Manish Malhotra’s opening show for Lakmé Fashion Week 2020 was all about old-world opulence

Pratishtha Rana
Last night, fashion designer Manish Malhotra raised the curtains of the digital-first, season-fluid Lakmé Fashion Week 2020, with his much-anticipated couture film ‘Ruhaaniyat’ that was livestreamed.
Malhotra stunned the audience not just with his flawless, ultra-luxurious wedding-festive couture, but a surprise appearance by Bollywood’s heartthrob Kartik Aryan.
Kartik Aaryan in Manish Malhotra
Kartik Aaryan in Manish Malhotra
The Love Aaj Kal star was a view to behold, dressed in a handcrafted collared sherwani, inspired from the Mughal dynasty era. The sherwani was tailored to fit in zardozi and zari old-world embroidery, and took about six months to create.
Although every bit of Aryan’s ensemble screams luxury and vintage charm, the styling made him look like a nawab of the modern times. He had layered his beige-golden outfit with a stellar green emerald neckpiece and a long-trailing, shawl-like zari embroidered drape. Aaryan’s tousled long hair and scruffy beard look was a welcome change for the netizens, who lauded his impressive act in the fashion film.
Deepti Gujral in Manish Malhotra outfit at digital Lakmé Fashion Week 2020
Model Deepti Gujral in Manish Malhotra outfit at LFW 2020
Manish Malhotra himself directed and staged the entire video – a successful attempt at paying tribute to the Indian craftsmen and their glorious craft. It was a fundraising opening show that marked ten years of Malhotra’s association with the Mijwan Foundation, founded by Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi, which is now headed by his daughter and actress Shabana Azmi.
The Mijwan artisans behind making Ruhaaniyat have revived the sartorial elegance of the old times. They have used the fabrics and techniques from Punjab, Awadh and Kutch, evident in the heavy embellishments, embroidery, zari borders and a rich-subtle colour palette.
Manish Malhotra presents Ruhaaniyat at Lakmé Fashion Week 2020
Manish Malhotra presents Ruhaaniyat at digital Lakmé Fashion Week 2020
Manish Malhotra presents Ruhaaniyat at digital Lakmé Fashion Week 2020
Manish Malhotra presents Ruhaaniyat, wedding-festive couture at Lakmé Fashion Week 2020
The collection consists of festive menswear and womenswear – from stunning long and short kurtas, khada dupattas, ghararas, lehenga-choli and izar salwars to Jama angarakhas, heavy embroidered shawls and pastel-hued men’s kurtas.
Ruhaaniyat is now available at Manish Malhotra flagship store in Delhi. It will soon be available at the brand’s Hyderabad and Mumbai stores.

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