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Manish Malhotra vows London with debut UK show in aid of Angeli Foundation

Iconic fashion designer Manish Malhotra proved once again why he is the most sought-after design talent in India with a stunning show at London's plush Grosvenor House hotel Saturday night.  

The man who has dressed some of the most beautiful women in the world - from Aishwarya Rai to Angelina Jolie - didn't disappoint with his first ever catwalk show in the UK, showing off an exquisite collection all in aid of The Angeli Foundation, a charity that works to empower the Girl Child in India.

Malhotra was helped along with Bollywood starlets Urmila Matondkar and Parineethi Chopra - the former one of his earliest muses and the latter one of the designer's latest.

'Rangeela' star Matondkar opened the show dressed in a beautifully styled navy lehnga woven with white chikankari, whilst Parineeti Chopra added fabulous glamour to the finale in a glittering floor length, red and gold anarkali lehnga.

Malhotra’s collection was organically Indian with Kashmiri & Chikankari work woven onto traditional silhouettes and styles such as the lehngas, his signature floor length anarkalis and lehnga anarkalis in colors inspired from 50's such as exclusively dyed corals, pinks, blues.

The award-winning designer's show was also witnessed by some British Asian style icons as well, including the ever fashionable Preeya Kalidas and soap star Shivani Ghai.

Malhotra selected The Angeli Foundation as the charity of choice for his UK launch after the horrific rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi highlighted the shocking inequality and attitudes towards women in the sub-continent.  

Speaking of his association with the Foundation, Malhotra said: “I can think of no better partner to have worked with for my debut show in London. 

The Angeli Foundation works so hard at a grass roots level to change the lives of young girls in the hope that their voices will eventually be heard and that attitudes in our society will change. As celebrities, it is our role and responsibility to lead by example and if I can make some small change by lending my support to this invaluable case, then I have achieved something.”

Ishaqzaade star Chopra added: “As a former PR person I know the value of celebrity and how they can help raise awareness and start to drive debate and discussion.

After the tragedy in December I don’t think there is anyone in our industry that doesn’t feel strongly about gender inequality and the terrible treatment of women. When Manish asked if I would walk the ramp for the Foundation, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be an honour to play a part in something so important.”

Proceeds from ticket sales and a live auction will towards a girls' skills development program and a mobile medical clinic providing health checks at girls' schools.



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