He hosted a special off-site show in the charmingly quaint set-up of a home decor store, the Great Eastern Home in Byculla. Leaving no stone unturned in presenting his very best, Malhotra transformed the runway into a flower bedecked spectacle with rings of roses hanging above the ramp like fashion halos for models to walk under.
The ‘Blue Runway’ collection was presented in association with the WEvolve Campaign (with the World Bank) in an effort to draw attention to gender-based violence. And with his design, spirit and the message put through, the designer set a new benchmark. Speaking to MAIL TODAY, the designer shared, “The Manish Malhotra woman is one who’s smart, wears Indian wear with a lot of style and is in tune with international standards. To add variety, the dupatta and scarf is replaced by the jacket without taking away the femininity.” “Indigo blue, ivory, yellow are the main colours for my collection; yellow is a huge colour this year,” he added.
MASABA PICKS A NEW PLATFORM
FOR the first time in the history of Indian fashion, young gun Masaba Gupta (who recently got engaged) showcased her collection not on a ramp but on social media website Instagram on Day 1 of the Lakme India Fashion Week. Showcased on her Instagram handles @houseofmasaba and @masabagupta, the colourful range titled ‘Sugar Plum’ showcased a host of rainbow-hued tiny crop-tops, printed piped shirt, off-shoulder loose tents, large skirts and sleeveless shirt collar column dresses with popsicle prints, and scarves tied on the models’ heads.
Showstopper for Masaba, actress Nargis Fakhri ‘posed’ in a bright yellow and pink flounce dress with a pink turban on her head. Commenting on the democratic move, Masaba on Thursday said, “I can’t invite 80,000 people to my show but I wanted everyone to be a part of it.” The show was, thus, shot on one of the fitting days in the run up to one of India’s biggest fashion events. Meanwhile, label ‘Sailex’ added to the girly fun with young silhouettes in flirty skirts, dresses, shorts, jumpsuits, maxis, jackets and tops with pretty floral prints in fabrics such as cotton, linen, organza, chiffon and satin. To woo technology-friendly youngsters, a special makeup app, Lakme Makeup Pro App, for Android users was also launched by actress Shraddha Kapoor during Delhi-designer DRVV’s show.