Manish Malhotra showcased his latest wedding collection on the final day of the Delhi Couture Week, accompanied on the ramp by Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. It was a very special evening: for the first time in any Indian fashion show there were tables, chairs, ornate couches on the runway where guests could sit and enjoy the catwalk. When describing his intentions, Manish said: "My idea was to make the stage resemble a very old world town hall. Very 1930's. I think this is how a couture show in the 1930's would have been like. It was very personal and that is how I wanted it to be like".
The new line included sarees, lehengas and lehenga-anarkalis, all handcrafted using rich textiles like velvet and old textured silks. The palette included rich tints of red, royal blue, mustard, olive, beige and ochre. "The clothes were opulent and had the old world affluence. At the time of kings and viceroys, there was a lot of British influence on Indian clothes. That is what I tried to capture," Manish explained.