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Manish Malhotra - WEvolve Campaign | The Maharani Diaries

Day 1 featured a mixed bag of tassels, neon prints and even frills, but all eyes were on the maestro, Manish Malhotra for the unveiling of his socially conscious blue themed collection. 

PALLAVI SINGHEE

Pallavi Singhee’s collection, titled ‘A La Suite’ featured stunning lightweight gowns in pastel shades. Her textured silhouettes had a summery feel to them with floral motifs and lots of interesting, bespoke lace detailing. There were midi dresses, culotte pants and crop tops.

Sagarika Gatke as the showstopper in an off-white organza sheer gown was a refreshing way to end the showcase. Sagarika’s open hair and black heels complemented her dreamy and free-flowing ensemble.

The youthful collection had a very western feel with delicate touches of Indian sensibilities. ‘A La Suite’ was Pallavi’s extension of her popular ‘Verb’ label which has been going strong for almost 10 years. It was another successful showing from the talented designer.

Pallavi Singhee - LFWSS15 | The Maharani Diaries

DESIGNER PALLAVI SINGHEE WITH SHOWSTOPPER, SAGARIKA ON DAY 1 OF LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2015.

YOGESH CHAUDHARY

A relative up and comer in Indian design and fashion, Yogesh Chaudhary showcased some beautiful bridal ensembles under his new collection, titled ‘Mithu.’

From the looks of it, Yogesh’s inspiration was evidently drawn from bird life. The delightful ensembles featured a vast array of different prints and materials. The hybrid sari-choli like ensemble was a real winner here. Another notable stand out was the understated, yet beautiful and elegant black sari.

Yogesh Chaudhary - LFWSS15 | The Maharani Diaries copy

DESIGNER, YOGESH CHAUDHARY.

ILK

Designer duo, Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikari showcased a somewhat romantic collection titled, ‘Love Me, Love Me Not’ for their ‘ILK‘ label. 

Their designs often reflect a grunge like feel to them. However, on this occasion their garments looked anything but grunge. The 3D textures, monochromatic prints, floral motifs and frills were a standout. The bespoke collection featured contrasting colours and the addition of the textures to cotton and net fabrics was simply outstanding.

MANISH MALHOTRA

Manish Malhotra is a name synonomous with Bollywood and bridal wear. His designs have been flaunted by the best in Bollywood as well as some Hollywood stars.

Manish Malhotra - LFWSS15 | The Maharani Diaries

On this particular night, Manish’s collection was all about gender equality. The message was presented in a unique manner with models holding placards reading “justice,” “equality” and “gender.” ‘The Blue Runway’ collection was showcased in association with WEvolve which is a global campaign challenging the issue of gender based violence.

The ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ like setting provided the perfect backdrop for Manish’s beautiful ensembles which featured vibrant lehenga’s in cream, yellow and blue hues and intricate thread work, mirror work and elaborate floral embroidery.

Manish Malhotra LFWSS15 | The Maharani Diaries

A Manish Malhotra runway showing in India always brings out the Bollywood stars and this time they came out in force supporting not just the designer but a worthy campaign. Hollywood actress, Rosario Dawson was also present to lend her support.

Designer Manish Malhotra with Hollywood actress, Rosaria Dawson

DESIGNER, MANISH MALHOTRA WITH HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS, ROSARIA DAWSON.

“Fashion has a comprehensive and universal appeal and can thus, be a powerful instrument to raise awareness and promote action.” – Manish Malhotra.

India’s fashion elite have once again converged on the capital to kick off another season of Lakmé Fashion Week. The lineup at the 2015, Spring Summer outing is quite possibly the strongest ever, with the likes of Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani all presenting inspiring collections.

You could say for us Aussie-Indian brides, we are fairly limited with choice when it comes to high-fashion Indian couture. We either have to turn to online shopping book a flight to India. I suppose you really have to turn to social media sometimes to discover what hidden talents are out there. I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across young designer, Kiran Lally’s Instagram account a few years back. The first thought that sprung into my mind was, “wow, an Indian fashion designer in Australia!”