Opening the FDCI India Couture Week 2016, Deepika Padukone appeared in a resplendent red velvet lehenga that showcased the fine work of craftsmen of yore and was completely embroidered in vintage badla work. By Team Born of Web
There’s something magical about the fine 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. The collection weaved together the subtle nuances of history and legacy, to recreate the glory of a bygone era.
Malhotra’s design narrative was 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 adorned sheer and velvet fabrics, in lehengas with sheer tops, opulent velvet jackets over cigarette trousers, exquisite gowns and regal sherwanis. Intricate motifs meandered on 50 limited edition pieces, swathed in deep shades of maroon, emerald green and azure blue. This season, the traditional dupatta has been reimagined for the confident, modern women. Breathtaking jewellery with uncut polki diamonds and pearls by Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang added to the mystic aura.
Speaking about The Persian Story, Malhotra said, “While the collection is inspired by the stories, sights and poetry of Persia, every outfit has its own unique story told in the language of distinct colours, detailed motifs and rich fabrics.”
In a contemporary version of a Persian folktale, the scenography took guests back to the time of conquerors like Alexander the Great. 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.