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‘Shades of a Diva’ comes alive through Monisha Jaising’s gorgeous collection at Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale

Sanyukta Thakare | August, 27 2018

Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale has always been a momentous end to the 5- days of fashion and this Winter/ Festive 2018 upped the grandeur quotient by manifolds. Monisha Jaising, the Grand Finale Designer showcased her stunning collection, titled ‘Shades of a Diva’ which was named and inspired by Lakmé ’s beauty statement of the season.

The beauty statement was brought alive by the gorgeous showstopper and Lakmé Brand Ambassador, the ultimate diva, Kareena Kapoor Khan. Kareena also launched her premium makeup line, ‘Kareena Kapoor Khan by Lakmé Absolute’, which she has co-created with Lakmé this season.

And that’s not all! Adding to the grandeur of the event were the nine artists of the world’s largest entertainment group, Cirque du Soleil, featuring dancers, acro-duo, skater-duo, hula-hoop specialist and cube manipulators, who set the stage for a power-packed finale with sequences from their newest show ‘BAZZAR’. Cirque du Soleil’s ‘BAZZAR’ will arrive in India with BookMyShow for its world premiere in November.

Monisha Jaising is known for her trademark designs that emote ‘laidback glamour’ and this fit perfectly into Lakmé‘s ‘Shades of a Diva’ theme. Her creations showcased beautiful figure sculpting silhouettes with use of precious elements and colourful fabrics, in both, muted like sweet lilac and bold like peacock green, palettes. The embroidery on the designs derived inspiration from global art and complemented the ‘diva-licious’ Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale stage.

"My association with Lakmé Fashion Week goes years back and me being the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale designer this season and creating a collection inspired by Lakmé 's beauty theme - Shades of a Diva was a whole other experience! I’m ecstatic that my signature style and my design philosophy synergized perfectly with this theme. I couldn’t have of course asked for someone better to be my showstopper than Kareena who embodied the theme perfectly and the entire showcase was elevated with Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular performance. I also want to congratulate her and Lakmé on their very first ever co-created makeup range, I have tried it already and I love it!”says Monisha Jaising, Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale Designer for Winter Festive 2018.

Kareena Kapoor Khan, Lakmé Absolute Brand Ambassador says, “It’s been such a wonderful association with Lakmé from the very beginning and coming back to the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale this time was very special. I am so excited to present my first ever makeup collection ‘Kareena Kapoor Khan by Lakmé Absolute’. It’s spectacular to see how beautifully Monisha has brought alive the beauty theme of Shades of a Diva through her designs. I loved her entire collection and specially the outfit I wore.”

Talking about the spectacular Finale, Ashwath Swaminathan, Head of Innovations, Lakmé said, “Every season, our endeavor has been to introduce new beauty trends that complement and celebrate Indian women.  This season our first ever co-created makeup range ‘Kareena Kapoor Khan by Lakmé Absolute’ and our collaboration with a fabulous designer like Monisha along with Cirque du Soleil’s magnificent opening, which together brought alive our Shades of a Diva theme, made the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale truly spectacular.”

Daniel Bauer, Lakmé Make-up Expert, Lakmé, said, “Monisha’s collection along with Lakme’s new range couldn’t be a better fit. It dialed- up glam to another level. Playing with the theme of Shades of a Diva, the perfect place to bring this to live was with the makeup. Across the show I tried to create differing and accessible makeup looks using the new range; explore monochromatic tones, stunning matte eye shadows and liners; the makeup look, I feel worked seamlessly for this show. Loved every bit of it.”

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