'I will never be able to get over this loss,' says designer Manish Malhotra.
Designers pay tribute to the Bollywood legend.
Sridevi wore her love for designer Manish Malhotra on her sleeve.
The actress often wore creations by other designers, but it was only Malhotra for whom she reserved the tag of 'my favourite' and the personal social media birthday wishes.
In fact, the designer -- who often designed for Sridevi's daughters Janhvi and Khushi too -- was so close to the family that he was also at Boney Kapoor's nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding in Dubai with Sridevi and her family.
Malhotra, who called Sridevi the 'one and only', expressed his shock at her sudden demise on Instagram with a photograph with Sridevi captioned, 'This was our last picture together and just 4 days ago. I will never able to get over this loss.'
Malhotra had worked closely with Sridevi on several films and had spoken at length with Verve in October 2017 when the magazine put the superstar on their cover.
Asked about her style evolution both on and off-screen he had said, 'With every role and every movie that she did, Sridevi's learning curve evolved markedly.'
Off screen, he had noted, 'She has become more accepting of experimenting with new silhouettes. From having one of the most enviable collections of saris in the most luscious silks to owning red carpets in splendid couture, she has a fine eye for detail that comes with discernment.'
Calling her fashion outlook 'classic yet super versatile,' he had added, 'The secret to her best-dressed status is that she never lets it take precedence and lets her personality shine through.'
After Sridevi's passing, the designer -- in a longer social media post through his label -- said, 'Sridevi and I first met in 1990 when she was already a superstar and I was beginning my career. Working with an icon I always called her "Ma'am" and that was a turning point in my career, as it was the beginning of many associations and a longstanding friendship beyond work.'
He added, 'A gem lost too soon, a star that will never fade. A lively spirit who touched hearts of millions and forever served as an inspiration to many. You will be cherished and deeply missed. #RIPSridevi.'