Manish Malhotra – Grand Finale – PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013

King of Bollywood couture Manish Malhotra left us star-struck, bedazzled and enveloped in the opulent colonial world with his beautiful collection presented at the Grand finale at PCJDCW 2013.

The entire room was converted into 1930 ‘s town hall- with flowers and fragrance and the luxurious ornate seating, with an old world inspired couture show, where the models walked around the seated audience-partly seated on the ramp itself- keeping the feeling experiential instead of simply professional. It was a clean yet opulent show, reminding us of the old world affluence with respect to the finery worn by the British viceroys, kings and queens of colonial era in India.

He has derived his inspiration from this cross cultural genre of fashion where traditional Indian silhouettes have incorporated the western elements of structure and embellishment combined with the contemporary sensual appeal as seen in sculpted and bared glamorous backs and flouncy sleeves. The menswear with its sharp tailoring carried the vintage regalia with the modern day version of bandhgalas and jackets.

Manish Malhotra kept alive the vintage element with an extensive use of nets, velvets in rich colours, Chantilly lace, antique gold work, crystals and vintage embroideries. He emphasised on the richness and opulence of the fabrics rather than luminescence vis a vis his previous collections- favouring the old classic colors like burgundy, reds, blues and earthy tones. 

What I loved about his approach was his clear understanding of the fact that – “wedding is the time when tradition should be honoured…while you could play with bared backs, makeup and hairstyles but stick to norms of tradition”…”as India, with its rich traditional heritage, still has a lot to offer.” Right said Manish!

While a MM bride is a beautiful, confident girl who knows what she wants and is looking forward to what life has in store for her…MM said the golden words that every wannabe-bride wants to hear…“the bride has to feel beautiful that day, if she feels beautiful she will look beautiful”. 

Deepika Padukone in a beautiful midnight blue lehenga, with Bishop-sleeved-tailored-blouse worn with heirloom jewellery by PCJ, was his perfect muse as “she’s every designers delight, carries clothes beautifully…and likes getting dressed”.
If Deepika’s presence wasn’t star-stunning enough for the audience, Shah Rukh Khan walked out on the ramp in a black two-piece suit with his charismatic smile and an adorable pony-tail.

To conclude, it was definitely one of the most entertaining and visually appealing shows in all respects- from the sets..clothes..embellishments..decor..star appeal..and finally the shoes!…they were by Christian Louboutin.

How befitting! A blushing bride- on the red carpet-in a red ensemble walking on the red soles!

Nupur Dayal
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