Manish Malhotra’s autumn evening wear is a combination of western influences like crochet and lace and traditional Indian crafts like chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery. The designer showcased his autumn/winter line at the recent Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2011 after a gap of five years. The collection had a wide range of kalidar lehengas, anarkali suits and saris in breezy nets, chiffons and georgettes with intricate embroideries, along with pearl and Swarovski embellishments. The women’s line had colors like ivory, pink, off -white, cream, rust, brick red and burnt orange. There were kurtas,bandhgalas and sherwanis in rich textures of jute and tussar silk to offer in menswear. For men, the collection has colors like beige, rust, khaki, navy blue and brick red. The designer’s anarkalis and saris are much in evidence but instead of velvet and gota borders, he has used colorful thread embroidery and crotchet/lace borders. Fabrics are mainly net with some khadi silk.
The bridal anarkalis are in dazzling colors and flashy cuts and are coupled with wide leg trousers. Nude net saris were used with embellishments and Kashmiri embroidery around the bust and waist of models.