by Nina Manuel : One of my favorite clothing-related memories (of which I have many!) is wearing a super sexy, one-shoulder, army green dress, emboldened by a large paisley print, when I went on stage to collect my MTV Style Icon award in 2005. That dress was a Malini Ramani, and I couldn’t have picked a better outfit, more suited for the event and for the accolade I was receiving.
However, I know Malini even longer than that through walking the ramp for her very exciting and creative shows, and of course enjoying the parties afterwards with her as well! Malini’s vivacious and fun personality always flowed into all the models backstage and on the ramp, making working with her exciting and a complete joy. When Malini mentioned to me that she was planning a trunk show in NYC on Thursday, I instantly felt pangs of greed arise in me … I really wanted to take a sneak peak at the collection! I decided to go a day earlier to see the clothes!
Once I got there, however, my greed turned to happiness and excitement, as shopping with Malini can never be too serious - instead, it was mixed in with some wine, great conversation, and of course costume changes! In the middle of it all, Malini suddenly mentioned how much she loves oysters. And, in line with past experience, before I knew it that ever-impetuous Malini was dragging us over to BLT Fish to slurp down some oysters! It was great to see my friend again, and I look forward to many more oyster nights to come.
The following day was the main day of Malini’s trunk show, and the body of clothing she showcased consisted of a variety of all her favorite pieces from her numerous collections. The clothes on display portrayed a smattering of vibrant exotic colors including reds, violets, jades, browns, and turquoise. Her clothes, and the prints, embroidery and mirror work thereon, put forth an Indian element, combination of Rajasthani and Gujarati influences.
There was a variety of silhouettes such as flowing feminine forms like the sari drape dress (one of my favorites!), Dhoti harem jumpsuits, embroidered and mirror work tube dresses, fringed boleros and jackets. The fabulous attendees included Fern Mallis, Donna D’Cruz and Veena Advani.