As part of the ongoing multi-city fashion tour, designer Neeta Lulla will be presenting an all-black cocktail and festive wear line with gold and pearl work. The collection, titled The Dark Side, will showcase the sensuous side to a woman and Neeta has selected not one, but 11 women as her showstoppers. “I wanted to choose women who are successful in their various fields so from actors to chocolatiers, beauty queens and producers — they’re all walking for me. The collection is an ode to a complete woman whether she is a career woman, a mother or a housewife,” explains Neeta. The runway list includes actor Celina Jaitley, TV actor Deepshikha, producer Krishika Lulla, South actor Revathi, designer Nishka Lulla, chocolatier Zeba Kohli, Miss Universe contestant Shilpa Singh, nutritionist Pooja Makhija, South actor Trisha, blogger Miss Malini and CEO of a production company Swati Shetty.
Talking about going for an all-black line, the designer explains, “I’ve done black with kalamkari work with hints of colours like burgundy, green and maroon. Black is definitely a more modern approach to the festive season and a number of women flaunt it even at weddings today. Overall, I wanted a very edgy look and feel.” Having been in the business for many years, Neeta has continued to keep her designs modern and fresh. “Teaching fashion for the past 25 years has helped and I do try to constantly keep abreast with what’s going on,” she says, adding that she she would soon like to venture into lifestyle product lines as well.
The designer has contemplated writing a book but says she doesn’t know where to start. “Just writing about my work in Devdas and Jodhaa Akbar will be enough to fill one book each. But I will eventually get around to writing...,” she adds. As for her current projects, Neeta says, “Right now I’m busy with bridal season. I’m also working on two films — Rajnikanth’s Kochadaiyaan as well as another big project in the South. The latter is very technically different and requires a completely different treatment to a film.”