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First love

I still feel like a new comer, excited and anxious about opening the show at the Mumbai Couture Week.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 02, 2010 00:19 IST
Manish Malhotra

20 years have passed by and the love for cinema and colours has increased. I still feel like a new comer, excited and anxious about opening the show at the Mumbai Couture Week. From my modelling days to films and expanding into main stream fashion, its been a journey of various ups and downs.

Well, downs which I didn’t realise as I have always been running around. At times frustrated by the way our film industry worked in the early 90’s. I still remember the looks producers gave me which were like “why do you exist?” In early 90’s I was the only male around working with so many heroines.

But, when I look back, I always look at movies as my first love! As far as I remember my awakening to life was cinema and my dearest mother always encouraged it. Love of movies and their colours got me to design clothes and go through the pressures of a disorganised film industry...to seeing a time when it all has changed to an organised functional pattern. And, my first love gave me everything in return and mostly the joy of being with what I love most — Cinema.

Unapologetic. And not intellectualising my passion for movies and fashion. A norm many designers take! My straight forward approach and honesty towards style and glamour to time but did connect and my movies helped me to reach out to the world. Today, when I am a part of main stream fashion week parallel to my seniors and being called to open and close fashion weeks or travel for fashion shows, I look back and thank my first love — Cinema!

And the lovable journey continues. Fashion that I never studied. All I did was painted... so colours continue to fascinate me and be an integral part of my work and life!