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.
|2017||Mijwan Summer 2017 In Association With The Mijwan Welfare Society||Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma|
|2017||Summer Couture 2017 At The Wedding Times Fashion Fiesta||Vaani Kapoor and Akhil Akkineni|
|2017||Sensual Affair Collection At India Couture Week 2017||Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt|
|2017||Tales Of Indulgence At The Winter-Festive 2017 Edition Of Lakmé Fashion Week||Jacqueline Fernandez and Aditya Roy Kapoor|
|2017||An Exclusive Collection Presented At Design One, Dubai||Karan Johar, Sidharth Malhotra and Kriti Sanon|
29th September: “With this collection, I wanted to bring to Dubai – one of my most favourite cities in the world – a collection that represented the beauty and modernism of this country”, this is how Manish Malhotra expressed his love for Dubai at Sahachari Foundation’s Design One exhibit. Drawing inspiration from the ultra-modern and lively city, he presented an exclusive collection that showcased exuberance of Dubai. Of course, the runway was unique with models walking down the escalator and posing beside it.
The lineup featured some stunning designs like the feathered off-shoulder blouse, fringe border sari, off-shoulder flouncy top, fringe lehenga, ruffled fish-cut lehenga and cold-shoulder style choli. The different surface ornamentation techniques like 3D floral details, sequins work, antique metallic thread-work, pearls, and luminous crystals were used to create stellar designs on the fabrics like satin organza, silk tulle, micro velvet, satin velvet and two-tone silks. These elements were also used in the menswear ensembles that had sherwanis with asymmetrical hemlines, draped kurtas and jackets.
Manish brought along his awesome B-Town muses to be the showstoppers of the show; Karan Johar, Sidharth Malhotra and Kriti Sanon walked the ramp. Kriti looked like a fairy godmother with her sequinned off-shoulder top and skirt that was covered by the mesmerising tulle cape that had 3D floral shoulder pads. Karan wore a military-esque sherwani, whereas Sidharth’s sherwani had a geometric design all-over.
With his mastery over glamorous style, Manish was successful in capturing the essence of Dubai and representing it through his fabulous designs.
20th August: It seems Manish Malhotra was in a nostalgic mood when he conceptualised his new collection, Tales Of Indulgence. The name itself oozed opulence, and hence, we knew we were in for a treat. But, what we did not expect was the grandeur of the ‘20s that would take over the runway.
The glistening runway and the mirrored chandelier were ready to set us in a mood for a grand party. To celebrate the completion of his label’s 12 years, Manish reimagined the modern woman in the Gatsby-esque decadence of the glamorous era. Not completely shying away from his signature occasion wear style, Manish strictly had a cocktail night planned in his mind for the grand finale.
The colours too were a clear representation of the luxe night, where black, midnight blue, oyster grey and chrome played a major part. With a base of rich textiles such as silks, organza, velvet and nets, it was easy to draw inspiration from the ‘20s for the silhouettes.
Short cocktail dresses, ornate jackets and capes, corset tops, embroidered skirts, thigh-high slit gowns and see-through dresses, showed us the seductive side of the ‘20s in the 21st century. The juxtaposition of the handcrafted motifs with contemporary elements like tassels, pearls and feathers make for an engaging texture on these silhouettes.
Even menswear opted for the regality of that era with dapper suits, tailored dinner jackets, skinny pants and classic tuxedos were crafted from luxe fabrics. One ensemble that stood out in the array of sartorial finesse was a kurta-shirt that had a cowl neckline.
Our modern-day Daisy and Jay were Jacqueline Fernandez and Aditya Roy Kapoor, who were the perfect showstoppers for such an opulent grand finale. Jacqueline wore a tulle evening dress that had cleverly place foliage embroidery, whereas Aditya was in the black velvet dinner jacket.
We love how Manish, keeping the true essence of his label, magically weaves a tale of the ‘20s to be appropriate for us in the 21st century. Manish kicks-off the festive and party season with a bang!
30th July: “With Sensual Affair, I want to showcase the versatility and design-language of Indian couture”, this is how Manish Malhotra portrayed his couture collection at India Couture Week 2017. Always pushing the envelope further, he had a very strong theme in mind, while conceptualising these ensembles. His definition of feminism that a woman should embrace and fearlessly express her sensuality, similar to a man, shaped the collection to reality.
