For a change ace
designer Manish Malhotra was pandering to the style-conscious
chatterati in Mumbai and not his Bollywood lovelies. Malhotra
who is better known as the makeover king for such style icons
as Urmila Matondkar and Karisma Kapoor, recently launched
his pret collection to a select gathering.
Manish Malhotra's Show through
Malhotra's collection, titled the Enchanted Ensemble, has
been inspired by the Shakespearean comedy, A Midsummer Night's
Dream. Malhotra, who isn't much of a reader, confessed that
on a visit to London he came across some couplets from the
comedy and was inspired to create the line. "I was charmed
by the play's sense of whimsy and rhyme, of freedom and flowering.
This collection comes with all the breeziness and romance
of a Shakespearean work," he said.
Given the inspiration, Malhotra has steered clear of bold
colours like black and red and opted for pastel shades like
lilacs, lavenders, whites, creams, pink and lemon instead.
These colours have been splashed on sensual crepes, georgettes,
nets, silks, khadi and jute.
And most of the outfits have embellishments in the form of
intricate chikan work, resham work, cut work and embroidered
patches worked over with beads and iridescent sequins. Malhotra
has put together short kurtas with stoles, hip-length tops,
loose knit shirts, silk corsets and lycra trousers for women
and kurtas, kurta shirts, full shirts, short shirts, jackets
and drawstrings for men.
"This is the first time I have created a collection of such
mammoth volume - a hundred outfits each for men and women,"
said Malhotra. Modelling the clothes at the launch were names
like Waluscha D'Sousa, Reshma Bombaywalla and Tapur Chatterjee
among others, and lending support to Malhotra were all his
good friends from the upper echelons of Mumbai society.
Apart from the Bollywood brigade also present on the occasion
was ace designer Hemant Trevedi - said to be Malhotra's arch
rival - admiring the collection. With this collection Malhotra
has managed to pull off a another makeover - his own - for
there's nothing Bollywood about it.