"Movies have been an influencer since childhood. I continue to be in awe of movies. The perfection of the 1960s and 1970s colours is what I grew up with and that reflects a lot in my design philosophy," Manish Malhotra told IANS. The designer starte his tryst with Bollywood in the early 1990's - first by designing costumes for actress Juhi Chawla and then for various other movies. Since he has been working closely with the stars and the movies since so many years, the designer has become very close friends with a lot of the stars.
"I have a more than 24-year-long relationship with Bollywood and movies. I live and breathe films. My closest friends belong to this industry and are always around to support my work". The designer's shows are renowned for attracting the best of Bollywood, many of who have walked on the ramp presenting his collections in the past. He says that if the opportunity presented itself to design clothes for a period film, he would certainly take up the challenge because he believes that his collections bridge the gap between the old and the new. He uses crafts from across India and across time to create styles that are classic yet modern. "As a label and a designer, I take keen interest in workmanship and hence my clients get exclusive work crafted by artisans from all around India in my designs." "With my couture collection 2014-15, I am trying to bridge the gap between old world and the new world by preserving my signature craftsmanship with a timeless touch and dash of modernity"
The designer is also presenting the grand finale for the Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week 2014. "Finale is about celebrating fashion, grandeur and craftsmanship. It's not just about creating a collection but also about creating an experience like never before. It's about creating an everlasting impact."