Diversity invites itself to the party. Inclusion is asked to dance – Verna Myers…
And dancing in our hearts with his show was the ace of fashion designer Manish Malhotra. Manish, who debuted her Diffuse deck line at the recently concluded FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week, celebrated inclusivity on the runway.
The show featured an inclusive talent pool of models of all shapes and sizes, regardless of gender, age, body shape and height, strutting in unison down the ramp. Sending a message that everyone is invited, each outfit adorned by the models turned into a star on its own.
The full line catered to avid fans of all things quirky and sassy with some of the designer’s classic glamor while allowing for some self-expression, making every outfit special and festive. Commenting on the show and the models that walk for him, Manish Malhotra says, “Diffuse is about breaking down the binary constructs of society.
Expressing his thoughts through his designs, the showcase showcased various identities on the ramp. The lineup included models Sakshi Sindhwani, Toshada Uma, Gaia, Rabanne Jamsandekar Victor, Zander Lama and Lakshmi Rana, among others. He further adds: “Like any movement, it takes a whole community of distinct identities to take a stand. And who better than social media influencers, stylists, talented models, artists, musicians to start conversations where fashion plays an important role and completely hit the cancel button.
In an ever-changing algorithm of trends, the couturier’s future proves luxury with its deck line to cater to scrolling cohorts. The resurgence of wild, fun and eye-catching bright colors and dynamic textures gives added edge to every stylish design. The color palette revolves around a galaxy of blacks, reds, pinks, purples, blues, grays and gradients.
Here’s a look at some of the talented models who turned heads at Manish Malhotra’s fashion show:
Model Lakshmi Rana is now one of the most established faces in the Indian fashion industry. At 41, Lakshmi proves that experience and determination can go a long way.
A star of the runway, Sakshi exudes confidence every time she steps onto the runway. For every budding model who lets their insecurities get in the way of their dreams, Sakshi is a free-spirited force to be reckoned with.
Toshada Uma doesn’t let her size define who she is and owns the runway every time she’s on it. She is a powerhouse of style and confidence.
Gaia is a beautiful and strong woman. She definitely owned the runway with her personality and made every outfit she adorned a standout.
RABANNE JAMSANDEKAR VICTOR
Rabanne Jamsandekar Victor has always embraced genderless fashion with ease, and it’s her personality that shines through all of her catwalk appearances. Thus, making him one of the most sought-after new-age models.
Over the years, Zander Lama has broken down stereotypes when it comes to body images and facial features. A seasoned model, Zander truly believes that fashion is about individuality, authenticity and who you are as a person.
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