Hold your hearts! Nothing can prepare you for what Shabana Azmi and Manish Malhotra had planned for the 4 year anniversary of The Mijwan Welfare Society. This association with Manish Malhotra goes back to 2009 when Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric was unveiled for the first time. 2015 celebrated the time-honoured associations, craftsmanship and womens empowerment between the two.
The stars came out with their family ties and walked the runway in garments beautifully created and presented by India’s favorite and super loved name in fashion (especially when it comes to dressing Bollywood!) It was a moment to cherish and support when Farhan Akhtar & Javed Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor & Anil Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and papa, Shatrughan Sinha, and the Bachchans of course, Amitabh Bachchan & Shweta Bachchan-Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan with mum Jaya Bachchan brought the evening to supernova of a finish. But this wasn’t the only star power at the event. Check out the rest of the names that popped in to cheer!
This was a fashion event with a serious cause. Started by Shabana’s dad, Kaifi Azmi, his daughter and her god-child Namrata Goyal have taken the foundation and pledged to work towards a brighter, sustainable future for the girls and women of Mijwan. Manish used the beautiful chikankari fabrics made by the humble hands of these women and presented an enchanting summer bridal collection that started with off-whites & creams and moved into pinks, lilacs, powder blues, purples and came to a show-stopping series of looks in colour blocks and reds. The collection got its fair share of glitter dust in sequins and drama with beaded tassel detailing.
Like I said, the grand presentation for a noble cause was an overwhelming affair for the audience present and Shabana and Manish sure pulled in all their star power in support of Mijwan. With musical guests like Shankar Mahadevan and his son providing live music for show, hair by Adhuna Akhtar & BBlunt and make up by Fat Mu, this was an affair to remember. After two fashion weeks, where we sat and reviewed an army of designers, this show was like icing on the cake, where fashion came out with Bollywood for a cause, more important and noteworthy than all the trivial things we fuss about. #WellPlayed