LFW 2014: Is Manish Malhotra inspired by Masaba Gupta and Nikhil Thampi?

The new darling of the fashion world, Sonakshi Sinha opened the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2014 for designer Manish Malhotra. His collection, Summer Affair, was aptly named, as it was romantic, feminine and delicately detailed.

Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi confidently walked the ramp in a midnight blue full length ensemble. She carried the dress beautifully with her unique style and ebullience. Though the dress was utterly beautiful but it was very unlike a Manish Malhotra creation.

The use of prints and sassy designs reminded us of Masaba Gupta and Nikhil Thampi’s collections. Masaba is known for her bold and quirky designs, while Nikhil is known for his fuss-free, comfortable yet stunning designs. No doubt, Summer Affair is indeed a dreamy collection with all romantic shades from deep blue to soothing pastels, but it seemed like a cross between Masaba and Nikhil’s dresses.

But the one thing that made this show a typical Manish Malhotra show was the presence of many Bollywood lovelies like Kangana Ranaut, the Mukherjee sisters – Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee, and Urmila Matondkar.

Maybe industry senior Manish is trying to seek inspiration from young and extremely talented designers like Masaba and Nikhil. Well, if the outcome of the inspiration is going to be as stunning as this collection, we don’t mind him getting inspired!