Ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra's 'Portraits' showcase at the Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week (ICW) was an amalgamation of vintage embroidery on contemporary silhouttes. Bollywood's young talents Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur turned confident showstoppers on the ramp.
The wooden three-ramp set-up was elaborate with a chandelier and stylish tea light holders lining the divisions between the ramps. The walls were adorned by different sized empty frames - denoting the line's title.
Models sauntered the ramp in exquisite creations which brought to life different expressions of gold - from antique vintage gold to old-world yellow gold and more.
On multiple pieces, the designer has used an ethereal touch of Kashmiri Zari work. Some of the zari work is coupled with elaborate ivory thread work set against the backdrop of colours like beige, grapevine, emerald, ruby red velvet and tulle.
Malhotra said: "It has a very old world charm...old world intricate embroidery. It took a lot of time. A lot of pieces took inhouse hand embroidery work of about three to four months.
"I thought that the whole take was modern. And by the title, we were talking about portraits which are really timeless. Tonight is one such timeless moment. It's the first time Aditya and Alia are coming together," he said.
Alia, who has impressed movie goers and critics alike with each of her films so far and is riding high on the success of "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania", flaunted a red lehenga so heavily embroidered that she was nervous while walking in it. Whereas, Aditya was dressed in a heavily embroidered gold sherwani.
The duo posed for shutterbugs whole-heartedly as they enjoyed their big moment.
More than the showstoppers, what was intriguing was Malhotra's use of mirror work in the line; his idea of using zari embroidery on a 'turtle' neck of a blouse; and the attention to detail on the work on the back of the costumes. It seemed admirable.
The show received an applause from the audience, which also included celebrities and socialites like Shahnaz Hussain, Vandana Luthra and Ayaan Ali Khan.
Overall, Malhotra summed it up by saying: "The collection is speaking of Indian couture and bridal. The mirror work is a statement this season, and we are happy to use vintage red - the old world bright red. (There are also colours like) gold, emerald green and ruby red," he added.