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Designer Manish Malhotra presented Zween, his latest Haute Couture 2018 ‘19 collection over a private showcase in Mumbai

ONCE again, designer Manish Malhotra floored the audience with his spectacular couture show ZWEEN, held at JW Marriott Juhu, Mumbai. Revolutionising contemporary fashion through his designer lens, Manish Malhotra’s collection, Zween, (which means beautiful in Arabic), brought Middle Eastern-style mysticism and glamour to life.   

Mythical winged Arabian horses in 3-D embellishments, vibrant tassels and feathers, swirls of sequins and Swarovski crystals, along with intricate floral threadwork embroidery – all came together to weave a sensuous tapestry of Arabian culture. In sync with signature Manish Malhotrastyle – ensembles in silks, organza, velvet and net fabrics were seen in exquisite shades of rustic orange, sandy gold, olive green, elegant ivory, soothing lavender and tropical blue.

Voluminous lehengas with ruffled bouffant blouses, kaftans with cigarette pants, saris with off-shoulder blouses, and embellished gowns with cinched waists showcased sensuous, feminine styles for the millennial bride. The classic anarkali silhouette turned a modern spin with a contemporary corset bustier. Faux feather purses, pill box clutches, and embroidered masks added the perfect touch of mystique to the garments. 

Men wore structured sherwanis contrasted with printed kurtas, paired with flared formal trousers. Western jackets were given Oriental-style, old-school flair with satin lapels in luxurious fabrics of velvet, satin and silk. Each piece accentuated the intricacy of embroidered threadwork, mythological animal motifs and geometrical prints, in dreamy shades of ivory, black and teal.

Speaking at the occasion, Malhotra, says, “This year is a special milestone, as my label commemorates 13 glorious years. My new collection, Zween, highlights the beauty and splendour of the Middle East, a culture I have long been fascinated with. I have sought inspiration from the region’s stunning mystical elements, albeit in a new, contemporary light with trendsetting styles for millennials across the globe.”   

Sharad Puri, general manager, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu said, “We feel privileged to host Manish Malhotra’s first ever couture show in Mumbai at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu. It was a delight to be a part of the glamour and elegance of haute couture come alive with the finest fashion showcase. The iconic grand staircase adjoining Lotus Café made for a perfect runway complementing Manish’s magnificent exhibit. JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu is today Bollywood’s most preferred luxury hotel in the city owing to grand collaborations like these.”

Delighted to come on board as jewellery partners, Titu Jain of Moti Jewels Palace, New Delhi says, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Manish Malhotra again this time. His deep understanding of design and luxury compliments our love and passion for unique and handcrafted designs in jewellery.”

Adorned in a printed black sherwani, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan walked the ramp with the stunning Katrina Kaif by his side, wearing an olive green embroidered lehenga. Guests such as Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Shabana Azmi, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter, Manushi Chillar, Nushrat Bharucha and Atiya Shetty, to name a few – graced the front row.

Zween, the new couture collection is available at Manish Malhotra stores in Mumbai and New Delhi.
Mumbai store: 3-5 Vishnudham CHS, Corner of 14th Road & Linking Road, Khar West, Mumbai 52
New Delhi store: Ambawatta One, H 5/1 Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi 30