March 21, 2021 Asmita Aggarwal

Streak of Optimism

Brides won’t compromise on regalia, and Manish Malhotra wants to give them unbridled glam

By Asmita Aggarwal

If the world is grappling with tension and a sense of uncertainty Manish Malhotra would rather celebrate the present, live in the “now” and that’s why he offered a heavy dose of shimmer, complete with a veil and trail.

Forget frugality, the Mumbai-based designer even had runway glistening with sparkle, as he let sling bags stop at the waist for maximum mobility. Men, on the other hand, wore charcoal kurtas offset with creamy jackets and he let the shining lapels be the showstoppers as folk songs played in the background.

The nose rings, polki headbands and maang-tikkas as well as cocktail rings emerged as well as ‘almost’ backless cholis and lunchbox potlis. Manish has always believed in going all out or nothing at all and this time it was no different. Arches converted into embroideries resembling Mughal architecture and racer back cholis along with faux feather trimmings on sleeves accelerated the glam factor.

Pearl chokers with abundance of gold and silvery touches met John Lennon shades as embroidered deer frolicked on sherwanis with an interplay of dark and light palette. Manish maintained the grandiosity as knows brides want it all on their D day and when they come to him he will no stone unturned to give a bejewelled impact.

And for a few adventure seekers the backs got a bit more risqué and trails became longer when Kiara Advani swept us off with the dreamboat Kartik Aryan sporting a megawatt smile in an asymmetric kurta holding hands. Unfortunately, the applause was missing as Covid has ensured all communication is restricted through our screens. Can Bollywood uplift our broken spirits, “yes”, but the solution will be far greater than just a sprinkle of fairy dust to secure our future!

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