‘Enjoying being in front of the camera again’
Designer Manish Malhotra unveiled his newest limited edition collection titled “The Empress Story” at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015 and who could be the better choice than beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as the showstopper for the final show of the fashion gala.
Despite being under the weather, Aishwarya looked as confident as ever as she walked for the designer in an ensemble that reflected femininity and sensuousness.
“I have known him (Manish) from very long . He was with me right from the beginning when I started my journey so it is certainly a proud moment for me to walk for him as a showstopper. I have viral but I had to be here as I always liked his collection. Its so special,” said the globally renowned Indian actress and the mother of one.
“It’s always a pleasure to wear Manish Malhotra’s creation. His designs are a visual delight. We first met in 1992 and since then I have seen him grow as a designer. Every year before his show, he used to call me up asking me to be a part of it and finally I decided to walk for him after 5 years,” Aishwarya told press after the show.
The actress was apparently down with viral fever but she still flew down to Delhi for the show. “I have been unwell and I was really scared how was I going to look on the ramp because of the viral, but thanks to my friend Mickey Contractor, it is because of him I look the way I should be looking,” she added.
The showcase was held at a special off-site event at The Leela Palace here on Sunday and since Malhotra is known as the favourite designer amongst the Bollywood fraternity, the show had to possess grandeur.
While the ramp was decorated like a rose garden with chandeliers adding more spunk to the entire feel of the finale, the presence of some of the popular faces from Bollywood added the glamour quotient.
While Kriti Sanon, Aditi Rao Hydari, Pernia Qureshi and Pakistani actor Imran Abbas represented the young faces of Bollywood, veterans like Shabana Azmi added their own charm to the fashion gala.
However what took everyone’s attention was the presence of veteran actress Jaya Bachchan who was not only seen sharing some light moments with Shabana but also spotted clapping for her daughter-in-law Aishwarya as she walked the ramp.
Malhotra showcased his collection titled “The Empress Story” – a line that will debut in Spring 2016 at the first Manish Malhotra Flagship Boutique in London and Dubai.
Sharing his inspiration this time and the idea of choosing Aishwarya as the showstopper, the designer told IANS: “2015 is a very special year for me as it marks 25 years as a costume stylist/director and 10 years of my label ‘Manish Malhotra’. What makes it even more special is Aishwarya returned to runway after five years as the showstopper for my show. She is a style icon. She is beautiful and stunning.”
Aishwarya is all set to return to the big screen after a gap of five years with Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa but the Bollywood diva says she does not understand the hue and cry about it as she never felt being absent from films.
The 41-year-old actress’ last movie outing was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish in 2010.
Aishwarya says she is enjoying being in front of the camera again and looking forward to the release of “Jazbaa, which also stars Shabana Azmi, Irrfan, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Jackie Shroff.
“So far the experience has been great. Sanjay has been so nice. The whole cast— Irrfan, Shabana ji, Chandan, Jaggu Dada (Jackie)— everyone has been great. I am glad to be working with them. I do not feel like there has been any gap. I am really enjoying,” the actress said.
The film, which is set to release on October 9, is a remake of the 2007 South Korean movie Seven Days.