An eclectic melange of corporate bigwigs, socialites and the city’s who’s who at Style Extravaganza
Despite heavy traffic and it being a workday, invitees of the exclusive Style Extravaganza by The New Indian Express, in collaboration with PC Jeweller and Manish Malhotra, arrived enthusiastically for the much-anticipated cocktail reception and fashion show at the ITC Gardenia. Victor Britto, investment director, Maxus, with his beautiful wife, Sandra, Sharad Sharma, MD of the State Bank of Mysore, and Vijay Kirloskar, MD of Kirloskar Electric Company, made it to the venue well in time to catch the buzz that was all over the city during the last week.
Word was already out that Manish Malhotra’s summer collection would be ravishing, PC Jeweller’s ornaments dazzling and the show-stopper—the stunning Kangana Ranaut herself, would make a much-anticipated dramatic appearance. Perfectly timed, with her film Queen busting the box office charts. And so, over a fine array of single malts, French wines and other imported spirits, thanks to the generous Madhuloka — the Liquor Boutique—and delightful hors d’oeuvres, the swish crowd present sipped, nibbled, mingled and finally made their way into the grand ballroom to catch the show.
From Latha Reddy to Anisha Bhandary, and filmmakers such as Sapana Singh Appaiah and Malini Alkat, the buzz of conversation gradually built up, then subsided as the models began their strut down the ramp. Appaiah, who returned from Nepal just for the event, says, “The exclusivity of the event is remarkable. Of course, the regal jewellery and the classic designs by Manish Malhotra make it a very special night to remember.”
The models, both male and female, showcased Manish Malhotra’s finest designs, perfectly complemented by the incandescent jewellery from the house of PC Jeweller. Malhotra’s fresh and feminine collection included blouses, saris and lehengas in peach, cream and pink.
The men held their own with impeccably cut bandhgalas and stylish jodpuris. PC Jeweller’s dazzling pieces ranged from heavy duty diamond chandeliers to intricate Victorian pieces lightly embellished with precious stones. The necklaces made a huge impact, ranging from traditional temple-art style with chunky links to delicate layered pieces in dazzling diamonds and gold.
Off the ramp
Manish Malhotra, the ‘King of Indian Fashion’, kept Bangaloreans riveted with his latest collection, A Summer Affair. It was a collectiongeared towards the Indian bride and a stylish summer wedding. The bling was softly understated, the colours delightfully feminine, and the embroidery work, masterful. The palette moved from midnight blue and burgundy to coral, beige and cream, while light drapes in chiffon and tulle were contrasted with rich fabrics of velvet and raw silk to lend structure and texture. He also introduced interesting new embroidery techniques and motifs to the collection. The collection had a predominantly pastel palette and fine embellishment, with contemporary touches like zip saris, summer skirt lehengas with pockets, dress-style kurtas and slim pants and bandhgalas teamed with Patiala pants for men. The highlight was the choli with a well-defined bodice contrasted by a sheer net back.
— Team Indulge