The show was quite the spectacle, as is to be expected from Malhotra. The back of the runway had been transformed into a grand palace entrance and the catwalk had been replaced with paving stones. To the sound effects of a strong wind blowing, models entered through smoke. Tulle, lace and brocade were seen in abundance along with hints of delicate silver Kashmiri embroidery and velvet edging. The colours were more subtle than usual in ivorys, creams, sorbet pinks, purples and mint greens. Malhotra presented a twist on the classic choli; a bustier blouse with full sleeves and a high neckline in sheer tulle. A few sari tops in all-over lace, were elegantly cut and one was worn with a sparkly bustier underneath. The hems of the anarkalis edged in velvet or lace were graduated, shorter at the front and longer at the bottom, showing a hint of brocade or print on the churidars, and following the larger international trend for asymmetrical hems. Rich and luxurious as ever, this was signature Malhotra, yet with the lace, tulle, embroidery and candy box colours it was pleasantly understated. He may not be an avant-garde, but he does have his finger on the pulse and a handful of new tricks up his sleeve every season.