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Manish Malhotra: 'Alia brings freshness to everything'

Manish Malhotra

Mumbai, March 11 -- In the world of fashion, the name Manish Malhotra is associated with a certain degree of grandeur. We caught up with him on a Sunday morning, at the fittings for his opening show (today, March 11) at a city fashion week.    

Top names from the modelling fraternity are lined up as Malhotra, dressed in grey denims and a blue shirt, is busy assigning them outfits and styling their looks. If he is tired from being up since 5.45 am that day, his animated demeanour shows no signs of it. "It has been a busy start to 2014 for me... This is my fourth show this year!" he says, before turning his attention to the rack lined with his decadently embellished creations, to choose the next look.    

Here, he talks about styling Bollywood actresses, the ones we should look out for and what his upcoming show has in store for the fashion conscious.    

Have you styled any films recently? I have styled Alia Bhatt for 2 States, and Deepika Padukone for Happy New Year. I am slated to start work on Shuddhi soon.    

Which Bollywood actresses do you love to dress? I go way back, with the likes of Urmila Matondkar, Kajol and Sridevi. I've had a long association with Kareena Kapoor Khan as well.    I also enjoy working with Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. Alia is gorgeous, and brings a characteristic freshness to everything she wears.    Sonakshi Sinha and Parineeti Chopra are also ones to watch out for.    

What is your idea of good design? It is imperative for designers to have a DNA and a story to tell. Good design is one that is true to itself. It doesn't try too hard. It appeals to a wide audience, and can be adapted by a lot more people.    

What is the key to dressing up this summer? This season is about easy, relaxed and comfortable dressing. It's about being confident, stylish and making a fashion statement without a 'look-at-me' attitude. Opt for toned-down pastel shades like blush pink, beige and powder blue over neons. Navy blue is the new black; and the blue and ivory combination will replace the popularity of black and white this summer.