Persian paradise

Fawad Khan, Deepika Padukone & Manish Malhotra
Fawad Khan, Deepika Padukone and Manish Malhotra at India Couture Week 2016

There’s something magical about the marriage of craftsmanship and heritage. Manish Malhotra’s opening show for India Couture Week 2016 brought this magic to life, as he unveiled ‘The Persian Story’ at the Taj Palace, New Delhi.
Those who were there witnessed that the collection weaves together the subtle nuances of history and legacy to recreate the glory of a bygone era. The design narrative is inspired by the stunning architecture of Persia, blooming paradise of fauna and flora, and fearless royals that ruled their vast kingdoms.
Indulgent hand-woven gold embroidery adorn sheer and velvet fabrics, in lehengas with sheer tops, opulent velvet jackets over cigarette trousers, exquisite gowns and regal sherwanis. Intricate motifs meander on 50 limited-edition pieces, swathed in deep shades of maroon, emerald green and azure blue.
This season, the traditional dupatta is re-imagined for the confident, modern woman. Breathtaking jewellery with uncut polki diamonds and pearls by Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang added to the mystic aura.
The showing culminated with the stunning Deepika Padukone in a resplendent red velvet lehenga that featured a beautiful, seemingly never-ending trail, walking the runway. The lehenga showcased the fine work of craftsmen of yore and was completely embroidered in vintage badla work.

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