Sunday, 7 April 2013

My Manish Malhotra inspired outfit

Last month, whilst on the hunt for a new dressy asian outfit in Birmingham, after trawling the shops on Soho Road, one outfit really stood out to me because there was nothing like it in the other shops and the style of it reminded me of Manish Malhotra's designs.

It was only after I'd bought the outfit that I did a google search for "Manish Malhotra white anarkali suit" and I discovered this outfit was more than just inspired by Manish Malhotra, it was practically a copy of the below outfit worn by Kareena Kapoor from Manish Malhotra's Lakme Fashion Week 2011 Summer/Resort Collection.

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Scroll to the end of this post to see my version of the outfit, styled up for a close family wedding, or read below for all the details!

Copy vs Original

Aside from the obvious differences like price and quality of materials compared to if I'd bought an original Manish Malhotra suit, there were a few other differences. The first was the colour, whilst the original had gold at the bottom, my version had the addition of a deep red/maroon velvet.

This part of the outfit was what drew me to it in the first place, that and the fact that it was a little different to the netted anarkali suits which I'd seen in all the other shops and which I already have two of in my wardrobe.

My version of the outfit also had full sleeves, a slightly higher neckline and a much higher cut-out at the back. As I was having alterations made to have dress fitted anyway, I asked them to partially cover the back. Rather than my choice being out of modesty, it was more for practicality, I didn't want to have to worry about my underwear showing and with the current cold weather in the UK I also didn't fancy being exposed more!

In my mind I imagined the cover-up would be more sheer/transparent, a bit like these outfits but I didn't specify and by the time it came to final fittings I was satisfied enough with how they covered it.

The shopping experience at Komal Design Studio

The shop I bought the outfit from was Komal on Soho Road. It's not a shop I had heard of before my visit to Birmingham that day and they don't appear to have a website or social media pages. They're not exactly a stand-out shop, but they had that one special outfit I was looking for, even if some of their other outfits weren't to my taste. I'd say they're more an example of how sometimes you can find a gem of an outfit in the randomest of shops if you have the time to browse.

When I first tried the outfit on, it was paired with dark orange churidar bottoms which didn't look right to me at all. I had these swapped for a pair of cream churidar bottoms, which were unfortunately a few sizes too big. One of the sleeves also had a rip near the shoulder which they promised to fix when they fitted it for me.

I paid my deposit and agreed a time I'd return the next day for a final fitting and to collect the outfit. The next day they hadn't completed the alterations in time and we ended up having to wait around for an hour which was annoying, especially as we'd already browsed all the shops on the previous day and it was raining!

I paid £210 for this dress and they didn't charge any extra for the alterations. I love the outfit, but there are a few issues with quality - the sleeves feel like a bit of a liability, firstly there was the rip which they repaired, but after wearing the outfit just once another tear has developed :(

How I wore it

I wore this outfit to the third and final event of a close family wedding. For the first two events most of the ladies had very voluminous hair, adorned with jewelled accessories including necklaces, tikkas and matha pattis (I wonder if any of them read my post on how to wear a matha patti!)

I wanted to go for something a bit different and so I went to the Manish Malhotra facebook page to see what hairstyles other celebs and models had worn with their MM outfits.

Kareena's open hairstyle when she wore the original outfit seemed a bit too casual for my event, however I was immediately taken by this photo of Malaika Arora Khan at last year's Marrakech International Film Festival.
My hair isn't a long as Malaika's, but I knew my chosen MUA Huda Ahmed would be able to work her magic on my hair and fix up my skin. It also helped that I had access to my mum's jhoomer which made a change from all the swarovski-covered hair accessories everyone else was wearing!

Here's a close up of the hair and make-up:

And's a full length photo of me in the outfit!


  1. Looks very pretty! I like how you've put it together, it looks a lot more dressier than Kareena's versions (her one looks a bit more casual/informal). I'm a big fan of jhoomars too, and it looks lovely on you!

  2. Ha Kareena eat your heart out! you look gorgeous x

  3. You look gorgeous and I especially love the shoes where are they from? thanks

  4. Thanks everyone :)
    The shoes are from Kurt Geiger, they're not new though, I've had them ages!


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