Manish Malhotra displayed his prowess with mirrors as he juxtaposed vintage embroideries with new-age elements and sprinkled sizzle with Bollywood dreamboat Alia Bhatt
After seeing the work done by the NGO Mijwan Welfare Society, founded by Kaifi Azmi and run by his daughter and veteran actress Shabana, to give employment and financial support to Mijwan girls in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bollywood’s flavour of the season Parineeti Chopra decided to walk the ramp for Manish Malhotra at the WIFW. “She called up Shabanaji and asked if she could help and she instantly agreed,” says Manish.
It was as if a constellation of stars had descended! The star power that Manish Malhotra displayed at the PCJ Couture Week on Saturday night, was impressive, with the front row glittering with the stunning Suzanne Roshan, Shabana Azmi, Karan Johar, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Sheetal Mafatlal and Fashion director Madhur Bhandarkar dressed in black, the colour of the day.
Varun Bahl may be occupying prime space in newspapers for his association with Bollywood’s hit director Karan Johar for his menswear line, but what sets him apart is his continuous search for newness. It is this frantic need for something unique that has led to the birth of his couture line, India, Nouveau, which he believes is as commercially viable as it was creatively challenging. “Karan understands fashion, and is amazing to work with. He won’t be coming for my show, but is flying down for Manish (Malhotra’s) fashion extravaganza,” he says.