Manish Malhotra, who is known to be partial to pinks and reds created some stunning pieces in blue and black for his collection titled ‘The Persian Story’ at the India Couture Week. One such outfit is this black Manish Malhotra gown created for the bride whose definitive style is bold and maximalist. The gown with its deep colour and indulgent hand embroidery had our attention from the word go. It is not always easy to carry off an outfit that is made of velvet but this Manish Malhotra gown is definitely an exception. The beautiful embroidery and straight lines take the attention off the heavy fabric. Additionally, Malhotra’s clever placement of embroidered motifs and intelligent use of layering for a slimming effect justify his status of being the ‘Baadshah’ of bridal wear designs in India.
The full sleeved velvet gown features a deep V neck with criss cross straps on the chest that lend it an edgy look. Vibrant floral embroidery in metallic hues presents a striking contrast against the black fabric that is arresting to say the least. The velvet layer of the gown opens out into a full volume skirt waist down, with a slit in the center. This gives the Manish Malhotra gown a jacket-like appearance, which is one of the hottest trends both on and off the ramp right now. Adding a splash of colour to the skirt is all over floral embroidery on both sides of the slit which flows along the asymmetric hemline. Beneath the black velvet layer is a matching layer that adds volume and drama to the outfit.
The full sleeves, multicoloured embroidery and the detailing along the neckline do away with the need for accessories to complete the outfit. The extravagant nature of velvet and the lavish embroidered details in themselves make it a regal offering, fit for an evening of glitz and glamour.
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