Bollywood's hottest couple, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, will walk the ramp on October 14 for designer friend Manish Malhotra at the HDIL Couture Week. This is the first time that a collection has been designed for a contemporary bride and groom and the first time that the stars will be walking the ramp together.
"The clothes are more textured and international in their look. The emphasis is not on embroidery or jewellery as is the case with most wedding wear, but on glamour," asserts Malhotra, adding, "It has a resort feel to it that has taken the west by storm and is fast catching on back home. Rather than a maang tikka, dozens of chudiyaans and other accessories, the bride and groom will be wearing her own personalities."
Talking about his longtime muse, he says that Kareena's attitude to fashion has always been a casual and confident, "Sure, I can carry that off." And the simple, straightforward approach is reflected in her wardrobe that is usually no fuss and no frills. Her steady beau is a perfect foil in that he too prefers style to shine.
For Malhotra, convincing Kareena was a breeze. Saif needed more persuading but eventually gave the nod because, "he liked the idea, the feel and thought the clothes suited Kareena."
The Chhota Nawab will wear a sherwani and Kareena will walk in a lehenga. Malhotra is quick to add that these sherwanis, lehengas, ghagras and saris while traditional, are meant for a 21st century couple who is not afraid to experiment.
"So while the ghagras have flowing dupattas, they are teamed with western tops for a more hip and happening look," points out Malhotra. Even when it comes to colours, he has moved from traditional reds and pinks to beige, oyster and coral.
Incidentally, on October 18, 2007, Saif and Kareena arrived hand-in-hand for a Manish Malhotra show during the grand finale of the Lakme Fashion Week, to be accosted by the waiting media. Though initially hesitant to speak, Saif eventually admitted, for the first time in public, that he was dating Kareena. He said, "Yes, we are together. It's very clear… are together."