Manish Malhotra delivered a beautiful collection on Day 3 of WIFW. Gone were the velvet trimmings and flamenco inspirations from last season. This time the collection was rooted firmly in India, drawing from the chikankari and embroidery traditions of Kashmir in Northern India.
The collection was an extension of the one Malhotra showed at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai last month, albeit a more restrained one to reflect the Autumn/Winter season. A palette of cream and beige predominated, accented by shades of burgundy, burnt orange and pink. In addition to the chikankari details, a style of embroidery done in white thread, were touches of crochet and lace. But the focal point of the collection was the stunning floral embroidery on the saris, anarkalis and lehengas that truly reflected the craft heritage of Kashmir. Focusing on the unique handcraft traditions of India and keeping the collection focused on Indian silhouettes was definitely a move in the right direction for the designer.
Images courtesy of: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
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