AP Photos: Saris stand out on Indian fashion runway

In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, a makeup artist applies eyeliner to a model before a show during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models touches up her makeup before walking the ramp during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Monday, March 11, 2019, photo, a tailor takes measurements of a model as a woman scans photographs during a fitting session ahead of the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, workers put up posters of models outside a fashion designer's stall in an exhibition during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models work on finishing touches before walking the ramp during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a designer takes a selfie with a model before the start of a catwalk during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, a photograph of an Indian model is seen on the mobile phone of a makeup artist at the main makeup room for models during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, a model leaves the backstage after showcasing creations of Indian designers for the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Monday, March 11, 2019, photo, a model looks at the line up and outfits planned during a fitting session ahead of the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this combination photo of five photographs taken on Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models display creations of top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian outfit, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week which celebrated the sari, Indian women's most idiosyncratic garment, six yards of fabric that symbolize a centuries-old tradition. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models rush for a quick change of outfit in between a ramp walk during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, a backstage manager checks the line up moments before a show during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models touch up their makeup before a show during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, a model returns to the backstage after leaving the ramp during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, models, back stage managers and designers applaud at the end of a show during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models line up backstage before the start of a catwalk during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI — It's fashion season in India's capital, with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture.

Before the styles debut on the runway lie days of planning, fittings and hair and makeup sessions to experiment with looks, poses and choreography. Just days ahead of the big show, tailors take models' measurements and fashion designers finish rehearsing.

Top fashion names and models participated in Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week organized by the Fashion Design Council of India earlier this month.

The show celebrated the sari, Indian women's most idiosyncratic garment, 6 yards of fabric that symbolize a centuries-old tradition.

"As a long piece of fabric, it's not easy to drape, a lot of designers have worked on it over time and it is being styled differently to inspire the younger generation to wear," Vaishali S., a Mumbai-based designer, said of the sari.

Models sashayed down the runway in a riot of color and glitz as Delhi socialites, Bollywood stars and prospective buyers watched for the season's next "it" items.

The sari was juxtaposed with other Indian ensembles, Western wear and fusion clothing collections for men and women.

The show finale was an ode to the sari, worn by the runway models in modern, reconstructed forms, along with elaborate jewelry and accessories against striking backdrops.

Vaishali said the saris on the runway paid tribute to the great variety across India of "weaves, textures, drapes and fabrics with every state and every village having its own strongly distinct and contemporary style, alive and evolving."

At the end, avid fashionistas in the audience blended in with fashion models as buyers thronged the stalls of designers, who offered their creations for sale, pret-a-porter.

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