It was raining men and why? Because Manish Malhotra has done it again! His Lakme Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 collection packed a serious punch focusing heavily this time on menswear; but across the board both his signature sharp tailoring and attention to detail was evident and turned up a gear. A very special year for the designer indeed, as he completes 25 years as a costume designer and stylist in the movie industry.
Held on day 1 of Mumbai's Lakme Fashion Week, the swarming crowds at Mehboob Studio in Bandra left us slightly perturbed until the handsome hunks of Bollywood including Arjun Kapoor, Ayushman Khurana, Dino Morea and Karan Johar to name a few, filtered through the beaming paparazzi to attend the much awaited show - and not forgetting the dashing Ranbir Kapoor who waited in the wings to close the show strutting down the ramp in a stylish burgundy four-button suit and printed shirt.
Dozens of chairs hung almost haphazardly from the ceiling balancing in the still air while plush leather armchairs and sofas were strewn across the runway creating a dramatic set for the show. Gino Banks and Sheldon kept the tempo at foot tapping speed as they played live jazz. The runway was certainly one of the biggest we've seen with 78 strongly suited looks parading the aisle.
In a unique set-up, two drones hovered over the stage area throughout the show, to capture the various moods of the guests as well as the models on the ramp.
The Gentleman’s Club Collection was a festive fusion of Indian and Western Couture. The form fitting suits with applique and embroidery had our eyes glued on to the models as they marched past in succession. Clearly catering to the debonair man, the collection was an interesting mix of stylish, cool and contemporary while effortlessly exuding sophistication and charm.
Women’s wear; if one knows anything about Manish Malhotra, the most important element to his aesthetic is his celebration of the woman for whom no adornment is too much. Beads, sequins, glitter and gemstone? Malhotra says bring it on!
This festive season's dresses are of the stuff that dreams are made of – they’re the ultimate princess fantasy and you can’t help but fall in love with them, simply because they are so exquisite, flouncy, elaborate and beautiful. He presented gowns of the loveliest shades – from shimmering gold and silver to deeper tones like midnight blue, emerald green and sooty black sprinkled with crystals to match the base colour beneath. Gowns were long and flowing, though cinched in at the waist and emphasised through sequin formations.
The use of heavy, lustrous silk and intricate embroidery and applique work made it a collection fit for royalty. The beauty of his pieces are amplified through his use of exquisite fabrics. Plunging necklines, halter backs, bare shoulders, cap sleeves, cutouts…he did it all! We particularly loved the floral printed two-piece; modern day take on a ‘lehenga-choli’.
Romantic to the core, these were gowns to sweep you off your feet and in a world where casual and sporty chic is the word of the day, you can’t help but feel ethereal in one of these….if you got the chance to wear one that is. Accessories were kept minimal so as to let the garments alone speak for themselves except for the occasional box clutch. His pieces are always defined by their high powered glamour.
We enjoyed watching his take on western wear; elegance, glamour and sophistication which were a refreshing change from his Indian wear collections. As the live band came to a crescendo with its last song, blasts of confetti enveloped the very elite audience as it applauded this grand fashion happening to end the day.
An eternal celebrity favourite; Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and a long list of bollywood ‘A’ listers have fallen under Manish Malhotra's hypnotic allure and it’s not hard to see why.
Image Credits: Lakme Fashion Week