ALL THAT GLITTERS
Crystals, sequins and beads. Bold colours. Indo-Western cuts. Manish Malhotra designs dazzle at Dubai bride show
he tenth edition of The Bride Show Dubai opened on Tuesday with a dazzling show by leading Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra. As expected, Malhotra’s latest bridalwear collection was glamorous and colourful. His vibrant palette included flaming reds and oranges, verdant greens, festive pinks and various hues of blue with plenty of gold and glitter.
The garments combined Indo-Western silhouettes with traditional Indian embroidery and ornamentation. Silk and chiffon skirts in various cuts were coupled with sexy velvet corsets and halter tops; and long brocade jackets worn over flowing chiffon lehengas gave a new look to traditional Indian bridal wear. Also on display was a range of evening gowns and dresses for the bridal trousseau.
The garments were richly embellished
with floral motifs, gold sequins and bugle beads. As usual, the designer’s blend of colours and fabrics was eye catching. Pink roses embroidered on a blue skirt, red satin lining peeping from underneath a malachite green net dupatta and a nice interplay of various shades of pink in an outfit were typical Manish Malhotra signatures. His use of animal print panels and pleated inserts in some of the skirts and dresses was a nice touch.
Despite his rainbow palette, the designer’s showstopper was in white and gold. Bollywood star and Malhotra’s favourite muse, Urmila Matondkar, walked out in the beautifully embroidered fitted skirt and corset to enthusiastic applause from the audience.
The surprise appearance of Arjun Rampal on the ramp was greeted with even more applause. The suave modelturned-actor wore stylish stubble and a simple blue pleated sherwani with a maroon lining.