LFW S/R 2014 Opening Show: ‘A Summer Affair’ by Manish Malhotra
Name of Collection: “A Summer Affair”.
Inspiration: Romanticism that exists in today’s day and age
Description: Romance, colour, style and creativity flowed down the catwalk when Bollywood’s top designer, Manish Malhotra opened the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 season with a collection called
Summer was in full bloom as the Hotel Grand Hyatt Ballroom turned into a mini forest. Tree trunks curved elegantly along the ramp. Clumps of blossoms and creepers flowed down from the ceiling. A thick arch of gorgeous foliage was the entrance to the ramp as the ambience spelt pure romance all set for “A Summer Affair”.
Fashion for the coming season according to Manish, top image stylist and couturier for the stars, had a new style emphasis as a mélange of fabrics came together to form a perfect confluence for about 60 ensembles showcased on the runway.
Designer speak: Speaking about his collection, Manish Malhotra said, “’A Summer Affair’ is influenced by the romanticism that exists in today’s day and age… where layers and boundaries are surpassed… the young in love are distracted and are expressing their individuality. Summer 2014 for me is about the feelings and emotions this modern day romance evokes”.
Key Colours: While staying true to his favourite navy blue and grey, Manish turned more unconventional by adding shades of pink – blush to pale pink – for the collection. The designer also allowed neutral beige, white and black to complete the colour spectrum. The final line of yellow, ecru and pastel prints for both men’s and women’s wear was creatively portrayed by Manish. Sexy swing coat and pants, long gowns, high neck women’s sherwanis, as well as a tiny printed three-quarter sleeve choli worn with a luxurious lehenga were an interesting end to the show.
Fabrics & Details: Intricate Chantilly lace, translucent georgette, sheer organza, sensuous cotton tulle with a creative addition of white thread embroidery and shimmer blended in perfect harmony for the garments that were ideal for sultry summer soirees. It was a romantic line that played lovingly with layers to present a stylish luxurious fashion statement. The concept of print-on-print, overlapping embellishments and tonal hues gave the ensembles a creative direction in the art of fine dressing.
For women’s wear Manish teamed cute boleros with striking kurtas, while summery skirts that kissed the floor had practical pockets and comfy slim pants were great additions. Adding visible zips to the pre- stitched saris and cholis, Manish turned the 6-yard wonder into statement pieces that will delight the unconventional dressers.
The dress kurta with the cinched waist was constant and so was the white embroidery in myriad designs. Sheer tank tops appeared over kurtas while wide pleated palazzos looked ravishing under long covers in Chantilly lace. For detailing there were tiny collars that crept on to kurtas and cholis.
For men’s wear, prints were in a profusion of colours, along with tonal embroidery and layers for different jackets. Printed sherwanis were totally replaced by the tonal Bundies and bundgalas to complete the look.
Bringing a style direction for men, Manish turned the popular kurtas into shirt-kurtas for lazy summer lounging and teamed them with cotton and linen trousers instead of the restricting churidars.
Showstopper: Bollywood’s current hot star Sonaakshi Sinha got a standing ovation as she made a graceful entry in a long floor kissing sheer black kurta with stunning white embroidery to set the mood of the very delicate ethereal collection.
Front Row: The completely packed show included personalities like Kangana Ranaut, Kajol Devgan with sister Tanisha Mukherjee, Sonali Bendre, Urmila Matondkar, Ameesha Patel, Zarine Khan and Zayed Khan, Lisa Haydon, Sophie Ch0udry, Esha Gupta, Richa Chaddha, Swara Bhaskar, Tusshar Kapoor, Punit Malhotra, Hard Kaur, Gaurav and Pratima Bhatia, Queenie Singh, Roohi Jaikishan and Natasha Poonawala to name a few.
Where to buy: ‘A Summer Affair’ by Manish Malhotra will be available at his new stores in Mumbai and New Delhi.
Verdict: Manish gave a perfect kick start to the fashion extravaganza with his soft, feminine and romantic collection. The summer skirt lehengas with pockets, Dress -styled kurtas and easy slim pants would definitely be our picks from the collection. The peachy pink bandhgala for men is a must have for this spring summer.
For lovers of romance and alluring fashion, “A Summer Affair” by Manish Malhotra was an unforgettable grand opening for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.