Manish Malhotra’s glittering new collection of occasion wear lends a sparkle to pre-wedding functions such as the sangeet and mehendi. Also as a first, in association with Etihad Airways, the show will premiere as a Virtual Reality experience. The Manish Malhotra Winter/Festive 2016 collection spotlights Indian craftsmanship combined with modern silhouettes for a stylish, young bridal entourage.
The fashion house showcased its signature resham threadwork, clustered sequins and intricate hand embroidery on dramatic trails and off-shoulder capes, alongside floral motifs. Replete with avant-garde twists – there were jacket-saris; lehengas paired with sheer crop blouses and draped dupattas on contemporary anarkalis. Elaborately detailed long tunics worn over cigarette pants and majestic, flowing backless gowns effortlessly brought the classic and contemporary together.
Statement accessories, including bejewelled belts and pill-box clutches added a glamorous edge. Crafted in silks, sheer net and lace; in hues of pure white, baby pink, lime green, lilac, Champagne nude, metallic grey and honey mustard, the ensembles were worn with elegantfine jewellery by Anmol Jewellers. For the modern gentleman, the collection presented textured velvet bandhgalas, structured jackets and vests paired with Jodhpur pants. The elegant outfits were styled with pocket-squares, jewelled buttons and embroidered silk scarves.
Speaking about the collection, Manish Malhotra said, “Lakmé Fashion Week is very special to me – both my label and my association with LFW turn eleven this year. Label MANISH MALHOTRA is also the first Indian brand to present a Virtual Reality experience with Etihad Airways. Every season, the muse for my collection has been the young Indian woman, who carries her traditions and modern values with ease. I am excited to present a collection that suits her style, as well as her bridal entourage.” Mr. Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head (Fashion) – IMG Reliance said, “Manish has had a long standing association with Lakmé Fashion Week and we can’t imagine an event without him. This show is special, as it is the next step towards embracing technology in fashion.
The show will be transformed into a virtual reality experience where the viewers will get an immersive experience like never before.” Speaking on the opening day of Lakmé Fashion Week, Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways Vice President Indian subcontinent, said: “Lakmé Fashion Week is very exciting for us in India, as it has marked another step in Etihad Airways efforts to enhance its positioning as the global airline for the fashion industry and further elevate Mumbai on the international fashion calendar. Working with Manish Malhotra has also been a fantastic experience showcasing the best of his latest collection proudly presented by Etihad Airways.”
Concluding the show was the stunning Shraddha Kapoor in a resplendent deep green velvet lehenga paired with an embroidered crop blouse, accompanied by the dapper Sushant Singh Rajput in a black bandhgala and white jodhpur pants. Celebrities Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shetty, Sophie Choudhury, Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza, Zayed Khan, Bhumi Pednekar to name a few, graced the front row. Etihad’s association with Manish Malhotra is the latest initiative by the Abu Dhabi-based airline following its recently-announced global agreement with WME | IMG to become the fashion industry’s preferred airline. Manish Malhotra is the second designer that the airline has partnered with globally, after Oscar de la Renta at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia earlier this year.