What inspired this piece, and why is it special for you?
An iconic look created for Janhvi Kapoor at lsha Ambani's pre-wedding ceremony, this is as timeless and gorgeous as it gets. She dazzled in this glamorous lehenga that's intricately crafted with gold floss, metallic embellishments, and fuchsia pink dupatta which lent a vibrant touch to the overall look. This piece is a perfect melange of tradition and modernity. I love mixing elements from both worlds.
Who do you design for a.k.a. your muse?
The Manish Malhotra muse is confident, well-traveled and unapologetically glamorous. She is in sync with the latest global trends and yet, rooted in her traditional aesthetics. For someone who uses fashion to express herself, she does not shy away from experimenting with innovative designs and styles. A Manish Malhotra woman is thus, the epitome of feminine boldness, as she is effortlessly graceful one day, and breathtakingly glamorous, the other.
Tell us about your latest collection.
My latest couture collection, 'Zween', (translates to beautiful in Arabic) is inspired by the Middle East and its quintessential cultural nuances. The collection is young and vibrant, keeping in mind the festive vibe of the New Year. The sand dunes and deserts of Arabia inspire the earthy colour palette and various motifs embroidered on each ensemble I've used larger-than-life motifs of Pegasus, a winged stallion, a representative of ancient mythology with meticulous embroidery to create an exquisite 3-D effect. Glamorous elements such as vibrant tassels and feathers, swirls of sequins and Swarowski crystals, along with intricate floral thread-work embroidery come together to weave a sensuous tapestry of Arabian culture. The collection plays with soothing shades of lavender, flora that is native to the region, as well as tropical blue, a colour known to represent immortality and heaven in traditional spiritual beliefs. The classic anarkali silhouette, too, has been given a modern spin, pairing it with a contemporary corset bustier. An intricate play of bold textures, floral motifs, sharp innovative cuts and three-dimensional embroidery, Zween exudes elements of fun and modernity for the new age bride and groom.
What are some key bridal trends for 2019?
The Millennial and Xennial generations are vocal about their opinions on craftsmanship and designs. Neo-brides today are looking for more versatile and bespoke designs and tend to lean towards bold colors and constructive styles for a modern diversified look. They are opting for silhouettes and fabrics that strive to blend the perfect combination of old and new on their special day - thus, embracing tradition while letting their individuality shine through. To me, fashion is about confidence - feeling glamorous and yet comfortable in whatever one chooses to wear. This season, we see a renewed affinity for draped dupattas with ruffled bouffant blouses; sheer corset cholis paired with fitted lehengas that have 3-D embellishments. Capes and jackets can be worn kaftan style, tied with a belt. For western-style functions, embellished gowns with cinched waists are some of the key trends for millennial brides this season.
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