Lakme Grand Finale: Diffuse by Manish Malhotra’s 'Retag' drop redefines gender norms with gaming-inspired collection ft showstoppers Ananya Panday & Aditya Roy Kapur

Manish Malhotra celebrated one year of Diffuse at the Grand Finale of Lakme Fashion Week X FDCI tonight at the Jio World Convention Centre. The second drop of Diffuse along with Lakme’s bold endeavour to be ‘Unapologetically ME’ presented an inspiring showcase on the gaming-inspired runway called 'Retags'. The designer took a refreshing and playful approach by redefining societal labels, with a gaming-inspired collection.

The showcase presented prints inspired by iconic games in androgynous styles having a blast alongside a high-octane colour palette of stark blacks, electric purples, shocking neons, and unconventional constructs, with the use of unmissable fabrics. 

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The retagged labels were incorporated, proudly and boldly, into the detailing of the collection. The accessories and styling showcase a boatload of alluring metallics, latex, oversized jackets, trench coats, a new version of the MM monogram sweatshirts, hand-printed and embellished co-ord sets, lehengas, label placements, pleatings, popular high-slit gowns, and knee high boots, all this and more making a special appearance.


The collection checked in with the creative, youthful and experimental spirit of digital natives while infusing it into timeless and all-season wearable silhouettes and separates – each garment a distinctly quirky, fun, yet unapologetically glamorous conversation starter. The chequered board backdrops, Rubix cube placements, and the towering mirror in the middle served as visually interesting elements to complement the fashion designs being showcased.

The incredibly stylish Ananya Panday and the charismatic Aditya Roy Kapur were the showstoppers for the fashion-forward show dressed in impeccably hand-embroidered and eclectically hand-printed iterations of Diffuse. Ananya Panday adorned a hand-embroidered tassel-edged gown with a scoop neck, high slit and Aditya Roy Kapur was dressed to the nines in a Black X O X O blazer paired with a co-ord set.

A befitting end to an exhilarating fashion week indeed. Take a bow, Manish Malhotra!