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Bollywood's favourite desi designers

Last updated on: July 19, 2010 10:36 IST

Bollywood's favourite desi designers

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From Versace to Vera Wang, Bollywood's fussy fashionistas wear it all.

But their craze for Indian fashion designers is just as compelling if not more. With a growing number of stylists coming on the scene, here's a peek at the ones they particularly favour.

Manish Malhotra

From Kajol to Kareena Kapoor, Manish Malhotra has been weaving his magic on the numero unos of tinsel town for quite a while now.

While some may crib his designs are too filmi, his target customer is more than satisfied.

Prominent clients: Urmila Matondkar, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.


Image: Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

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After Rani Mukerji caught a fancy for Sabyasachi's earthy, classy designs; there's been no looking back.

Besides lending his organic aesthetics to a bling-driven industry, he's single-handedly transformed Vidya Balan's look from 'Oh, God!' to 'Oh, Wow!'

Prominent clients: Vidya Balan, Rani Mukerji and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


Image: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vidya Balan

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Vikram Phadnis

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Though Vikram Phadnis doesn't hold any degree in fashion studies, his demand among the who's who of Bollywood substantiates his credibility in the field.

Prominent clients: Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif. 


Image: Katrina Kaif

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Tarun Tahiliani

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There's enormous drama and grandeur about Tarun Tahiliani's creations.

And we all know how Bollywood digs all things larger-than-life. That explains why Shilpa Shetty opted to fill her trousseau with his designs.

Katrina Kaif is another star who swears by his sequin-filled saris.

Prominent clients: Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty.


Image: Shilpa Shetty

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Neeta Lulla

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Discounting the Ash-in-Cannes fiasco, the three-time National award winning dress designer -- best known for gorgeous work in Lamhe, Devdas and Jodhaa Akbar remains a reliable name in the business.

And so when it comes to traditional outfits, actresses ranging from Hema Malini to Isha Koppikar, Neeta Lulla is what Bollywood recommends.

Prominent clients: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Isha Koppikar.


Image: Timmy Narang and Isha Koppikar

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Anamika Khanna

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Khanna's edgy and out-of-the-box imagination fits very well with Sonam Kapoor's idea of dressing up.

Together they are an unbeatable combination.

Prominent clients: Sonam Kapoor


Image: Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor

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Gauri and Nainika

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The vibrant designer duo of Gauri and Nainika have quickly acquired a reputation for their elaborate gowns that seem to understand red carpet needs almost instinctively.

Proof: their A-list clientele.

Prominent clients: Deepika Padukone, Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bipasha Basu.


Image: Deepika Padukone

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Surily Goel

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Spunky, young and full of beans, Surily Goel's clothing line is irresistibly vivacious.

That explains its popularity among the likes of Preity Zinta and Malaika Arora.

Prominent clients: Preity Zinta, Soniya Mehra, Malaika Arora.


Image: Malaika Arora Khan

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Anita Dongre

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Kudos to Anita Dongre for understanding the fashion needs of women from all walks of life. While her clothing brands -- AND and Global Desi cater to the aam aurat, the designer knows how to make heads turn on the red carpet as well.

Remember Mallika Sherawat's too-hot-to-handle lehenga number at Cannes 2005?

Prominent clients: Mallika Sherawat, Isha Koppikar, Gul Panag.


Image: Mallika Sherawat

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Shantanu & Nikhil

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Brothers Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra have been in this business for a decade now.

Their ravishing, feminine collection makes them an instant choice for sizzling cover shoots.

Prominent clients: Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza and Deepika Padukone.


Image: Perizaad Zorabian

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Rocky S

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The man understands glamour and goes after it till he's got killer results.

Little wonder all Bollywood hotties clamor for his offerings.

Prominent clients: Bipasha Basu, Dia Mirza and Shilpa Shetty.


Image: Dia Mirza

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Swapnil Shinde

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What do Mandira Bedi, Mugdha Godse, Amrita Rao and Priyanka Chopra have in common?

They've all worn Swapnil Shinde's sexy numbers at some point.

Prominent clients: Mugdha Godse, Vidya Malvade, Shazahn Padamsee.


Image: Madoo and Mandira Bedi

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