I like a global influence, I like the drama. Indian clothes are becoming more and more glamorous because we have so much texture, luxury, colour in our culture. In fact, this year was the first year that I dressed up the Miss India pageant in the last crowning segment. I came up with the idea of dressing them up in Indian and it looked phenomenal. I enjoy the glamour of shimmer, tassels, fringes, feathers, and people are enjoying it too.
Widely considered to be one of the best designers in India today, Manish Malhotra has revolutionized the fashion industry for more than two decades. He has re-defined Indian textiles, empowered regional craftsmen and harmonized traditional silhouettes seamlessly with contemporary luxury. He is a winner of the IIFA Award for Best Costume Design.
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I’m a private person. My mantra is to stay focussed on myself. I don’t look at other people’s work. I thank God and the Universe for having done so much work – movies, weddings, collections and fashion shows all over the world. I feel blessed to have more work than I can handle.
I love retro! Nargisji’s costumes, the art décor and set design of Mughal-E-Azam and Pakeezah. I am a huge fan of Zeenat Aman, Rekha, Meena Kumari, Mumtaz, how they took elements and made it their own. Like Mumtaz made orange famous, Yash Chopra’s films made white famous. I miss all that in today’s era. I’m fascinated by Nargisji’s beauty in Andaz (1949). Her style is amazing.
The young girls have good knowledge about fashion. Like Kangana Ranaut has worked well on her style and so have Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt. What I like about Alia is that there’s a story to what she wears at red carpet and events. But she never overdoes it. There are actors, who are so much about fashion and so little about their movies. If you notice international actors, they’re naturally smart and well-dressed. They know their couture and high-street fashion well. They don’t overtly speak about what they are wearing or who they are wearing. For me a style of a person is about their love and passion for their work. So I’d say Alia is the most stylish.
Definitely my initial years with Rangeela, Raja Hindustani, Dil To Pagal Hai… because they were about setting a new mark – discussing hair and make-up and putting across your point of view as a designer was difficult those days. Also, during Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK), we didn’t have assistants. I’d go and shop for Shah Rukh Khan and Karan (Johar) would help me in the fittings. KANK had a huge cast comprising Mr Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Abhishek Bachchan et al. My memories of that film are about hours and hours of walking, sourcing clothes, alterations being done at night and so on. It was one of the most difficult films of my career. I’d also name Mughal-e-Azam, the play. I’d never designed for a play, that too 550 costumes in a month.
I enjoy doing difficult things. This is my 27th year and I continue to design for movies. Recently, I designed for Alia Bhatt in Badrinath Ki Dulhania, I’m designing for Jacqueline Fernandez in Judwaa 2. I also designed Sridevi’s costumes in Mom. Youngsters like Alia and Jhanvi Kapoor like wearing my clothes. My business is now a 100 crore label. It’s been tough; it’s been about single-minded dedication. There’s nothing else I love beyond my work.It’s the first time that a designer did the grand finale at the India Couture Week as well as the Fashion Week in a span of weeks. I did them in the span of two weeks. Both the shows, besides trending all over, had fabulous sets and music. I have many more such things ahead as a designer and as a label. The brand has completed 12 years. I want to diversify my label. That’s why I began designing gowns two years ago. This year, I started with cocktail dresses, men suits and evening vests. We’re trying to change the perception of Indian couture. There’s a lot more to it than just the red and gold shaadi outfits. I’m excited about the expansion and the huge office that we’ve taken to corporatise the label. By the end of this year, I’m launching a pret label, which will be showcased in many stores. My Delhi store, which is a 9000 sq ft place, will expand to 15000 square feet by January 2018. I’m also looking to open stores in Hyderabad, ...
Given the times we live in today, all of us irrespective of which side of the demand-supply spectrum we fall on, must adopt a mindful world-view. At Manish Malhotra, we look at sustainability from the point of view of empowering artisans and spotlighting traditional Indian techniques.
I feel the fashion industry is seeing a fundamental transformation in today’s day and age on how we create, consume, and communicate about fashion. People are becoming vocal with their opinions on craftsmanship and designs we showcase or the national and international influencers we dress. The consumer landscape is truly changing thanks to social media. Luxury is today as much about the experience/the story as it is about the product.
Manish Malhotra needs no introduction in the fashion sphere. From designing costumes in movies like Om Shanti Om and Dhadak to showcasing his work on the biggest runways, his name is synonymous with Indian fashion. His recognition is about to move beyond his field of expertise as Manish is now collaborating with MyGlamm for a makeup collection. European makeup brand MyGlamm has announced the designer collaboration just in time for the party season. Known as Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup, the collection promises plenty of shimmer and sparkle to liven up your holiday looks. On his makeup collaboration with MyGlamm, Manish says, “If you look good, you feel good, so beauty is a huge confidence builder. My design philosophy has always been about celebrating glamour. This Haute Couture line is accessible to every woman out there and makes it easy to get gorgeous in no time.”