Manish Malhotra is a force to be reckoned with in the Indian fashion industry. From taking up different roles like being a model and a costume stylist in Bollywood to be recognised for being a famous designer and couturier in India, Manish Malhotra has come a long way.
He started his career in the film industry by designing Juhi Chawla’s costumes in the movie Swarg. But what got him in the spotlight was his work for styling Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela. He got into designing right after but started his eponymous couture label – Manish Malhotra in the year 2005. Since, then we have seen all the famous stars almost always opting for his designs, whether it’s a red carpet event or a festive occasion. For us, his designs not only tell a story but also include enormous attention to detail and a sense of modernity.
|2018||Summer Couture 2018||Aditi Rao Hydari, Nushrat Bharucha, Radhika Apte and Sophie Choudry|
|2018||The Walk of Mijwan In Association With The Mijwan Welfare Society||Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor|
|2018||Zween, Haute Couture 2018-2019 Collection||Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif|
1st August: Aptly named Zween, which means beautiful in Arabic, Manish Malhotra’s intrigue about Middle-East was captured perfectly by his couture collection. He expressed his fascination by telling us more about his inspiration, “My new collection, Zween, highlights the beauty and splendour of the Middle East, a culture I have long been fascinated with. I have sought inspiration from the region’s stunning mystical elements, albeit in a new, contemporary light with trendsetting styles for millennials across the globe.”
The key motifs were the mythical winged Arabian horses designed with 3-D embellishments. To build on the theme, intricate floral threadwork embroidery, vibrant tassels and feathers, swirls of sequins and Swarovski crystals contributed to the ornate designs. Manish picked the luxe textiles like silks, organza, velvet and net fabrics as the base of this rich work. Even the colour palette exuded royalty with shades of rustic orange, sandy gold, olive green, elegant ivory, soothing lavender and tropical blue. Ultra feminine and contemporary silhouettes such as voluminous lehengas with ruffled bouffant blouses, kaftans with cigarette pants, saris with off-shoulder blouses, classic anarkali with a contemporary corset bustier and embellished gowns with cinched waists were showcased on the ramp. Statement-worthy accessories like faux feather purses,
Manish Malhotra’s menswear showcase had its own interpretation of Middle-East mystique through embroidered threadwork, mythological animal motifs and geometrical prints. Structured sherwanis, printed kurtas, flared formal trousers and western jackets, all the silhouettes were constructed in luxurious fabrics like velvet, satin and silk that were in deep shades of ivory, black and teal.
The finale of the show was banging as none other than Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif walked the runway for Zween. Salman wore an all-black ensemble with embroidered sherwani, and Katrina wore a contemporary lehenga choli layered with a sheer jacket.
Ornate details, luxe fabric and stylish silhouettes this is how Manish Malhotra visualised his Middle-East mystique that he made into an haute couture reality.
19th April: Continuing his association with The Mijwan Welfare Society, Manish Malhotra paid a tribute to the intricacy of Chikankari with the collection ‘The Walk Of Mijwan’. He told us how important the association is to him by saying, “The craft of Chikankari forms the very foundation of each Mijwan collection. To most Indians, Chikankari evokes beautiful visions of diaphanous fabrics and refreshing hues of summer. The beauty of Chikan embroidery is that it’s very versatile – it looks as good on a Western silhouette as it does on a lehenga. With ‘The Walk of Mijwan’ we have taken yet another step towards presenting a legacy craft using a design language that resonates with the preferences of the contemporary fashion-lover across the globe.”
The delicate threadwork of Chikankari was, of course, the focal point of the collection, but we also loved how Manish managed to juxtapose its classic charm with contemporary silhouettes. Sheer lightweight fabrics in pastel hues like white, beige, lilac, aqua and baby pink with a mix of darker shades of red and blue formed the base for the embroidery to shine. Floral motifs in Chikankari were enhanced by the modern design elements like pearl embroidery, sequins and fringes. Lehengas, T-length skirts, sheer long and short capes, dresses and saris all adorned this ornate work. Manish even thought of the accessories and had embroidered shoes and fringe clutches on display. Menswear too represented Chinkankari in its own special way with well-tailored and embroidered bandhgalas, jackets and sherwanis kurtas paired with slim pants all showing off the intricate threadwork.
Manish got back the Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani duo, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, to conclude his show dedicated to the craft of Chikankari. They both looked impeccable. Deepika wore a contemporary embroidered choli with tonal lehenga that had gather details at the bottom. Ranbir walked the ramp in a floral embroidered sherwani with contrasting slim-fit pants. The finale of both of them walking hand in hand was a spell-binding moment.
‘The Walk Of Mijwan’ was a celebration of the delicate and intricate threadwork from Lucknow and Manish Malhotra, as usual, did justice to the art of Chikankari through this collection.
17th March: Manish Malhotra started off on a strong note this year by unveiling his Summer 2018 couture collection, which he showcased at the Yoo Villas in Pune. The designs were inspired by Kashmir’s beautiful valleys. The flora and fauna of the scenic landscape also made an impact on the designs.
Manish Malhotra described the collection in a few words, “The collection has been inspired by Kashmir – a land that rises out of snowy winters and blooms to reveal the most glorious palette of colours. Then and now; Indian and international; light and colour – every outfit in the collection marries distinct elements in a unique interpretation.”
Manish Malhotra’s creations were a canvas for traditional Kashmiri threadwork along with 3D appliqué embroidery of flowers from the valley. Light feathers and bursts of pearls were the modern details that made it onto the traditional silhouettes. Sequined blouses, billowy skirts, tops with high-collars, cocktail gowns with exaggerated shoulders and contemporary drapes made an appearance on the runway. Even the colours used in the collection were a derivation from the picturesque view of Kashmir with shades of light pink, powder blue and mint green completing the pastel palette. Menswear continued the theme with short sherwanis and kurtas adorned by zardozi embroidery.
The highlight of the night was the showstoppers of this exquisite display. Manish Malhotra didn’t have one person closing the show but had four beautiful ladies walking the ramp to showcase his summer couture collection. Aditi Rao Hydari, Nushrat Bharucha, Radhika Apte and Sophie Choudry sashayed down the runway in red carpet ready ensembles. The best thing about it was that each outfit was designed to marry the celebrity’s personality.
Elegance and delicacy defined Manish Malhotra’s Summer Couture 2018 as it oozed with his signature glamour style and the lineup was an ode to the beauty that Kashmir is known for.