The stage was divided into two parts with a shimmery curtain. Manish’s men and women walked on the two sides mirroring each other’s looks beautifully hence the theme of the collection – Reflection. The highlight of the show was definitely the peppy background music which was a mix of Hindustani classical with Kathak beats and house, which added dynamism and gravitas to the looks.
The opening models were seen in muted ensembles colour blocked with corals, metallic and jewel tones. The primary influences were from Rajasthan and Kutch – the mirror work embellishments, colour blocking, and a moody palette of deep green, dark beige and mustard. Featuring textured silks, bright and saturated colours with zari and thread work – the collection was aimed at a bride who wants to have fun in the run up to her wedding day – mehendi, sangeet and cocktail.
The ghagra pants and koti tops added another dimension to the show which also had Manish’s signature elements like tassels, anarkali lehengas and Patiala salwars and dhotis.
A pleated lehenga with sheer sleeves with jewel toned and pin-tuck detailing was one of my fave looks. In fact men’s collection stood out even more as they walked wearing patchwork badhgalas in midnight blue and jewel-tones with dhotis. All in all a glamorous start to the LFW Festive.