A Quick Ten with the Indian Fashion Czar – Manish Malhotra

For over 2 decades, Manish Malhotra has ruled the Indian fashion circuit and has been considered as a pioneer of modern Indian fashion. He is all set to send the audience in a trance at the Lakme Fashion Week tonight, with his upcoming collection, Bombay Talkies that pays tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema. As newcomers Ayushmann Khurrana, Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra gear up to walk the ramp for him, an elated Manish spares time from his packed schedule for a round of rapid fire. Read on for a super fun interview with Manish Malhotra.

A sketch from Manish Malhotra's Bombay Talkies collection for LFW

A sketch from Manish Malhotra’s Bombay Talkies collection for LFW

1) A timeless fashion rule

Keep it simple and let the garment do the talking. Always wear high heels as it betters your posture and also adds to the glamour of the clothing.

2) Contemporary designers whose work you admire

Tom Ford and Ermenegildo Zegna.

3) Must haves in the Indian wardrobe for women

Classic floor length Anarkalis which can be worn to any traditional event as well as the red carpet and which have the classic old glory blended with a modern silhouette.

4) ‘DON’T’ rules that Indian women should swear by

Wearing a busy outfit and over accessorizing it with chunky, unnecessary jewellery.

5) Huge celeb fashion mistakes

I always thought over-sized bell-bottoms were a huge mistake for anybody.

6) Fashion tips for the modern Indian woman

Always try to mix traditional colours with modern pop colours that will add that perfect zest of life to any outfit.

7) Films (you’ve designed for) that are close to your heart

Jab We Met, Student of the year and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.

8) Celebrities from the West whom you think would look good in your outfits


9) Words that define Indian ethnic fashion for you?

My motto is to bring all the forgotten crafts to the foreground. There are so many beautiful traditions in India and people aren’t aware of them simply because nobody has shed light on these practices. I want to work with these forms and promote them by making them so popular that people will actually fall in love with these crafts all over again and help smaller parts of India grow. This in my opinion is the best way to bridge the gap between the traditional and modern art forms.

10) Favourite muses

The Kapoor sisters and Priyanka Chopra.


As told to Vijayalakshmi Narayanan.

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