By Bappa Majumdar NEW DELHI, June 12 (Reuters Life!) - A year ago, Vimla Atwal eked a living by cleaning outdoor pits used as toilets in a western Indian village. Next month, she will sashay down a New York catwalk with top Indian models.
Movie star Audrey Tautou is her biggest fan, but French-born, Sydney-based fashion designer Laurence Pasquier is keeping her feet on the ground as she attempts to match Euro-chic with Aussie informality.
A striking brunette sashayed down the catwalk, showing off her simple yet elegant white robe and black headgear to the enraptured audience. Sister Lucja of the Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus smiled as the crowd burst into applause.
A giant merry-go-round occupied centre stage at the Chanel ready-to-wear show on february 29th, but instead of horses there were enormous versions of the house's iconic camelia, quilted handbag, ropes of pearls and earrings with the double-C logo.
All eyes were on Alessandra Facchinetti on Thursday for her debut collection at Valentino, the first in the Italian fashion house's history not designed by its founder and the most keenly anticipated show in Paris fashion week.
Fashion shows, aimed at wooing buyers and winning over fickle magazine editors, have become extravaganzas requiring weeks of meticulous planning and an army of co-workers - often all for no more than a quarter of an hour on the catwalk.