"What works for our Indian crafts is the mix of craftsmanship, culture and a touch of modernity that does not just mean the westernisation of Indian silhouettes but about a thought that leads to several unusual and innovative silhouettes like the sari jacket, lehenga anarkali, long kurtas with palazzos," Malhotra said.

The 48-year-old ace designer has time and again gone out of his way to revive heirloom crafts like chikankari, phulkari and Kashmiri embroidery via his creations. His work is a hit among Indian celebrities, who proudly flaunt them on national and international platforms.

“As a designer, it is my prerogative to preserve my heritage and create designs that reflect our contemporary India,” says Malhotra.

"My aim is to reinvent these crafts with a new thought and bring them into the limelight. Like I always say, a floor length anarkali can look as glamorous and modern as a cocktail gown. And thankfully, a lot of influencers are now taking pride in wearing who we are," he said.

Malhotra is also delighted over the fact that Indian men have embraced colour in their wardrobes over the years.

"I have always loved colours and it has always reflected in all my collections. I think it's been a while that men have accepted unusual colours, especially in western wear," he said.

He noted that gradually everybody is ditching the classic black bandhgala for a deep blue bandhgala.

In fact, his latest collection comprises pink churidars, salmon pink bandi jackets, colour blocking shirts and traditional kurtas in summer colours for men.

"It's a refreshing change," said the suave designer.

Malhotra, who has dressed Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, is these days busy with other Bollywood projects.

"Right now, there is 'Happy New Year' where we are styling Deepika Padukone. Then there is 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshi' by Dibakar Banerjee. I always try to push my creative capability with everything I do, this time I am trying to push the envelope a little more for my LFW collection," he said.

(Agencies)

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