty opening the grand finale.

We are still recovering from the breathtaking show that the #LMIFWAW19 showcased. Twenty one designers and 21 renditions of the six yards. Can it get any better?

It was none other than the very elegant Diana Penty, who we saw gliding down the runway to open the show in a classic black and gold polka dot sari that was apparently borrowed from her mom’s closet.

The grand finale saw a lot of experiment and creativity with the Sari as the theme was interpreting the classic six yards. Every designer showed his unique sense of aesthetic that the silhouettes and draping style changed so frequently and effortlessly.

Tarun Tahiliani’s gorgeous rendition of the Sari
Sari can’t be sexy? Ask Wendell Rodricks
Gaurav Gupta – The classic GG cord play had us slack jawed
The black and gold theme of Amit Agarwal was absolutely alluring

Saris and its myriad interpretations came from the country’s most ingenious designers including Akaaro, Alpana & Neeraj, Amit Aggarwal, Anamika Khanna, Anavila, Anita Dongre, Bodice, Gaurav Gupta, Little Shilpa, Neeru Kumar, Pankaj & Nidhi, Payal Khandwala, Prashant Verma, Raw Mango, Rimzim Dadu, Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, TAANI by Tanira Sethi, Tarun Tahiliani, Urvashi Kaur and Wendell Rodricks.

Rimzim Dadu
Little Shilpa showcased this distinct rendition of the Sari
Rohit Bal

Finally, it was the gorgeous Aditi Rao Hydari who closed the show in her black and gold Sari.

Aditi Rao Hydari closing the show in this beautiful black and gold number.

The event was preceded by a nationwide social media campaign celebrating six yards of magic. For some, the sari is #sixyardsoflife; for others, its #sixyardsofhistory, #sixyardsofinheritance, #sixyardsofdrama, #sixyardsofselfexpression, #sixyardsofmagic or even #sixyardsofmischief. The FDCI’s #sixyardsof campaign invited women across India to post their pictures in their beloved saris on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and tagged them with the emotion evoked by the draped wonder.

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