One of the most celebrated fashion designers in the industry, Manish Malhotra, showcased his latest collection, titled The Persian Story, at the FDCI India Couture Week 2016.
Actors Deepika Padukone and Fawad Khan were the showstoppers for the collection.
The showcase was held at the Taj Palace in Delhi on 20 July, where the suave-looking Pakistani star was welcomed to the ramp by loud cheers and whistles from the crowd. Fawad Khan walked the ramp in a black kurta and deep maroon palazzo-pyjama and opened the grand show for the designer.
After Fawad, models began showcasing Malhotra's collection as they walked to the tunes of authentic Persian music. The collection saw a wide range of heavily-embellished lehengas, off-shoulder gowns, long jackets, Anarkalis, sherwanis and sequinned dresses which featured elaborate architectural, floral motifs and check shirts and achkans. The colour palette moved from cream, gold, red, indigo, brown maroon, royal blue to yellow.
The designer tried to recreate the magic of Persia by replicating the traditional marble motifs. Popular Persian chandeliers added spunk to the feel of the event while a small shamiana (a marquee), helped the models exit the ramp.
"I had Persian Story's idea in mind for so many years. I love Persian architecture, I like the colour schemes of Persia, music and that was a concept I had in my mind and that's how it got generated,"Malhotra told reporters.
Deepika, who was chosen to close the show for Malhotra, stunned the audience as she looked ravishing in a beautiful off-shoulder choli with intricate gold embroidery and a long-trailed lehenga. The Bajirao Mastani star also wore a polki-pearl choker and a hath-phool from Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang.
Malhotra, who has styled globally known names like Michael Jackson, Reese Witherspoon, Kylie Minogue and Naomi Campbell, said: "I am so thankful to Fawad for being here and dearest Deepika I know her since she was a model and her first film... its a very special moment."
Deepika, who started her career as model, said the ensemble she donned at the event was the heaviest. "The last time I walked for him (Malhotra) I thought that (outfit) was the heaviest. This is much much heavier," quipped the actress.
For Fawad, who made his debut into Hindi cinema in 2014 with the romantic comedyKhoobsurat, this was the first time on the Indian runway and shared that the experience was "daunting". Asked if it was his first time on the ramp in Delhi, Fawad said: "In Delhi for the first time? In India for the first time. Obviously (it was) very daunting..."
Bollywood celebrities like Sophie Choudry, veteran actress-socialist Shabana Azmi, deigner JJ Valaya added their own charm by gracing the event.
Other names from the Indian fashion fraternity like Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani, Reynu Taandon, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Rahul Mishra, Anamika Khanna, Varun Bahl, Gaurav Gupta, Manav Gangwani and Rohit Bal will showcase their latest collection at the five-day event, which concludes on 24 July.