(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) This creative genius needs little introduction. When he made his foray into Bollywood over two decades ago, the Indian film industry was going through a dry spell.
Fashion had taken a back-seat, and style was as good as gone.
In fact, the fashion police was close to writing off B-town for its flawed experiments with the many tacky and garish outfits that jarred the 70mm screens of cinema halls. Then, in 1995, Ram Gopal Varma's Rangeela happened, and everyone was forced to sit down and take notice.
Actress Urmila Matondkar became Bollywood's new poster girl, and her bold statement, an assertion that Indian celluloid was coming of age. But the man of the moment was Manish Malhotra, the designer responsible for this jaw-dropping makeover.
Today, he is more than just a name; he is a global brand, credited with styling some of the leading divas of both Bollywood as well as Hollywood.
The celebrity fashion designer will be coming closer home, when he will showcase his latest creations at a star-studded charity dinner organised by Trinity Investment Partners on the lawns of InterContinental Hotel Muscat on February 20, to help raise funds for local charities Dar al Atta'a and Oman Cancer Association.
In a candid interview with Muscat Daily, Malhotra promises to wow his audience in the sultanate with designs that he claims will bring along with them, a touch of India. ''I always believe that when you go to another city and present a fashion show, it must speak your language and what you represent. I represent Indian culture, and I intend to bring this to the city of Muscat through a very modernly-told story,'' says the designer, while speaking about the creations that he has planned to showcase at the gala event.
Malhotra's troupe, comprising 20 models, will display his signature style of the long kalidar lehenga with flowy cuts and colourful blocks, emerging out of his three-year-long association with the Indian state of Kashmir.
''You will get to see a lot of traditional Kashmiri thread-work and zari embroidery. The fabric and designs go from my Mumbai warehouse, and the embroidery work is done in Kashmir. The embroidery work alone takes around two to four months, after which the final designs are executed in Mumbai. I will also be displaying some pieces from Mijwan, an NGO I support with actor Shabana Azmi; these pieces will showcase the amazing chikankari work done by some very young and talented girls back home,'' says Malhotra.