The stage was set with a shiny runway that promised a glamorous night ahead. With his luxurious embellishment techniques into play, he focused more on the modern silhouettes that accentuate the curves of a woman’s body to showcase the theme. The sex appeal came through the corset tops, power-shoulder capes, off-shoulder tops that were teamed with voluminous skirts.
Beautifully embroidered sherwani and modern cuts ensured the menswear also got its time in the spotlight. The line up expressed luxury in the regal hues of ivory, soft grey, vintage rose, burgundy and teal in a bevvy of fabrics like satin organza, silk tulle, micro velvet, satin velvet and two-tone silks.
As a true couturier, Manish paid special attention to the embellishments that played a major role in this exuberant collection. He played around with textures through three-dimensional embellishments, layered motifs and exquisite embroidery. Elements like the antique metallic thread-work, pearls and luminous crystals, added the oomph to this display.
The grand finale concluded with Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh and B-Town belle Alia Bhatt walking down the glazing runway. As usual, Ranveer charmed us all with his quirky charisma in a midnight blue sherwani embroidered with zardozi and thread-work that was teamed with slim pants. Alia defined the look of a modern bride in a sequinned and pearl embellished top complemented by an olive multi-layered, ruched net skirt that had 3D floral detailing.
This couture collection is a true testament to what the Indian audience wants in today’s time and age with a dash of Manish’s glamorous signature style.
20th March: Continuing his work towards amplification of the rich craft Chikan embroidery from Mijwan, Manish Malhotra presented the second edition of his Summer Couture 2017 collection at The Wedding Times Fashion Fiesta in Hyderabad. He did it with a twist this time around. The setup was with circular seating arrangement, where all the guest had a front row view to the intricacy of the art.
The showcase blended craftsmanship of the delicate Chikankari embroidery with the glamorous essence of modern silhouettes. He presented the extended range of Summer Couture 2017 by giving us a perspective, “These versatile pieces make a modern fashion statement, one that every young Indian can relate to.” The art found its base on contemporary shift dresses, kurtis with beaded fringe border, off-shoulder cholis and flared lehengas. Keeping the colour palette in pastel hues, Manish introduced a break of traditional red shade in-between. Menswear too possessed the regal vibe through the fabrics and silhouettes used. But, we especially loved the all-white Chikankari Kurta and slim pants a model had donned.
The showstopper for the night was the vivacious Vaani Kapoor in an ornate, blush pink off-shoulder crop top and lehenga. Southern sensation, Akhil Akkineni, also walked the walk in a monochrome, embroidered sherwani.
Manish Malhotra surely knows how to amalgamate the true essence of the craft with the trending silhouettes and techniques of today.
5th March: A new movement about working with the indigenous crafts is diverting the Indian fashion industry towards a sustainable direction. Taking the lead in this project, couturier Manish Malhotra’s association with the Mijwan Welfare Society has had a major impact on the Chikankari craft. Presenting an art that originated in the 17th century to the people of the 21st century is a responsibility that can only come through the love for the timeless craft of Chikan embroidery. Manish does it effortlessly, tackling two objectives of the Mijwan Welfare Society; reviving the art and empowering the local women.
He knows that a conversation about this topic needs to continue, and a collection that showcases the art in a contemporary form will do that and more. Mijwan Summer 2017 is all about promoting this aspect, keeping the subtlety of the art intact. He hits the perfect balance between the bygone craft and modern elements like sequins, tassels, fringes in glamorous silhouettes. Chikankari motifs take on strapless dresses, corset cholis, off-shoulder crop tops, elaborate lehengas and evening dresses. For menswear, Manish pays special attention to the placement of the embroidery and the light hue work stands out against contrasting colours of kurta-salwars, bandhgalas and kurta-bandis.
Our favourite couple from Rab Ne Bana De Jodi, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma were the showstoppers for the show. Shah Rukh Khan looked charming as he wore a full-embroidered sherwani with dhoti pants. Anushka was alluring in an outfit of a fringed choli and layered lehenga that had intricate Chikan embroidery was something that a modern woman would definitely opt for to make a statement.
Manish proudly explains his work behind working with this cause, “I am thrilled to share that the number of centres in Uttar Pradesh and especially in Mijwan has expanded to a significant number. It gives me immense pride to see how far we have all come today. Mijwan to me is a microcosm of what India has to offer the world.” Mijwan Summer 2017 embraces the craft with its nuances and gives it its own niche in the modern world.