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Bollywood Stars: 'Dressing up injury and how!'

Shah Rukh Khan

New Delhi, Feb. 10 -- Move over scribbling quotes or doodling on your fracture cast. Accessorising injuries with designer slings and casts seem to be the new cool trend for Bollywood's stylish lot.

Actor Priyanka Chopra turned her knee injury into a fashion moment on her recent outings, sporting neon pink bandage. Shah Rukh Khan, who hurt himself while shooting for his upcoming film Happy New Year, also attended the reception of Ahana Deol - actors Dharmendra and Hema Malini's daughter - wearing a funky knee cast.

Ahana's elder sister, Esha Deol, too, rocked the wedding in style, despite an injured arm, matching her outfits with glamorous slings: right from a red studded sling to a shimmery gold one.

Mumbai-based designer Neeta Lulla, who designed one of Esha's slings, says, "I customised the sling to go with her lehenga. It was made of silk with zardosi work as I wanted her to be comfortable and yet look trendy."

Last year, actor Preity Zinta, too, was spotted wearing a stylish black sequined sling.    
The city's fashion forwards have been quick to take a cue from the stars. City-based designers say that they have been flooded with orders for stylish slings from fashionistas who don't want an injury to ruin a stylish celebration. "I'm getting requests from some clients to design a stylish sling. It is a very interesting way of not shying away from an injury and having fun," says designer Rina Dhaka. Nida Mahmood, too, recently designed one such sling. "A ugly cast can ruin a brilliant outfit. A to-be bride asked me to help cover up her sprained arm, so I made an orange embroidered sling to go with her fuschia and orange lehenga," she says.    

Not just designers, even city tailors are using their creativity to stitch matching slings. "I'm making a sling for one of my clients to go with an anarkali that she will wear to a wedding next week," says Jamal Parwez, a tailor in Shankar Market.