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Ranbir Kapoor and Manish Malhotra at the 'The Gentleman's Club' LFW show at Mehboob Studio
Ranbir Kapoor and Manish Malhotra at the ‘The Gentleman’s Club’ LFW show at Mehboob Studio

After dressing the Bollywood babes and celebrities in India and around the world, the ‘Badshah of Bollywood Couture’ Manish Malhotra turned his creative eye on men’s wear. Philips, the styling partner of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015, presented Manish Malhotra’s premiere men’s wear collection called ‘The Gentlemen’s Club’ at the iconic Mehboob Studio to end day one of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015.

Assorted chairs and tables hung from the ceiling of the studio. On the ramp a grand piano stood in one corner, while a wooden table was laden with glass vases and surrounded by chairs. Sofa sets and lounge chairs set the mood for ‘The Gentleman’s Club’ opening as a live jazz band by Gino Banks and Sheldon kept the tempo ticking.

Under the flash of UV lights, the fast-paced show featured 78 garments with 40 male models who zipped around one of the biggest ramps (80 ft x 30 ft) at a fashion week. Added to the uber glam quotient of the show was a bevy of 22 glamorous female models who glided down the ramp and lounged amongst the furniture in Manish Malhotra Red Carpet creations.

Manish’s men’s wear was at times an understated but stylish offering to the Indian male. Introducing the fastidious dresser to classic sharply-cut designs, the collection consisted of suits which Manish turned into very impressive masculine looks. Practical blazers were worn with slim-fitted trousers, waistcoats were smartly styled with jackets, bundhgalas and embroidered bundis had a regal look, while the elegant sherwanis were sophisticated.

Long masculine trench coats in jet black were in varying lengths teamed with suits. Embroidery was botanical motifs in resham threadwork and appeared on strategic points of jackets.

Closing the show was the dashing and debonair Bollywood heartthrob and true blue ‘gentleman’ Ranbir Kapoor as he strutted down the ramp in a stylish burgundy four-button suit and printed shirt. And as the live band came to a crescendo with its final number, blasts of confetti from all sides of the huge studio enveloped the elite audience.

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