Three decades after naming the biggest stars and the most luxurious films, Manish Malhotra’s career is stronger and more stellar than ever. It has come a long way from the style of films like Rangeela and Raja Hindustani. Today he is much more than an expert in costume; it is the final word on the way when it comes to India. His brand and image as a fashion icon has transcended everything that India has witnessed before. Whether it’s the West, the East or any other place in, Bollywood and the Indian way can not be expressed without the mention of Manish Malhotra. In an honest interview, the iconic designer and stylist recalls the ups and downs of a career in glamor and glamor …
What are the most challenging movies you have designed?
Definitely my early years with Rangeela, Raja Hindustani, Dil To Pagal Hai … because they were over fixing a new brand – discussing hair and makeup and putting it through their point of view as a designer was difficult those days. Also, during Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK), we had no assistants. I would like to go buy Shah Rukh Khan and Karan (Johar) would help me in the accessories. KANK had a huge cast that included Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Abhishek Bachchan and others. My memories of that movie are hours and hours of walking, buying clothes, making alterations at night and so on. It was one of the most difficult films of my career. He would also name Mughal-e-Azam, the play. I had never designed for a play, which also 550 suits in a month.
What assignments do you consider a ride?
I like to do difficult things. This is my 27 year old and I continue designing for movies. I recently designed for Alia Bhatt at Badrinath Ki Dulhania, I am designing for Jacqueline Fernandez at Judwaa 2. I also designed Sridevi’s outfits at Mom. Young people like Alia and Jhanvi Kapoor like to wear my clothes. My business is now a 100 crore label. It has been hard; has been about dedication. There is nothing else I love beyond my work.
It is the first time that a designer makes the grand finale in India Couture Week, as well as the Fashion Week in a span of weeks …
I did it within two weeks. Both the shows, in addition to all trends, had fabulous ensembles and music. I have many more 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 started designing gowns two years ago. This year, I started with cocktail dresses, men’s suits and night vests. We are trying to change the perception of Indian haute couture. There is much more than the red and gold shaadi costumes. I am excited about the expansion and the huge office we have taken to corporatise the etiquette. By the end of this year, I’m releasing a pret label, which will be showcased in many stores. My Delhi store, which is a 9000 square foot place, will be expanded to 15,000 square meters in January 2018. I am also looking to open stores in Hyderabad, London and Dubai next year.
You are the favorite of the stars. What do you have to say about your relationship with them?
I love being part of the industry. He gave me a name, a lifestyle, friends. I am grateful and overwhelmed by all the respect and love that the stars have for me. My heart swells when younger stars wear my clothes and give me respect.
Who are, in your opinion, the best style stars?
Young women have good knowledge about fashion. Like Kangana Ranaut has worked well in his style and so have Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt. What I like about Alia is that there is a story of what she’s wearing on red carpet and events. But she never surpasses herself. There are actors, who are both about fashion and so little about their movies. If you notice the international actors, they are naturally intelligent and well dressed. They know their haute couture and haute couture fashion well. They do not speak openly about what they are wearing or who they are wearing. For me the style of a person is about their love and passion for their work. So I would say that Alia is the most elegant.
What is your only fashion advice for young stars?
The style is about being yourself, knowing who you are, it’s about transportation. Style is not about talking about what and who gets along. I’m attracted to people who know each other and get along easily. That is attractive and elegant.
What are your favorite trends of the season?
I like global influence, I like drama. Indian clothes are becoming increasingly glamorous because we have so much texture, luxury, color in our culture. In fact, this year was the first year that I disguised the Miss India contest in the last segment of coronation. I came up with the idea of dressing in India and it looked great. I enjoy the.
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