Elegance in Style

My Mother is Very Elegant: Manish Malhotra

Fashion designer Manish Malhotra announced on 26th Feb.,2015 that he would take a leading role at Lakmé Fashion Week which launches WEvolve, a global campaign that empowers young men and  women to challenge norms that lead to gender violence.

This big show featuring The Blue Fashion Runway is a part of Lakmé Fashion Week’s 15 year celebrations. The global WEvolve campaign focuses on the worldwide problem of gender  violence. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 35 percent  of women worldwide, over one billion women, have or will experience  either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against men is both under-researched and  under-reported.

Manish Malhotra and his work will be showcased in WEvolve’s Blue  Fashion Runway show on March 18. The best runway faces, popular
celebrities and leading personalities from Bollywood and beyond will unite on this critical issue while celebrating the promise of a better

While announcing it, Manish Malhotra gave a preview of his collection for Lakme’ Fashion Week to the media. We present here part of conversation with him with Fashion & Style Buzz team:-

Q: What is elegance to you?
MM: Elegance to me is when it does not scream, it is not crying for attention. It is a believe and courage and I feel that when you are beautiful and you feel beautiful, the true elegance is what you are, comes through.it doesn’t have to be something just screaming out, you know, so if you are wearing a beautiful neck-piece then let the necklace take over, wearing minimalistic earrings. If its a outfit which is very embroidered, over the top, cool it down with make up. Let one element takes center focus. And I think that being comfortable , not screaming and not seeking too much attention is elegance.
Q. Whom do you think is elegant?
MM: My mother is very elegant. I think, ummm, there are many women who are very elegant, it need not to be a celebrity, even from day to day walks of life, there are many elegant women. I think, the 50s & 60s era of Bollywood to me is the Indian fashion element which the most beautiful. Everything was very precise, everything was very neat. I really like that era. Like Sadhna , Madhubala, I am very influenced with that era.
Q: And does that reflect in your creations?
MM: I try to. I definitely do try to.
Q: Last year you predicted Gharara & Sharara is going to be big, and it came in vogue. What’s your prediction for this year?
MM: Yellow is going to big this year; different blues are going to be big this year. I prefer blue to black. Gharara & Sharara will still have important place in outfits.  I do lots of blue since last 2 year. Its goes well with my designing, it’s a colour which is going to stay. Blue yellow & ivory are going to be colour for this season.

Manish Malhotra's Preview for Lakme' Fashion Week
Manish Malhotra’s Preview for Lakme’ Fashion Week
Sonalika Sahay in Ivory, Yellow & Indigo Blue Dress paired with Indigo Blue Palazzos
Sonalika Sahay in Ivory, Yellow & Indigo Blue Dress paired with Indigo Blue Palazzos
Manish Malhotra's Preview for LFW, Model Sonalika Sahay & Bee Suri Donning Blue & Yellow colours
Manish Malhotra’s Preview for LFW, Model Sonalika Sahay & Bee Suri Donning Blue & Yellow colours

Q: Your name is synonym to a designing school. What is it that make you The Manish Malhotra?
MM: My journey has been very different. I began with costumes, then I learnt a lot during my work, from costume to mainstream. Now I have larger than life stores, huge clientele, it means there is something I am doing right, besides all the hardwork.

Q: You have worked with all leading actresses of Bollywood. Karishma & Urmila vouch for your designs.What is it that makes them so comfortable with you?
MM: I don’t know that. What clicks with me is that I don’t take my friendship for granted. I have very old relationships, but I consistently work hard, I never take our friendship for granted. See till date for any appointment, I have never told anyone that ‘Sorry yaar, I am going to be late’. That I never do. I think the respect I give to time, to people, it’s something that they like.
It’s their belief in me and my consisted working hard, and changing with time. I have changed with time, for better I think, don’t you also think so.

Q: Given a chance to create a dress for Madhubala, Sadhna, Wahida Rehman, Vaijayanti Mala,whom will you choose?
MM: I had a privilege of working with Wahida Rehman. Sadhna ji has certainly been very beautiful & elegant. Madhubala is not alive. I think in today’s time I would love to create dress for Wahida Rehman ji.

Manish Malhotra, Saket Dhankar (Head IMG Reliance), Purnima Lamba (Head Innovations,Lakme')
Manish Malhotra, Saket Dhankar (Head IMG Reliance), Purnima Lamba (Head Innovations,Lakme’)

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