MANISH MALHOTRA

Aishwarya Rai returns to ramp as the showstopper in Manish Malhotra couture at AICW 2015


One of the biggest highlights of the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015 was the fashion and Bollywood empress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan sashaying on the ramp in a Manish Malhotra evening couture. It marked Aishwarya’s return to the ramp as a showstopper after a gap of five years.


Designer Manish Malhotra unveiled his newest limited edition collection titled “The Empress Story” at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015 and who could be the better choice than beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as the showstopper for the final show of the fashion gala. Despite being under the weather, Aishwarya Rai looked as confident as ever as she walked for the designer in an ensemble that reflected femininity and sensuousness. 

The showcase was held at a special off-site event at The Leela Palace on Sunday and since Manish Malhotra is known as the favourite designer amongst the Bollywood fraternity, the show had to possess grandeur. While the ramp was decorated like a rose garden with chandeliers adding more spunk to the entire feel of the finale, the presence of some of the popular faces from Bollywood added the glamour quotient. 

Manish Malhotra showcased his collection titled “The Empress Story” – a line that will debut in Spring 2016 at the first Manish Malhotra Flagship Boutique in London and Dubai. Sharing his inspiration this time and the idea of choosing Aishwarya Rai as the showstopper, the designer told IANS: “2015 is a very special year for me as it marks 25 years as a costume stylist/director and 10 years of my label ‘Manish Malhotra’. What makes it even more special is Aishwarya returned to runway after five years as the showstopper for my show. She is a style icon. She is beautiful and stunning.” 

The design of the collection was influenced by his passion for reviving centuries-old Indian craftsmanship. Each outfit in the collection was special as there were limited editions and it presented Indian intricate detailing on classic western silhouettes. From textured fabrics, voluminous gown-like silhouettes that could be worn as an ode to ‘lehengas’, trails of exquisite silk and intricate embroidery were some of the highlights of the line. The colour palette moved from metallic silver and antique gold to rich burgundy, old rose pink, pearl grey and coffee brown. There were also elaborate mushroom-flower and bird motifs in delicate threadwork, bringing to life the legacy of exquisite craftsmanship that the designer is known for.