AICW 2015Aishwarya Rai BachanDay 5Grand finaleIndia Couture WeekManish MalhotraThe Empress

The Empress by Manish Malhotra

Day 5


A tribute to a self-confident and spirited woman, ‘THE EMPRESS STORY’ weaves in the myriad nuances of femininity and reflects the designer’s passion for reviving bygone Indian craftsmanship. Each outfit in the collection is unique as it spotlights detailing on classic Western silhouettes – marking a first for the label, on the heels of its international store openings.
‘THE EMPRESS STORY’ presents textured fabrics, voluminous gown-like silhouettes that could be worn as lehengas, trails of exquisite silk – lending the woman an air of majesty. The colour palette ranges from metallic silver and antique gold to rich burgundy, old rose pink, pearl grey and coffee brown. Details such as three-dimensional embroidery, mushroom-flower and bird motifs in delicate threadwork bring to life the legacy of exquisite craftsmanship. The elegance of each ensemble was accentuated with a selection of high-jewels by Dedhia Jewellers.
The finale show also shared a glimpse into the Manish Malhotra Men’s Collection – replete with structured jackets, trench coats and waistcoats, in hues of blue and black with a touch of intricate embroidery. Vintage glasses, bow ties and neck ties added a hint of dandy to the collection.  The evening also featured handcrafted shoes for the gentlemen – marking the brand’s first-ever foray into accessories. The Men’s Collection will be available at the brand’s much-awaited standalone men’s boutique in Delhi this winter.

The mise en scène was reminiscent of a luxurious cocktail soirée, in keeping with the ethos of the collection had a global appeal. The showing culminated with the stunning Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in a flowing skirt paired with an elegant top and embroidered jacket.

Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Kumarmanglam Birla, Natasha Poonawalla, Sophie Choudhary, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kriti Sanon, Pernia Qureshi, Madhu Nair, Ridhima Sahni, Queenie Singh, Nitasha Nanda, Imran Abbas and Ayan Ali Bangash, to name a few  – graced the front row.

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