Mumbai: It was an evening dedicated to men, with actor Ranbir Kapoor proving to be the perfect showstopper for ace designer Manish Malhotra, who debuted his maiden menswear line at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015 in a glittering ceremony attended by Bollywood celebrities.
Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Nita Ambani, Sooraj Pancholi, Zarina Wahab, Ayushman Khuranna and many others cheered one of Bollywood's most loved designers and Ranbir from the front row.
The 32-year-old "Barfi!" star pulled off the "debonair man" look of Malhotra's collection, "The Gentleman's Club", with elan, and without a trace of nerves, Ranbir gallantly took centre stage during the show.
"Till now, I have only heard of girls wanting to wear a Manish Malhotra lehenga. I couldn't wear that garment but this is great," said the actor, who wore a maroon velvet pant suit with a statement broach.
"It was a great show. It was great to be walking the ramp for Manish. This is the third time we have collaborated and it feels nice."
Praising Ranbir's sense of style, the designer said, "He has a great style sense. Whenever I go and show him costumes, he always chooses the best one. I think he gets that sense from his parents."
The stage 3 area of Mehboob Studios is no stranger to Bollywood. But last night was special as Malhotra's B-town friends and colleagues gathered to commemorate his 25 years as a movie costume designer.
In a unique set-up, two drones hovered over the stage area throughout the show, to capture the various moods of the guests as well as the models on the ramp.
The stage setting was gothic with chairs hanging from the high ceilings of the famous studio, giving an eerie feeling. But what was happening on the ramp was a different story all together.
Models walked in hurried tempo as heart-pumping music by live musicians lifted their spirit. The silhouettes were mostly pant suits, sherwanis, jackets, long kurtas with heavily Kashmir-inspired embroidered sleeves.
The designer restricted himself to a warm colour selection with usage of blacks, browns and green. A lot of texturing was part of the line which featured fabrics like silks and velvets. Known for his women's wear creations, often fronted by names like Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Malhotra surprised fashionistas when he announced earlier this month he would be foraying into an all menswear line for this season.
Yet, he could not resist himself from throwing in some female garments like lehenga and gowns during the show, even though they were more of stage props as the menswear was his hero.
"The collection is meant for the debonair man ? it's stylish, cool and contemporary. It exudes sophisticated charm and is an extension of my couture line.
"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.
2015 is extra special for the designer; besides marking his 25 years as a costume designer and stylist in the movie industry, he also celebrates a successful decade of his fashion label. Manish Malhotra. Shriya Saran, Mandira Bedi, Kunal Kemmu, Vivek Oberoi, Kunal Kohli, Ali Fazal, Manish Paul, Sanjay Kapoor and Ameesha Patel also attended the show.