Fashion and beauty always go hand in hand. At the conclusion of every fashion show, the designer is often asked the question: What was your inspiration? Artists and creators find inspiration in a lot of things, but often it’s the artists muse or muses who serve as the groundwork to create and grow. Muses not only serve as the inspiration for fashion designers, but also urge these designers to continue creating.
Throughout history there have been some truly iconic relationships between designers and their muses. Pairs like Yves Saint Laurent and Betty Catroux, Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna, Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn prove that some unforgettable fashion trends can be created when great minds and beauty come together.
India’s star bridal couturier, Manish Malhotra has had many muses across his long career. Couturier, costume stylist, entrepreneur, social media influencer and revivalist, Malhotra is no stranger to the Bollywood party scene and many of his runway themes and avant-garde ensembles have been inspired by prominent beauties from the Indian film industry.
He has been quite candid about his source of inspirations and his devotion for the muses is crystal clear. Here are the designer’s top muses, together they have given quite a few ‘blockbuster’ styles.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The beauty queen, for Manish is not only a dear friend but has also been his muse for many years now. According to the designer, she embodies beauty, sensuality and glamour, and is a timeless epitome of grace and effortless style.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor Khan has always turned heads not only with her striking appearances but also with her innate sense of style. The diva has also time and again turned muse for her designer friend Manish Malhotra. In fact, Kareena’s popularity has soared after her wedding to actor Saif Ali Khan and becoming a mom to Taimur. She is often seen becoming the showstopper for Malhotra’s shows.
The vivacious Alia Bhatt worked with Manish Malhotra on her very first film, Student of the Year, and shares a long-term relationship with him. Not only has Alia become the nation’s sweetheart in a very short span of time, she has also found a permanent spot among the designer’s muses.
Actor Chunky Pandey’s elder daughter Ananya has been making waves even before bagging the lead role for Karan Johar’s Student of the year 2. The young starlet has been the talk of the town for being the designer’s muse before her debut. She posted her picture on Instagram in a dreamy Manish Malhotra attire and clearly, she has all the makings of a star.
Arguably the youngest muse of the designer is celebrity fitness trainer Deanne Panday's daughter Alanna Pandey. Malhotra has collaborated with MyGlamm to release a line of haute couture makeup collection. The line is aimed at those who like unapologetic glamour and have no qualms about owning a piece of couture, be it clothes or makeup. And guess who is the ambassador? It’s the young and pretty Alanna.
We are extremely excited to have Manish Malhotra and Alanna Pandey aboard the MyGlamm ship. Keep and eye out for the reveal video. Stay tuned and keep watching this space!