Manish Malhotra showcases collection sans B'wood
Ace designer Manish Malhotra is known for keeping the Bollywood quotient high on the runway but this time around he let his clothes do the talking as celebrity power was restricted to the front seats.
Actresses Mahima Choudhry, Urmila Matondkar, Kangana Ranaut, watched and cheered their favourite designer from the sidelines alongwith politician Shashi Tharoor, his wife Sunanda Pushkar, Bigg Boss star Pooja Mishra and Shahnaz Hussain.
"I started the trend of celebrities on the ramp and now I have been avoiding bringing them as show stoppers. Clothes should do the talking. My friends do come for my shows but just as an audience. When it comes to fashion no one is allowed to barge into that territory. International designers don't use celebrities to showcase their designs. I think that's what we should do too," Malhotra said.
His collection was a tribute to Kashmir and was named 'Gulalaa and Giltoor'. It was based on the Achbal garden in Kashmir. The autumn collection showcased a storyline of the two majestic flowers deriving inspiration and character from its surroundings, its interaction with each other and its soul existence as part of nature.
The clothes made use of intricate Kashmiri embroidery and other kinds of thread work. The Indian evening wear collection featured colours of 'The Giltoor' like ivory, off white and cream and 'The Gulalaa' like red, deep pink, rust, brick hues and burnt oranges. Materials like jute, silk, his trademark fabrics net, and chiffon, as well as lace work was used in the clothing range.
"The collection is fashionable yet understated. It is a tribute to Kashmir. My inspiration came during my time there for the shoot of 'Rockstar'. That was my first visit to Kashmir and I was bowled over by the crafts. I am a lover of colours and the Kashmiri palete of colours is magnificent.
"The intricate thread and zari work, till recently were only seen in carpets and shawls. There is much more to it. It was then I decided that it should go beyond it and can be successfully transformed into high end Indian wear," said the designer who recently completed 20 years in the fashion industry. PTI