Empty Frames: Manish Malhotra disappoints at ICW 2014

Manish Malhotra puts up a disappointing show with familiar silhouettes and depressing colours at the India Couture Week 2014

Written by Somya Lakhani | Updated: July 22, 2014 11:12:51 am
Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor with Manish Malhotra Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor with Manish Malhotra

In the world of fashion, there are a few things that one takes for granted. It’s obvious that Mumbai designer Manish Malhotra’s show will be late by at least two hours; and that there will be a sprinkling of Bollywood beauties on and off the ramp. He never proves us wrong and Saturday night was no different.

Three ramps, sofa seating, empty photo frames and flickering candles greeted us and then began a very long wait. Now only if the wait was truly worth it. Titled “Portraits”, Malhotra’s extensive couture collection left us disappointed and unsatisfied. Gold dust was the chosen colour of the collection, evidently; and models sashayed down the runway in voluminous lehengas with full sleeved blouses adorned with vintage zari work and mirrors. Long coats with churidars and kurtas, short velvet coats, saris, khulla pyjama with kurtas and short, sleeveless jackets in silk, tulle and velvet were a part of the range too.

Malhotra is unabashedly bridal in his approach and there were enough reds in “Portraits” with vintage yellow gold work on it. Beige, maroon, emerald green, purple, pink and dark blue formed the colour palette. We were  happy to spot a Peter Pan collar on a blouse. Apart from that, Alia Bhatt in a red and gold lehenga and Aditya Roy Kapoor in a gold embroidered sherwani put a smile on our face.

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