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ON A ROLL Shilpa Shetty in a Neeta Lulla outfit

ON A ROLL Shilpa Shetty in a Neeta Lulla outfit  

Neeta Lulla, the designer behind some of Shilpa Shetty's clothes in "Celebrity Big Brother", continues to grab attention with her inimitable fashion sense

This woman is unstoppable. After 300 films, countless shows and two diligent decades as designer, Neeta Lulla continues to make news. Having designed for women with a strong sense of style and individualism, it's not surprising that this crown princess of cool had created the look for Bollywood star Shipa Shetty in "Celebrity Big Brother.""When Shilpa approached me, I was only too willing. Our vibes are good and the thing about Shilpa is that she can carry off any outfit — ethnic or contemporary - with equal elan," smiles the designer. For Neeta, who has designed the costumes in scores of award winning films including "Lamhe", "Taal", "Devdas" and "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", creating some outfits for Shilpa for the attention-grabbing show "was just another assignment." In a candid mode she continues, "Yes, honestly, I didn't think it would become such a talked-about show. But I was positive Shilpa will make it."Giving details of her creations, Neeta, whose clothes encapsulates her love for vintage detailing and modern styling says she had designed casual tops, tunics and kurtas for Shilpa to wear in the House.Besides, she had designed some gorgeous saris for the post-show interviews and the red carpet events that followed Shilpa's victory. "What I kept in mind was Indian-ism and the global reach of the programme. So I translated ethnicity into cosmopolitan clothing. Remember the sherwani-jacket-sari that Shilpa wore to the House of Commons?"Having dressed Bollywood stars Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta et al, Neeta strolls down memory lane and singles out "Lamhe" as a milestone film in her career. "It made people sit up and notice the nuances in costume design," says the National Award winner. "My creations are inspired by life around me. Bollywood is a big brand today — globally. But style wise, it has always been a trendsetter. In fact, a number of today's designers turn to yesteryear films for inspiration. The result, retro chic! For me, every day, every star has been a learning experience."Talking about the Indian fashion scene, Neeta gushes, "After a slow start, it's sprinting. We've evolved so much that we'll soon emerge the next big destination in the global design scene. What's nice is the fact that though we have emerged from the cocoon, we haven't forgotten our rich roots!"T. KRITHIKA REDDY

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