Katrina Kaif replaces Aishwarya Rai in the

Katrina Kaif replaces Aishwarya Rai in the "Barbie All Doll'd Up" Show at Lakme Fashion Week

It's that time of year again when everyone is thinking about summer; meanwhile designers are already planning fall and winter clothing lines. Lakme and IMG Fashion have been coming together twice a year for Lakme Fashion Week. The week long event is said to take place to redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world. Well Lakme Fashion Week wanted to show that they have a fun side that remembers fashion started for many women when they were young girls. That's why they wanted to hold an event that was both cutting edge and reminiscent of one of the most iconic dolls of childhood.

Yes, that's right-after 50 years, people still can't help but get caught up in Barbie fever. We have already told you that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was going to be the face of 'Bollywood Barbie'; but refused. Well Lakme Fashion Week opened their festivities for Fall/Winter 2009 anyway and threw a rocking event called Barbie All Doll'd Up to celebrate the doll that is known around the world.

This "Dress the Barbie" event drew about 75 entries from top designers all over the country. Out of that number; 20 "dolls" walked down the runway>The designs were playful, colorful, and whimsical. Outfits by designers Vivek Kumar, Neeta Lulla, Atit Bhatt, Anand Bhushan, Tanvi Kedia, Abdul Haldar, Ruchi Mehta, Niak, Jyoti Sharma, Sonam Mehta, Prashant/Sudha and Shantanu/Nikhil were displayed. The event took place at the Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai on Friday March 27th. The runway was Barbie chic with the color pink everywhere along with the well recognized Barbie logo.

The winning dress was by Nishka Lulla which was modeled by the super sexy actress Katrina Kaif. It looks like since Aishwaraya Rai Bachchan doesn't want to be immortalized in plastic doll form that Katrina Kaif is going to take her place. A spokesperson for Mattel India said "There are plans to replicate the winning design on the doll within six months or so. It will definitely be this year and the doll will be a Katrina Kaif look-alike".

Nishka Lulla said of her winning dress "I dressed up Barbie in what would be her 18th birthday outfit. I've made use of a big golden bow at the back, and brocades and the Rajasthani Shibori fabric. I wanted to create something cute and vibrant for 'My Barbie', something that would showcase her spirit...Bright colors are going to stay, there may be sober hues like white, black, grey showing up in the backdrop of the recession."

So we want to know what you think of how Lakme Fashion Week was kicked off and what you think about all this Barbie mania. What do you think about Katrina Kaif being chosen as Barbie in place of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? Give us your thoughts on the event and how you like the styles that were introduced. Check out the pictures of the designs; particularly the one of Katrina Kaif as Miss Barbie. We can't wait to read your thoughts on Lakme Fashion Week's kickoff event and the clothing.

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