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Shabash: Lakmé Fashion Week Edition.

Here, in amchi Mumbai, we're all quite accustomed to seeing Bollywood celebs hit the catwalk in couture for desi designers. Just recently at Lakmé Fashion Week, we spotted Genelia and Tusshar, and SRK for Manish Malhotra, Mughda and Kangana for Narendra Kumar, and Akshay for Tarun Tahiliani, among many, many others. Numerous Bollywood stars were on hand to walk the "Mai Mumbai" show. The distinction here, is that this special show was a collaboration between supermodel Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief initiative and Vikram Chatwal Hotels to raise funds and awareness for victims of the 11/26 Attacks. Say what you might about Naomi, at least she is using her fame in a positive and constructive manner to assist this cause.

"Mai Mumbai" was by and far the highlight of LFW in my mind. The show was a moving display of solidarity with the victims of 11/26 and included 27 top Indian designers as well as 21 international designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Loius Vuitton, Versace, YSL and Manolo Blahnik. The designs worn by the celebrities, including Naomi herself, were later auctioned off to raise funds to support the Citizens for Justice and Peace charitable organization, which Mid-Day reports, was "established to promote communal harmony and friendship between the people of India and to fund much needed ambulance services, trauma centers and community hospitals." I think a massive "shabash!" is well deserved by the organizers, celebrities, and designers who participated in the event and used their celebrity status to uplift a most worthy cause. Bollywood models included Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Malaika Arora Khan, Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jessia, Kunal Kapoor, and Rahul Khanna.

Naomi Campbell in Sabyasachi and Vikram Chatwal at a "Mai Mumbai" press meet.
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Deepika Padukone in Carolina Herrera.
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Malaika Arora in Versace Resort 2009.
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Naomi Campbell in Sabyasachi.
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The Sabyasachi sari was draped a little too high on Naomi, but the better to get a peek at those Manolos, na?
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Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jessia in Rohit Bal.
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