Models walk the runway during a fashion show put on by Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra at the Address Dubai Marina. Sarah Dea / The National
Models walk the runway during a fashion show put on by Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra at the Address Dubai Marina. Sarah Dea / The National

One on one with Manish Malhotra in Dubai



Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra showed some of his newest creations at The Address Dubai Marina hotel, during a glittering event on Thursday that was packed with local celebrities.

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor – who the designer “has known since he was 5 years old” – flew in from Mumbai to walk the ramp.

Malhotra, 49, who this year celebrates 25 years in the industry – and the 10th anniversary of his label – showed pieces from The Empress Story and The Gentlemen’s Club collections, which were revealed at recent fashion weeks in India. The Dubai show, by Jaipur Gems and Studio 8, featured a mix of pastel-­coloured bridal wear as well as evening gowns and shalwar kameezes in rich, earthy hues, some of them incorporating a distinctly western influence.

We sat down with Malhotra, who talked about the importance of staying relevant, working with Bollywood celebrities and his plans to open a boutique in Dubai.

Tell us about your early years in Bollywood as a costume designer. Most people didn’t even know what costume designing was, so how did you know you wanted to do it?

I loved watching Hindi films growing up and I was good with art and painting. When the time came for college, I started modelling and working in sales in a boutique, where I practised my sketching and worked on the clothes. Many designers had just launched their new collections and I knew I didn’t have the means to study abroad, so I thought I would be noticed if I worked in movies. I met a photographer who took me to [actress] Sridevi and we did a photo shoot with her. Soon after, I styled a song in the movie Swarg [1990], with [actress] Juhi Chawla. I was diligent about styling a cohesive look for all my work, and I started meeting a lot of directors. Everything took off from there.

How has Bollywood fashion evolved?

Bollywood clothes and make-up used to be styled differently. I implemented a rule where, if the film is being shot abroad, the clothes must come from that place. How can the actress look different from the world her character is from? So the term “styling” is what I really introduced to Bollywood. I was the first costume designer to join mainstream fashion and I think when you’re the first person to have that vision or take that chance, you always enjoy the perks the longest.

Who inspired you and helped you reach the position you are in today?

Lots of people. All the actresses I’ve ever worked with, from Sridevi to Kajol, Urmila Matondkar to Karisma Kapoor. Also the filmmakers and clients who always believed in me.

Your fashion shows are a unique experience, where you introduced the concept of showstoppers. How did you come about this idea and who is your favourite showstopper so far?

At my first fashion show I wanted Urmila Matondkar to walk – on emotional grounds. We had worked together on the film Rangeela and that was the first time they had given an award to a costume designer. So I didn't really think about it – I just really wanted her to be part of the show – and that's how I introduced the term showstopper to Indian fashion. Urmila holds a special place since she was my first showstopper, but I deeply appreciate everyone who has taken time out to come and walk for me.

Who are your muses?

So many of the actresses I work with are my muses. So are the beautiful brides that wear my clothes on the most special day of their lives. To think I am a part of those special days makes me feel great. I’ve been working with some people for almost 25 years.

What do you think sets you apart from other designers?

The fact that after all these years I’m still relevant. I work with young actors of today, such as Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor. Staying relevant is the true test of any profession. Ups and downs are there in any profession, but the fact that my work stands the tides of time, to me, is an achievement bigger than anything else – beyond money, beyond awards. I also think my professionalism sets me apart. My focus is not on backstage drama or politics, but solely my work.

Tell us about the Empress collection and the Gentlemen's Club.

The success of my label made me think it would be fun and interesting to do some gowns with more western influences. It’s the first time we’ve done gowns like that and it has received a phenomenal response, because I think youngsters are looking for more versatile outfits, with variations.

Where do you think the Indian fashion industry is headed?

I think it’s got a great new feel. There are a lot of new stylists and designers and a lot of interesting work. I think that the ones doing bespoke, edgy stuff will eventually have their own brands and appeal to people worldwide.

Who are some of your favourite designers?

Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Armani, I like what Christopher Bailey has done with Burberry. I also like Kenzo.

What advice do you have for designers trying to break into the industry?

They need to stay focused. The power of sustainability will be the true measure of success.

Which movies are you working on?

Dilwale for Kajol, Fitoor for Tabu, Ki and Ka for Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, and Karan Johar's new films with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

What’s next for Manish Malhotra?

I am looking to open a flagship store in both Dubai and London next year. I’m looking towards a more international line in the London store, with western influences. Dubai is one of my favourite cities, I can’t wait to open my store here.

artslife@thenational.ae

Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices

Fixtures

Wednesday, April 3

Arsenal v Luton Town, 10.30pm (UAE)

Manchester City v Aston Villa, 11.15pm (UAE)

Thursday, April 4

Liverpool v Sheffield United, 10.30pm (UAE)

Kill

Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

Five famous companies founded by teens

There are numerous success stories of teen businesses that were created in college dorm rooms and other modest circumstances. Below are some of the most recognisable names in the industry:

  1. Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and his friends started Facebook when he was a 19-year-old Harvard undergraduate. 
  2. Dell: When Michael Dell was an undergraduate student at Texas University in 1984, he started upgrading computers for profit. He starting working full-time on his business when he was 19. Eventually, his company became the Dell Computer Corporation and then Dell Inc. 
  3. Subway: Fred DeLuca opened the first Subway restaurant when he was 17. In 1965, Mr DeLuca needed extra money for college, so he decided to open his own business. Peter Buck, a family friend, lent him $1,000 and together, they opened Pete’s Super Submarines. A few years later, the company was rebranded and called Subway. 
  4. Mashable: In 2005, Pete Cashmore created Mashable in Scotland when he was a teenager. The site was then a technology blog. Over the next few decades, Mr Cashmore has turned Mashable into a global media company.
  5. Oculus VR: Palmer Luckey founded Oculus VR in June 2012, when he was 19. In August that year, Oculus launched its Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $1 million in three days. Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion two years later.
What is cystic fibrosis?
  • Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas and other organs.
  • It causes the production of thick, sticky mucus that can clog the airways and lead to severe respiratory and digestive problems.
  • Patients with the condition are prone to lung infections and often suffer from chronic coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Life expectancy for sufferers of cystic fibrosis is now around 50 years.
Living in...

