Designer Manish Malhotra kickstarted the FDCI India Couture Week 2016 by unveiling his latest collection ‘The Persian Story’ on Wednesday. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan were the showstoppers at the gala event.
The event was held at the Taj Palace in Delhi, where the suave Pakistani star was welcomed on the ramp by loud cheers and whistles from the crowd as he walked in a black kurta and a deep maroon palazzo-pyjama and opened the grand show for the designer.
Following 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, etc., which featured elaborate architectural, floral motifs and check shirts and achkans.
The color 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 which added more spunk to the entire feel of the event and a small shamiana (a marquee), which helped the models exiting the ramp.
Talking about his inspiration, the designer told reporters here: “I had The Persian Story’s idea in mind for so many years. I love Persian architecture, I like the color schemes of Persia, music and that was a concept I had in my mind and that’s how it got generated.”
Deepika, who was chosen to close the show for Malhotra, stunned the audience as she looked ravishing in an off-shoulder choli with intricate gold embroidery and a long-trailing lehenga. The “Bajirao Mastani” star also wore a polki-pearl choker and a hath-phool from Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang.
Talking about the fabulous showstoppers, Manish, 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…it’s a very special moment.”
Deepika, who had started her career as a 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 romantic comedy “Khoobsurat”, 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, designer 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 July 24.