Alia Bhatt says there was a time when she wanted to bring down the curtain on designer Manish Malhotra's show. That was before she made her acting debut.
In 2014, Malhotra made her dream come true. And then this year, she returned to the fashion gala donning a long train dress that was decorated with floral designs. She completed the bridal look with a bun under a veil and red lips.
The collection, 'Sensual Affair', mostly saw lehengas and gowns with long trains and ample shimmer. He extensively made use of luxurious fabrics like silks, velvets and satin.
Breaking the monotony
Young and vivacious Disha Patani added glamour to the Manav Gangwani's show when she walked for the designer as a showstopper in black trousseau with 'maang tikka' adding drama to her looks.
"I think 'Maang tikka' gave a different look to my personality and it also broke the monotony. I love 'maang tikkas', it just adds so much to your face," Patani told.
Gaurav Gupta's couture collection that took references from the "sculptures found in the realm of a mythological forest", looked even more dreamy when actress Aditi Rao Hydari closed the designer's show.
Couture mostly means bridal in India, but the definition of bridal wear has changed, and Gupta proved that through latest collection, "Moondust".
"This collection is extremely couture. It's inspired by nature, forest, almost like a parallel world which is happening on the moon in a fairytale way.
"It is all these art like sculptures made into garments which are wearable sculptures. It's just about celebrating fantasy," Gupta told.
"We got mesh from Italy. We developed laces from scratch. That's what makes this collection haute couture," he added.
Royal all over
Dia Mirzaclosed Anju Modi's show by sashaying down the "environment friendly" runway in a traditional outfit, which is a part of the 'Sunehri Kothi' (Golden chalet) collection.
"Thank you for making me part of this as I am a complete nature lover. I can't imagine art, motifs inspired by nature. This collection really depicts that," Dia said while praising Anju.
"She (Anju) has been responsible for safeguarding our heritage. She has taken handicrafts and textiles to the next level. I felt exquisite today wearing this beautifully handcrafted outfit.
"It's delicate, intricate and has resonance of an era gone by," added the actress, who looks up to her mother for style.
"I took inspiration from the miniature art of 16th Century Rajasthan, especially Kishangarh. Dia looks like a princess from Rajasthan," said Anju, who used cow and deer motifs for her collection.
Bhumi Pednekar added glamour to ReynuTaandon’sshow.
Remaining true to her roots, Taandon in association with Rajnigandha presented collection titled "CYAN", which was inspired from the mysticism of peacock blue hues.
She showcased bold undertones of the Indian monsoon, intricate detailing and beautiful thread work that gently weaved in the magic and mysticism of peacock blue hues. Her collection was the perfect balance of traditional hand work.
Bhumi turned out to be a perfect showstopper in blue outfit. "I felt so comfortable walking in this outfit and I can wear this at any point of my life," she told.
Athiya Shetty dressed up in a glittery outfit looked no less than a princess for designer-duo Shyamal and Bhumika's maiden show.
"I have always been an admirer of Shyamal and Bhumika and been inspired by Indian art and craft. Seeking inspiration from the rich Indian heritage and history from the ancient culture, Shyamal and Bhumika create couture collections relevant to modern day sensibilities," Athiya told.
"The play of colours and the silhouettes in their designs are stunning and it is my absolute pleasure and honour to be the showstopper for their first ever association with India Couture Week," she added.
Shyamal and Bhumika took inspiration from rich Indian heritage and history and used its precious crafts and artisanal techniques to create couture collections relevant to modern day sensibilities.
Wonder of the cock
Arjun Rampal transported fashionistas back to his super modelling days when he hit the ramp in a black bandhgala and pants with designer Rohit Bal's newly introduced cock motif.