Fashion designer Manish Malhotra presented his festive collection celebrating the centenary of Indian cinema at an annual gala at Grosvenor House here Sept. 28.
Bollywood actresses Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta walked the ramp for the designer, while British Indian director Gurinder Chadha, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, actor Fardeen Khan and his wife Natasha, and Rekha Tourani graced the event.
An ardent fan of the movies, Malhotra recreated the magic of past decades for the runway. The collection was inspired by eras of fashion in Indian cinema, from 1913 to 2013. It paid homage to the distinctive sartorial identity of every iconic period in Indian cinema.
Speaking about his love for cinema and passion for fashion, Malhotra said, “Cinema has been a part of my life and work for 23 years now, and the essence of it reflects in my creations.
“When I got this meaningful opportunity to celebrate 100 years of cinema, I had to embrace it and showcase a memorable collection reflecting my equal love for cinema and fashion.”
The collection had simple and clean cuts, making it relevant to a specific vintage, yet was wearable and stylish, too. Embellishments included sequins and Kashmiri embroidery.
The color palette chosen by Malhotra ranged from black and white, which reflected the earlier years, to an array of deep, summer hues on chiffon, georgette, silk and net fabrics.
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