Riding high on the jacket wave, Manish Malhotra creates yet another gorgeous jacket-style gown as a part of his collection titled ‘The Persian Story’ showcased at the India Couture Week. The contemporary silhouette with a nod to Persian motifs was awe-inspiring, especially considering the fact that there was nothing extraordinary about the colour combination or the fabric. The clean, fluidic lines as well as the complex maze of red and gold threadwork on sheer fabric make this one of our most favourite gowns from this collection.
This Manish Malhotra gown comprises of a well-fitted bodice that opens out into a flowing skirt with sheer and beige panels. The bodice itself features a sheer layer over a beige lining. Dabka embroidery in red and gold in floral and Persian architecture inspired motifs adorn the bodice and the other sheer panels of the gown. The contrast of of the intricate red designs over beige is striking to say the least.
Coming to its design, don’t be fooled by the high neck and the full sleeves since the dress features sheer panels waist down. The panels are totally see through but for the embroidered details on them which are opaque. The peek-a-boo design adds a sensuous appeal to the dress, breaking its dreamlike demure quality in favour of some sizzle. Even though the presence of the sheer panels makes this Manish Malhotra interesting, we thought it was too much skin show for a setting like an Indian wedding cocktail party. However, with a few modifications, the dress could be a winner all right, to be worn by the bride or even a guest.
To style this Manish Malhotra gown, you can take inspiration from the way it was presented on the ramp - wear it with a statement choker. Anything longer will be lost in the embroidery and anything less prominent will hardly get noticed. Other than this, all you need is a pair of high heels which will add spring to your step and some bounce to the outfit as you walk.
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