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published time By Sonali Velinker Kamat published time 02 Aug, 2013 Share image 0 Shares

As Manish Malhotra takes the capital by storm, Sonali Velinker Kamat gets in on the action… presents an exclusive insider’s view of fittings for the designer’s Delhi Couture Week finale show.

In a galaxy of stars, fashion designer Manish Malhotra is no moon. Unlike so many others who live on borrowed sunshine courtesy their Bollywood buddies, Manish shines his own light. His is the glow and glory that only hard work and consistent passion can provide. It comes as no surprise then that Mumbai-based Malhotra has been chosen to close Delhi Couture Week (DCW) and open Lakmé Fashion Week this year — the finale and first show being the most sought after slots on any fashion calendar.

Between airport runs and runway rehearsals, Manish hardly has a minute to slow down and soak in his success. A gaggle of gorgeous models surround him at fittings for his DCW finale show, scheduled for August 4. Resplendent reds and bold blue hues are the order of the day and though Manish is too busy working to admire his own work, we’re happy to report that this is one of his most impressive collections yet.

Impeccably embroidered couture creations weigh down reed-thin ramp regulars including Carol Gracias. More masterpieces line the racks. In a queue below the overwhelming outfits is an array of red-soled shoes by acclaimed French footwear designer Christian Louboutin. As Manish tells us about these wonderful wedges, he allows himself a moment to gloat. “Louboutin loved my show celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema. He has created this line of shoes especially for my show.” The association itself is an honour.

Clearly, it isn’t just Louboutin who appreciates the Manish Malhotra label. With a new store set to up its shutters in New Delhi on August 9, Bollywood’s best-loved designer is claiming the capital. “Doing the finale in Delhi and then opening up a store here immediately after says everything there is to say about how my designs are being received here,” Manish tells “The store itself is housed in a vintage space — an old haveli that is so charming. It will be the first of its kind in India,” he adds.

For now, however, until after his August 4 Couture Week outing, Manish is singularly focused on putting on a fabulous finale show. “To create a 1930s setting, vintage chairs will be placed at the venue. The models will walk through the audience and everything from the music to the flowers and the set design will be reminiscent of the old world,” says the dapper designer. The collection itself has a cross-cultural feel, showcasing British influences on Indian wear in the Thirties and Forties. Expect velvet, net and Chantilly lace aplenty — delivered in Manish’s signature style. Besides, with the drop-dead gorgeous Deepika Padukone walking the ramp on the night in question, there’s no doubt Delhi will be dazzled.