India’s leading fashion trade event, currently in its 15th year and 23rd season, once again brings together the best of the best in the field. The BeBEAUTIFUL team was present right in the midst of all the excitement last night at the fashion show’s new address—the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai, to catch the official LFW unveiling as they revealed the final list of the 86 participating designers! Read the highlights that most caught our eye.
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It was a double-whammy affair when we found out that Masaba Gupta and Amit Aggarwal will be presenting the opening show. The show will mark both the coveted designers' debut on the opening stage and it will also be the first time the two maestros will be coming together. We already can’t wait to witness this fabulous collaboration.

Pictured here: The talented and ever so quirky Masaba Gupta

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Announcing the Lakmé Bridal Absolute Dream Team: Manish Malhotra and Cory Walia! Trousseau couturier (and every bride’s dream designer) Manish Malhotra’s collection this season is inspired by Lakmé Absolute Gloss. The designer will stay true to his dramatic Bollywood roots (with show stopper Kareena Kapoor as his muse), which will reflect rich, glossy colours in an opulent style. Along with ace makeup artist Cory Walia—the bridal dream team is set to showcase the biggest bridal trends for the season. Speaking at the launch, Purnima Lamba, Head of Innovation at Lakmé said, “Lakmé always takes centre-stage in every bride’s trousseau and this year we bring her something special in the Lakmé Absolute Bridal Dream Team.  A chance for every bride to be styled by Lakmé in collaboration with Manish Malhotra – the Lakmé grand finale designer and Cory Walia – Lakmé’s makeup maestro.”

Pictured here: The man of the hour, Manish Malhotra

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Season after season, Lakmé Fashion Week pays tribute to the rich heritage of Indian hand-woven luxury. Designers like Krishna Mehta, Vaishali S, Anavila Misra, Soumitra Mondal, Pratima Pandey, and Shruti Sancheti among others will present India’s rare and finest concepts. This year, the Indian Handloom and Textile day will end with a stylish showcase of contemporary hand-woven Indian weaves by Sanjay Garg for his label Raw Mango.

Pictured here: Designer Anavila Misra with Konkona Sen Sharma

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This season, we’ll be keeping our eye out for some of India’s most celebrated designers: Manish Malhotra, Anju Modi, Varun Bahl, Payal Singhal, Vikram Phadnis, Shantanu and Nikhil Arjun Khanna, Anita Dongre and Rocky S—not to mention the 10 Gen Next designers that will be debuting this year.

Pictured here: Payal Singhal with muse Shibani Dandekar.

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International fashion in India: This season of LFW will see the launch of international high street fashion brands - River Island and Miss Selfridge. River Island which was recently made available on Jabong.com will now showcase its Autumn/Winter collection on the LFW ramp.  Also, through an exclusive showcase on the Jabong Stage, Miss Selfridge will unveil its collection in India.

Pictured here: Neha Agarwal with her muse—Shriya Saran.

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Saket Dhankar, Head-Fashion at IMG Reliance said, “As pioneers of fashion week in India, Lakmé Fashion Week continues to define the future of fashion in India. With our Gen Next program and the Emerging Designer program, we are at the forefront of discovering and encouraging young exciting designers. Lakmé Fashion Week continues to be global in its outlook and we are excited to host four exceptional designers from Pakistan. Let’s celebrate the best of Indian fashion at Lakmé Fashion Week from August 20-24.”

Pictured here: Sonam and Paras Modi with Gauhar Khan.