#ELLEexclusive: Kareena Kapoor Khan’s emotional note on returning to Lakmé Fashion Week as the finale showstopper
She also reveals the venue for the grand finale
This year, Lakmé Fashion Week completes its 20th season. Coincidentally, this year, Bollywood’s reigning kween, Kareena Kapoor Khan also celebrates the 20th year of keeping us in awe of her, both with her on-screen performances and through her off-screen style. At the upcoming Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020, Kareena Kapoor Khan will be walking the grand finale show in an Amit Aggarwal creation from his AXIL collection. The line is inspired by Lakmé’s theme for Summer/Resort ’20, Better in 3D.
Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for Gauri and Nainika at LFW Winter/Fall 2019
Aggarwal’s creations are known for merging fantastical elements with modern industrial design. This year, the designer takes it a few notches higher by exploring the three-dimensional in the pieces in a way that was never seen before. And who better than Kareena to breathe life into these couture beauties on the runway at a venue that speaks for the collection and provides the perfect background for it—Mukesh Mills? It imbibes an infallible old world charm with a futuristic twist, much like Aggarwal’s design ethos.
Monisha Jaising and Kareena Kapoor Khan at Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale Winter/Festive 2018
Kareena Kapoor Khan at the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale Winter/Festive 2016
Kareena Kapoor Khan with Rohit Bal at LFW Summer/Resort ’16
Hear it from the actor herself as she pens down her thoughts on coming back to the runway, to conquer and dazzle:
“Every year I get to represent Lakmé at the biggest fashion platform in the country and I eagerly wait for that one phone call that reveals the season’s beauty statement, the finale designer and the new line of makeup that I get to try before anyone else!
I absolutely love the thrill of walking down a runway and while I’ve been at so many fashion events in the country and in my career worked with so many designers, the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale holds a place like no other in my life.
As you all probably know, 2020 is also a very special year for me. It is my 20th year in Bollywood and coincidentally it’s also the 20th year of Lakmé Fashion Week. It’s been a fabulous journey and I really thank everyone for all the support I’ve received in my 20 years in the industry.
To celebrate our fabulous journey, Lakmé has a very special showcase in store for all of you. The Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale this season with the theme ‘Better in 3D’ will bring out the new dimension in you. It’s an ode to the woman who is multi-dimensional, who has depth, and more than one aspect to her personality! It’s an ode to the modern woman. I’m also really looking forward to not only sporting the new 3D makeup but also try on finale designer Amit Aggarwal’s futuristic showstopping outfit! And guess what, with this Grand Finale we’re going to take you to a venue that revives Mumbai’s old-world charm with a twist – Mukesh Mills, a combination of the past meeting the future. It’s going to be a night to remember, see you there!”