Manish Malhotra talks design


Manish Malhotra talks design

A sketch from the designer's Lakmé Fashion Week collection

By Shruti Thacker  March 11th, 2014

“I love the idea of mixing vintage and modern,” says Manish Malhotra, on the show that opened Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. For his collection, ‘Summer Affair’, Malhotra takes the age-old sari and gives it a contemporary twist – unlike any of the pre-stitched saris you’ve seen before. “I have done pre-stitched saris, for Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and for Alia Bhatt for the upcoming 2 States,” he explains.  But this time is different. “The pallu is shorter and the zipper is highlighted, like in a pair of trousers or a kurta,” he adds. Malhotra likens the highlighted zip of the sari to modern-day relationships and the emotions of the young.  “They speak their mind, there’s nothing that’s hidden there. I find this very beautiful.”

Romance, in fact, is a theme that runs through the collection. The colours are softer – think plum pink, light green and beige; the fabrics like tulle and lace are fluid and the embroideries of zardosi and aari are subtle with a complete absence of gold and silver. The silhouettes retain the sexiness we saw in his Winter/Festive 2013 collection: expect low backs, in-cuts and slim trousers. Malhotra has also played the gender game with a sherwani for women to be paired with ankle-length trousers. And of course, that mix of vintage cuts with a contemporary feel. “For me, this summer is a lot about the richness of the garment.”