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The Race 2 actor as the showstopper dazzled the audience dressed in a stunning powder pink buillon and lace embroidered corset with a hand painted tuille skirt with a statement collar pearl necklace.

Infusing fantasy and surreal concepts to this season’s Lakme Fashion Week, designer Shehla Khan introduced a deeper and bolder hued collection named – Tale of the Unexpected, which draws inspiration from the designer’s love of fairy tales.

On being the showstopper, Jacqueline Fernandez said, “Shehla is a sweet and soft spoken girl, this reflects in her clothes as well which are very feminine, very girly but also wearable and contemporary for all ages. Through Sonam (Kapoor) I got to know not only a wonderful designer but a beautiful person. I’m so thrilled to be her showstopper today. I feel like a modern day princess!”

Shehla’s B-town friends and clients were also present to cheer her – Kajol (dressed in a beautiful blue badla sari by Shehla), Ayan Mukherji, Kunal Rawal, Rhea Kapoor with her mother Sunita Kapoor, Anu Dewan, Avantika Malik, Madhu Nair, Maheep Kapoor, Sharmilla Khanna, Shaan Khanna, Zarine Khan, Shabina Khan and many more.

Khan showcased an array of structured looks, as she explains, “The silhouettes are rather bold, and an element of structure exists in almost every look, representing royalty along with contemporary feminine grace and regality”. The young designer has dressed some of Bollywood’s top fashionistas such as Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Kajol, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Malaika Arora Khan, Karisma Kapoor and Alia Bhatt to name a few.

Shanina Shaik

With an upbeat outlook and steadfast resolve, Shanina Shaik is a home-grown beauty steering her own destiny.

Ask any keen fashion observer to define beauty as it stands on the runways of the world right now and odds are they’ll be at a loss for words. It’s not through any deficiency in preternaturally attractive models emerging – where there is fashion there will always be extraordinary women to bring it to life – but rather there’s been a widening of focus, a shift in paradigms, if you will. The more intriguing, more multilayered the individual, it seems, the more fascinated designers, editors and the wider fashion consuming public become.

Take Shanina Shaik, for example. With her compelling features it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where she might hail from. Melbourne-born and raised by an Australian/Lithuanian mother and a Pakistani/Saudi Arabian father, her look is unlike anything on the international modelling scene. It’s likely why Victoria’s Secret, a brand known for its predilection towards Amazonian supermodels like Gisele Bündchen, decided to book the petite brunette for its high profile 2011 show after passing her over for two years running. Likewise Karl Lagerfeld, who spied her potential and cast her in Chanel’s pre-fall presentation just a month later. And all before the age of 21.

Autumn/winter ’12/’13 saw Shaik land the plum job of walking for Stella McCartney and the honour of opening for Jason Wu. Finding success on the world stage has been a long-held dream for Shaik.

Having dabbled in modelling since she was young, and spending her teenage years glued to late-night fashion television, her breakthrough came in the form of reality television show Make Me a Supermodel. While such programs can be viewed as a setback for those “serious” about the business, Shaik saw it as a positive.

“I would not regret being involved with the show, because I don’t look like the usual Australian girl, so I think I just needed the show to get myself out there,” she says. The experience not only provided her with a profile but a chance to meet model mentor (and, more recently, boyfriend) Tyson Beckford. “He took a picture of me and showed one of the agencies in New York that he was corresponding with and they took me on.”

After leaving high school with impressive results, Shaik headed for Manhattan, where she now kicks around in biker jackets and big T-shirts, jeans and boots, and spends her down time taking in Jets games and riding on motorbikes. Not what you would expect from such a seemingly fragile, angelic beauty. But then appearances can be deceiving.

“Everyone has something unique about them,” she says. “I’m just starting to realize that my ‘look’ can be well received.”