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Ritu Kumar at LFW: Taapsee Pannu unleashes her wild side

Last updated on: February 01, 2018 11:22 IST

The actress owns the catwalk at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018.

Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

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Veteran designer Ritu Kumar presented an off-beat collection on Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018. Hip Hop Baroque was inspired by the hip-hop music genre.

"1990s DIY punk references are juxtaposed with hip-hop style to create looks that are simultaneously retro and contemporary," Ritu Kumar told the Press Trust of India.

The designer picked actress Taapsee Pannu as the showstopper for her collection. 

Kumar said she chose the actor because of her "spunky" nature, adding, "Bollywood is one of the biggest influencers in the fashion space and the reach is unparallelled. They play an important role in taking Indian textiles forward."

Check out the highlights of the collection...

FULL COVERAGE: Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

Ritu Kumar's Hip Hop Baroque was a blend of street couture and rap culture.

 

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

The designer was inspired by the rebellious spirit of past subcultures.
 

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

But she re-contextualized her designs to make them feel fresh and original.

 

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

The color palette was a study of contrasts...

 

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

... Blacks, blues, and metallics interspersed with ecru, baby pink and ochre.

 

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

The collection mixed prints and introduced new-age textiles like shimmer jersey, Lurex georgette and handloom sequins.

 

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

Actor Taapsee Pannu captured the essence of the collection.

 

Taapsee pannu Ritu Kumar Lakme Fashion Week

'We are excited to have Taapsee Pannu walk for our show,' Ritu Kumar's son Amrish Kumar (right), CEO of the designer's company, said. 'Taapsee is known for her spunk and joie de vivre and this collection is a perfect fit to her style. She is looked up to as a fashion and fitness icon by a huge audience and the youth who are also the consumers of the brand.'

 

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Hitesh Harisinghani in Mumbai