Manish Malhotra ICW 2016
Manish Malhotra • India Couture Week
Manish Malhotra kicked out ICW elaborate set with a mirror-finished runway, with potted plants, we were all transported to the Middle-East, and in the soft glow of yellow lanterns 80 models walked in ethereally in couture.
Manish Malhotra's couture already rests on glamour and grandeur fit for the big screen, and each season the designer pulls more strings to make each show standout more than the previous one.
This season he presented 'The Persian Story', inspired by the architecture of the fabled land of Persia.
"I have always been drawn to Iranian culture and music so I decided to add a touch of the lost world to this season's collection." - Manish Malhotra
The drop shoulder blouse has become something of a staple across the runway. The MM bride dropped her dupatta in favour of bare clavicle. The lehengas however remained monumentally opulent and by way of sheer size and embellishment - heavy to say the least.
Manish went back to the vintage techniques of couching and embroidering velvet with dabka to bring an old-worldly opulence of his piece. Hazoorilal Jewellers by Sandeep Narang partnered with the designer on the jewellery. But the final flourish on the show was a line-up bookended with the designer on the jewellery. With Fawad Khan playing the opening act and Deepika Padukone the stunning showstopper, whose presence called for audible gasps and cheers.
Deepika Padukone walked in a particular decadent red lehenga and was visibly panting as she finished the long walk.
"It's been years since I returned to the runway and Manish's lehengas are heavier than I remember." Deepika Padukone.
The showstoppers lehenga took three months of handwork to be complete. But the weight of couture is hardly a hitch in the way of brides wanted a slice of Manish Malhotra glamour on their big day.