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    Vivek Karunakaran launches two collections at The Park, with live music, dance, art, food and of course, celebrity models

    or those who believe that fashion shows should be more than a ramp walk and cocktails,Vivek Karuna-karana��s Mercedes Luxe Royale will be a pleasant surprise. Conceptualised by the city-based designer, this event, to launch his Spring Summer collection that was showcased at the Delhi Fashion Week, is more a�?productiona�� than fashion show. So expect live music, art, dance, even dinner a�� a�?a complete package,a�? as he describes it. And fear not, the designer is not straying from the tried-and-testedA�A� tradition of displaying ones creations on sizzling models (expect to see Rachel Bayros, Parvathy Omanakuttan and Sucheta Sharma, among others), but he is however, doing away with the ramp, and working with the available space at his venue, The Park.

    Off the ramp
    Taking place simultaneously at 601, The Leather Bar and the lobby (the models will have a 200 ft catwalk between all three outlets), this event, sponsored by Mercedes Benz and in partnership with the Madras Midtown Round Table 42, happens to be a fund raiser, with all proceeds from tickets going towards building classrooms for government schools in Pallikaranai. And besides the fashion (choreographed by Sheetal Sharma) and food (601 will offer a three-course sit down dinner, while The Leather Bar and lobby will offer unlimited finger food), guests also have some art watching to look forward to. a�?Prakrit Art Gallery is contributing paintings by renowned artists that will be auctioned during the evening,a�? says the designer, adding that there will be plenty of entertainment as well, with music by Maalavika Manoj and a dance show by Lourd Vijaya��s dance group from Bengaluru.

    Fall in line
    And thata��s not all. To wrap up in style, Karunakaran has created The Tribe. a�?This is a regimental and military-inspired collection,a�? he explains, adding that the entire mood of the venue will be complementing this collection. Created for the modern man and woman, it features a�?camouflage print created with embroidery, battalion patches embroidered with zardozi and stars used as a statement printa��. a�?We are also styling a few personalities like Sharath Kumar, Radhika, Parvathy Nair, Neville Bilimoria and Ranvir Shah, in something inspired by The Tribe, but depicting their personalities,a�? he reveals, adding that their celebrity walk will conclude the show.
    On April 19, from 7 pm. Tickets (Rs 7,500 at 601, Rs 3,000 at The Leather Bar and lobby) on eventjini.com

    Ryan Peppin


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