Malhotra’s fashion fantasy

Revealing his interpretations of the high performance long wear makeup range, Lakmé ABSOLUTE, designer Manish Malhotra displayed his creative skills by showing garments of ultimate beauty and style at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011Grand Finale. He showcased a collection that was glamorous and sophisticated, with a soul that was Indian.

Malhotra’s Indian and western creations comprised swirling panelled lehengas, amazingly constructed cholis, superb saris and serene avant garde gowns. Each creation was a dream to behold as silver and resham embroidery covered the ensembles in a brilliant manner. Rich fabrics like, lace, chiffon, silk, net, velvet in primary shades of white and candy floss pink were teamed with black, wine, gold, pale grey, metallics and cherry red. Gowns were sexy with plunging ‘V’ necks and molded to the body and flared into dozens of panels.

Sheer net appeared for kalidar covers, which were draped over luxuriously opulent skirts making the ensembles ideal bridal wear. Men’s wear was formal with sherwanis, some with wide cuffs, long smock coats at times pleated or gathered - were at others times lean and layered over kurtas. The color story was masculine with black grey, white and wine with a hint of fuchsia for collars and cuffs. At the end of the stunning display by 49 models the lights dimmed, the music rose to a crescendo as Kareena Kapoor the face of Lakmé ABSOLUTE took the ramp in a fabulous white layered lace, silk, net gown with a shimmering bodice.