manish malhotra launches winter couture 2007 collection in dubai

Published November 19th, 2007 - 09:32 GMT


manish malhotra launches winter couture 2007 collection in dubai

Designer previews exclusive Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale collection along with new bridal collection

 

Manish Malhotra, India’s leading celebrity fashion designer and style icon, unveiled his Winter Couture 2007 collection yesterday (November 18, 2007) at the Manish Malhotra Store in Jumeirah, Dubai. The designer also previewed his Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale collection along with a new set of bridal creations and a line inspired from the 70’s retro look, which he created specifically for the recently released Bollywood film ‘Om Shanti Om’. The launch in Dubai follows Manish’s successful outing at the annual Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Spring/Summer 2008, which was held at the National Center of Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai, India from October 13 to 17, 2007. Present at the launch were senior executives from the Saif Belhasa Group of Companies, celebrity guests and select customers.

In celebration of the theme, 'La Belle Epoche', Manish's line features creations that incorporate both heavy prints and embroidery on exquisitely quilted full-length jackets and shararas with stiff, high collars. The collection draws inspiration from the Art Nouveau era, with designs incorporating French touches of the time dominating the fashion pieces. The famed designer has used luxurious zardozi and resham embroidery to richly colored jackets, coats, skirts, dresses, blouses and tunics, which are sketched to appeal to his customers’ fashion style preferences ranging from vintage, contemporary chic, minimalist and eccentric.

“Designing this collection has been an exciting experience for me, as the season allows me to experiment with various texture and color combinations for my clients who will do a lot of layering to keep comfortable and counter the winter chill. Taking inspiration from the beauty of Parisian art, which I have incorporated in my newest collection, my main focus is to transcend drab winter garments and provide wearable fashion that is both modern and luxurious. It has always been a tremendous pleasure to offer visitors a peek at my latest apparels here in Dubai, which I consider to be the home of my most sophisticated and fashion-forward clients,” said Manish Malhotra.

Manish Malhotra’s collection was featured as the finale at the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week, the premier fashion event in India. In addition to his success on the ramp, the designer’s collections are also being showcased in popular Indian films currently showing at theaters in India and the Middle East. A-listed Bollywood celebrities such as Kareena Kapoor, who starred in ‘Jab We Met’; Deepika Padukone, who played the lead role in ‘Om Shanti Om’; and Madhuri Dixit, who is set to feature in the new film ‘Aaja Nach Le’, share a particular fondness for Manish Malhotra’s distinct designs. Garnering the appreciation of trendy actors in Bollywood, the famed fashion icon has decided to launch his newest collection in Dubai.

In addition to the Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale collection, Manish also showcased his new bridal collection, which features avant-garde wedding dresses designed with rich embroidery and ornamentations but keeping the traditional flair that suits the taste of the contemporary bride. Manish had earlier participated at The Bride Show Dubai 2007, during which Bollywood stars Urmila Matondkar and Arjun Rampal led models on the ramp to showcase his collection. The launch of his new bridal collection is expected to create a stir within the fashion community, with the wedding season soon to hit the region.

Manish Malhotra has been dubbed the Badshah (King) of Bollywood Couture and has designed costumes for some of the biggest Bollywood movies, including most recently for ‘Om Shanti Om’, a film that many critics expect to be the mega-hit of 2008. The film features Manish’ creations, which cross from the intricately designed costumes based on the 70’s retro look and the modern and sleek apparels, which the characters of the present day wore. With the projected blockbuster success of the film, the massive exposure the movie has generated is expected to attract the attention of fashion conscious youth in Dubai.

“The name Manish Malhotra has been a brand that is tantamount to luxurious apparels incorporating the best of traditional Indian, Arabian and contemporary style. His seasonal collections have caught the attention of the fashion world, with his flair to combine ethnic chic, sensual elegance and relaxed glamour within all his signature pieces. Customers from across the UAE and other GCC countries has developed a fondness for his designs, making his boutique one of the most visited fashion houses in Dubai,” said Sarah Saif Belhasa, Vice Chairman, Saif Belhasa Group.

With over 16 years in the industry, Manish Malhotra has received 22 prestigious awards and has a clientele that includes leading stars in India and Hollywood such as Reese Witherspoon, who has worn Manish’s creations in the film Vanity Fair; Michael Jackson, Jean Claude Van Damme and Naomi Campbell. The Manish Malhotra Store is located in Jumeirah and was launched in 2006 by the designer and Saif Belhasa Group of Companies. Featuring luxurious garments and accessories for Indian, Arabic and Western clients, the upscale boutique also carries the trademark Manish Malhotra skirts, tunics, corsets, kurtas, sarees and dresses in bright colors and prints along with a range of designer shelas, abhayas and jalabiyas.
 


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