INDIA: Malini Agarwalla - African inspired collection of accessories

MUMBAI: Inspired by the Zulu kingdom KwaZulu Natal of South Africa, accessory designer Malini Agarwalla's "KwaZulu" collection had all the vibrant colour, beauty and style of the country at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012.

The exotic bags with geometric embroidery and beadwork so typical of the African region also came alive on handbags along with coordinated accessories like jewellery.

The jewellery was opulent in size and design as collars with rectangle extensions, dangling baubles with masks painted on them; giant oval pendants, multi strands of wooden beads and a choker of two strands of gigantic beads were stunning. Flat "U" shaped beaded neckpiece and another with the question mark shape were unconventional. Bags were either clutch, or shoulder bags to match the footwear which was wedges, or club heels style.

The finale celebrity line up was impressive as Malini had Vidya Malavade, Maria Gorretti, Mini Mathur, Sharmila Khanna, Madhu Shah and Shaheen Abbas walk the ramp to loud cheers; wearing giant gold necklaces - some resembling armour plates, while others had chains streaming down from huge collars.

All the ladies carried leopard print clutches, bags or duffels. For accessories with a lot of colour and style the "KwaZulu" collection by Malini Agarwalla had a very exotic line to offer.

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Added: March 9, 2012 Source: Lakme Fashion Week
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