THE PERSIAN STORY
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 weaves together the subtle nuances of history and legacy, to recreate the glory of a bygone era.
Manish Malhotra’s design narrative is inspired by the stunning architecture of Persia, blooming paradise of fauna and flora, andfearlessroyals 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 reimagined for the confident, modern woman. Breathtaking jewellery with uncut polki diamonds and pearls by Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang (Available at GK1) added to the mystic aura.
On this occasion, Mr. Sandeep Narang, Owner, Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang said, “We are thrilled to be on board with Manish for the opening show of Indian Couture Week 2016. It was like a dream come true when Deepika & Fawad sizzled the ramp by wearing our masterpieces. Manish undoubtedly is an ace designer when it comes to Indian wear and our jewellery beautifully matched the attire & concept of ‘The Persian Story’.”
Speaking about ‘The Persian Story’ Manish said, “2016 marks an important milestone as the ‘Manish Malhotra’ label celebrates 11 years. The Persian Story is a special collection as it represents a new design story for the label. 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. I would like to thank my good friend and sponsor of this show, Mr. Sandeep Narang, for providing the stunning jewellery for this opening act of ICW 2016.
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. Shabana Azmi, Sophie Choudhary, Pernia Qureshi, to name a few – graced the front row.