Ever since Urmila Matondkar danced and lip synced her way to our hearts in Rangeela, Manish Malhotra has been known for his flair for women’s design. Dressing the stars, the costume stylist gradually made his way into the runways with his eponymous label. This year, as he completed 25 years as stylist and a decade of his label, the designer unveiled his first menswear show titled The Gentlemen’s Club.
This isn’t Malhotra’s first foray into menswear design. Men have always been part of his collections, but the show at Lakmé Fashion Week shifted the focus on the masculine gender. “In keeping with the season, The Gentlemen’s Club collection is a festive fusion of Indian and western couture, focusing on shades of emerald green and adorned with botanical motifs,” Malhotra said about the collection.
Dominated by the season’s dark colour palette, the collection is divided between ethnic and contemporary ensembles. Suits in black, blue, and grey—hues within the average man’s comfort zone—gradually transition to a burgundy bandhgala or a bright red sherwani. Shoulders and sleeves are adorned with fine embroidery and zardosi, mingling ethnic design elements with Western silhouettes.
The designer’s upcoming store, exclusively dedicated to menswear, in New Delhi will showcase the collection along with his other designs. In the spring of 2016, Malhotra will take his debonair creations overseas with two boutiques slated for opening in the fashionable cities of London and Dubai. l