Feminine yet sexy in design, the ensembles included skin-hugging and figure-accentuating gowns in grey, silver, coral, blue and purple wine.
While most gowns were sophisticated and sexy with geometric embroidery patterns, the designer pushed the envelope with a range of risquÃ© designs, with plunging necklines sheer panels and strategically placed embroidery. Gangwani also played with extended panels and large statement flowers on the dresses for extra oomph. A menswear range featured jackets, bandhgalas and Jodhpur pants with slip-on shoes.
Actor Kangana Ranaut walked as the showstopper, dressed in a purple-hued flared gown with a deep lace neck. The star looked party-perfect with her hair set in an in-turned style with smoky eyes and a diamond and sapphire bracelet. Commenting on her look, Kangana said: "This dress weighs around 30 kg or so. I was not walking the ramp but it was pushing me towards the direction!"
Aditi Rao Hydari, Sophie Choudry and Kriti Sanon during Manish Malhotra's show on last day of Couture Week.
The finale act for the fashion event was hosted by none other than designer Manish Malhotra at The Leela hotel in Chanakyapuri. Though the show began late, the front row was already turning out to be worth the wait, with veteran stars Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan seated next to each other. Others spotted in the FROW included Aditi Rao Hydari, Kriti Sanon, Sophie Choudry, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, designer Tarun Tahiliani, Pakistani actor Imran Abbas and musician Ayaan Ali Bangash.
The line titled 'The Empress Story' began on a high, showcasing a preview to his 'Manish Malhotra London' label with limited edition pieces, and a men's wear capsule collection. A bright red, deep neck gown with silver mushroom flower embroidery on the flared skirt caught everyone's attention and set the mood for what was to follow. The line moved on to a deep coffee brown, maroon, green, metallic silver and deep purple shades, with very chic shell-shaped belts and pink flower embroideries running across the length of the dress.
Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked as the lovely showstopper for the couturier, looking beautiful in a deep burgundy lehenga with floral embroidery, a matching blouse and a sequins shrug. Ash later said: "I met Manish 22 years ago when he was just starting out, so this is very special. He's been trying to get me to walk for him every year, so I had to be here for his special show."
Meanwhile, Manish, who completes 25 years as a costume stylist/director and 10 years with his eponymous label, said: "What makes it even more special is Aishwarya returned to te runway after five years for my show."