Bollywood’s Favourite Fashion Designer, Manish Malhotra, Turns Patissier

Yauatcha ropes in designer Manish Malhotra to design festive desserts.

Shraddha Varma

Ever wondered if ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra was to create a dessert, what would it be or what would it look like? Mumbai-based Yauatcha has a limited-edition desserts and festive gift boxes in association with Bollywood’s favourite designer; and the original question can officially be answered.

The Manish MalhotraXYauatcha dessert collection includes rose macaron with white chocolate, rose jam, and praline, an egg-free petit gateau filled with milk chocolate ganache, a gluten-free pastry with chocolate ganache and golden dusted cookie crumble, and a couple of other delicate French inspired pastries and cakes.

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Dominated by desi flavours such as rose, coconut, and pistachio, these Manish Malhotra desserts are further elevated with a sprinkling of gold dust—what’s a MM design without bling? “Growing up, my favourite festive foods were Indian sweets and hence these particular choice of flavours,” shares the designer. His favourites among them all are the macarons, which are also available in hazelnut and blueberry flavours.

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Karyna Bajaj, executive director, KA Hospitality tells LF that the sweet treats are inspired by Malhotra’s autumn/winter 2019 collection titled Maahrumysha. And as far as the gift boxes are concerned, the design pays homage to one of his signature design elements—a gold embroidered paisley motif.

Although limited edition, these macarons and cakes will be available throughout 2019 and early 2020. The macarons are priced at Rs 70 each and the petits gâteaux at Rs 300. Their gift hampers start at Rs 2888 and can be customised.

Creative Connection

“The desserts created by team Yauatcha are a beautiful combination of modern and traditional – exactly what the brand stands for,” Malhotra says. “The textural elements in the petits gâteaux mimic fabrics such as velvet, tulle, and silk, while the gold dust finish brings out the thoughtfully crafted gold work seen on my autumn/winter collection,” Malhotra adds. 

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Meanwhile, Bajaj explains the inspiration for this creative partnership: “Manish is an iconic designer. Plus, we found that there was a natural synergy between the two brands. Yauatcha’s delicate French inspired desserts combined with his aesthetics and timeless designs is something that we thought would be ideal for the festive season.”


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