Cocktail of glamour, sports at Manish Malhotra’s WIFW show (With Images)

March 20th, 2009 - 11:17 am ICT by IANS  

Shah Rukh Khan New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) With cricketers Aakash Chopra and Murali Kartik sashaying down the ramp, and Bollywood beauties Amrita Rao and Sophie Chaudhary supporting him, designer Manish Malhotra served the audience a cocktail of sports and glamour at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW).
There was a lot of speculation before the show that Amrita and Sophie would be walking the ramp for Malhotra along with the two cricketers, but the designer took the audience by surprise when only Kartik and Chopra - members of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders - strutted down the ramp Thursday night.

At the post show conference, the designer was accompanied by the gorgeous ladies who were wearing mini dresses and made it clear that they were present just to support their friend.

“We are here as a friend and not as the showstoppers. It is just our way of showing support for him. We are acting as morale boosters for him,” Sophie told reporters.

Mumbai-based Malhotra is designing the look of Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders for the second consecutive year and his autumn-winter collection at the WIFW was inspired by them.

“The line has a perfect mix of sports and the glamour of Bollywood. This is a very new concept for me and is inspired by Shah Rukh’s team,” Malhotra told IANS.

“The collection has saris with racer backs, fashionable jumpers, track pants, trench coats and off shoulder dresses. We are looking at a new dimension of introducing sports wear with elegant evening wear,” he added.

Like last year, the collection is mainly in black and gold but two new colour combination - grey and white - have been introduced this year.

While the women wore chic and elegant saris of chiffon, silk and georgettes, the men sported sleek trousers, trench coats, casual t-shirts and shorts with either a golden helmet or golden shoes.

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