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From Dev Anand and Nargis to Sridevi, Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan — an elaborate celebrity procession featured in the audio visual for Manish Malhotra's show at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2013 on Friday evening. Over the years, some of the biggest names in Bollywood have walked the ramp for him, but this was a celebration much grander than his previous ones. Aside from the showstoppers — and there were plenty, from filmmakers Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap and Zoya Akhtar, to actors Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra — the front row, too, boasted of names such as veteran costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, singer Asha Bhosle, and leading ladies Kajol and Karisma Kapoor.
But more important was the theme — the completion of 100 years of Indian cinema. Given that Malhotra started his career as a stylist and costume designer before venturing out as a couturier, it was perhaps an easy task for him to mark the film industry's milestone with his love for fashion. "The first film that I worked on was the Juhi Chawla-starrer Swarg (1990). It has been a 23-year-old whirlwind journey in Bollywood since then, and it seemed only fair that I thank the industry for all it has given me," says Malhotra.
The collection reflected the evolution of Bollywood dressing through the decades, with chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery accentuating his designs. Starting with a black-and-white collection that was a throwback to the '30s, the collection moved on to anarkalis and fitted salwars of the '60s, breezy polka-dotted silhouettes of the '70s and the flower power of the '80s. He ended the show with an emphasis on disco bling of the late '80s and '90s casual chic — the latter being something that he had helped bring alive through his styling and costume design.
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