This article is part of a guide on where to live in the UAE. Our reporters will profile some of the country’s most desirable districts, provide an estimate of rental prices and introduce you to some of the residents who call each area home.

MATCH INFO

Uefa Champions League semi-final:

First leg: Liverpool 5 Roma 2

Second leg: Wednesday, May 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

TV: BeIN Sports, 10.45pm (UAE)

Our family matters legal consultant

Name: Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

EMIRATES'S REVISED A350 DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE

Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

SPEC SHEET: APPLE IPAD PRO (12.9", 2022)

Display: 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR, 2,732 x 2,048, 264ppi, wide colour, True Tone, ProMotion, 1,600 nits max, Apple Pencil hover

Chip: Apple M2, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine

Memory: Storage – 128GB/256GB/512GB / 1TB/2TB; RAM – 8GB/16GB

Platform: iPadOS 16

Main camera: Dual 12MP wide (f/1.8) + 10MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 2x optical/5x digital, Smart HDR 4

Video: ProRes 4K @ 30fps, 4K @ 24/25/30/60fps, full HD @ 25/30/60fps, slo-mo @ 120/240fps

Front camera: TrueDepth 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 2x, Smart HDR 4, Centre Stage, Portrait, Animoji, Memoji; full HD @ 25/30/60fps

Audio: Four-speaker stereo

Biometrics: Face ID, Touch ID

I/O: USB-C, smart connector (for folio/keyboard)

Battery: Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi; up to nine hours on cellular

Finish: Silver, space grey

In the box: iPad, USB-C-to-USB-C cable, 20-watt power adapter

Price: WiFi – Dh4,599 (128GB) / Dh4,999 (256GB) / Dh5,799 (512GB) / Dh7,399 (1TB) / Dh8,999 (2TB); cellular – Dh5,199 / Dh5,599 / Dh6,399 / Dh7,999 / Dh9,599

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

EXPATS

Director: Lulu Wang

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee, Jack Huston

Rating: 4/5

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: CarbonSifr
Started: 2022
Based: Dubai
Founders: Onur Elgun, Mustafa Bosca and Muhammed Yildirim
Sector: Climate tech
Investment stage: $1 million raised in seed funding

The specs

Price, base / as tested Dh135,000

Engine 1.6L turbo

Gearbox Six speed automatic with manual and sports mode

Power 165hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque 240Nm @ 1,400rpm 0-100kph: 9.2 seconds

Top speed 420 kph (governed)

Fuel economy, combined 35.2L / 100km (est)

The specs

Engine: 4-cylinder 2-litre
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Power: 252 brake horsepower
Torque: 352Nm
Price: from Dh146,700
On sale: now

Biog

Mr Kandhari is legally authorised to conduct marriages in the gurdwara

He has officiated weddings of Sikhs and people of different faiths from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Russia, the US and Canada

Father of two sons, grandfather of six

Plays golf once a week

Enjoys trying new holiday destinations with his wife and family

Walks for an hour every morning

Completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Loyola College, Chennai, India

2019 is a milestone because he completes 50 years in business

 

The specs: 2019 BMW X4

Price, base / as tested: Dh276,675 / Dh346,800

Engine: 3.0-litre turbocharged in-line six-cylinder

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Power: 354hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque: 500Nm @ 1,550rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 9.0L / 100km

Things Heard & Seen

Directed by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton

2/5

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Kinetic 7
Started: 2018
Founder: Rick Parish
Based: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Industry: Clean cooking
Funding: $10 million
Investors: Self-funded

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

Infobox

Western Region Asia Cup Qualifier, Al Amerat, Oman

The two finalists advance to the next stage of qualifying, in Malaysia in August

Results

UAE beat Iran by 10 wickets

Kuwait beat Saudi Arabia by eight wickets

Oman beat Bahrain by nine wickets

Qatar beat Maldives by 106 runs

Monday fixtures

UAE v Kuwait, Iran v Saudi Arabia, Oman v Qatar, Maldives v Bahrain

Five expert hiking tips
  • Always check the weather forecast before setting off
  • Make sure you have plenty of water
  • Set off early to avoid sudden weather changes in the afternoon
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Take your litter home with you
Company info

Company name: Entrupy 

Co-founders: Vidyuth Srinivasan, co-founder/chief executive, Ashlesh Sharma, co-founder/chief technology officer, Lakshmi Subramanian, co-founder/chief scientist

Based: New York, New York

Sector/About: Entrupy is a hardware-enabled SaaS company whose mission is to protect businesses, borders and consumers from transactions involving counterfeit goods.  

Initial investment/Investors: Entrupy secured a $2.6m Series A funding round in 2017. The round was led by Tokyo-based Digital Garage and Daiwa Securities Group's jointly established venture arm, DG Lab Fund I Investment Limited Partnership, along with Zach Coelius. 

Total customers: Entrupy’s customers include hundreds of secondary resellers, marketplaces and other retail organisations around the world. They are also testing with shipping companies as well as customs agencies to stop fake items from reaching the market in the first place. 


Latest
Most Read
Top Videos