India Couture Week is returning tonight promising to be bigger and better than ever with a few exciting surprises thrown in.

The event hosted by the Fashion Design Council India in association with title sponsor, Amazon India, Amazon India Couture Week 2015 will span over 5 days at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.

12 of India’s finest couturiers will be showcasing timeless collections in front of a lucky audiences and the designers are set to mesmerize on this occasion with glitz, glamour and Bollywood showstoppers.

Here are a few things we are looking forward to covering from Amazon India Couture Week 2015.

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  1. Sabyasachi, Sabyasachi, Sabyasachi! Okay, bear with us as we try to contain our excitement..

Master couturier, Sabyasachi Mukherjee will be collaborating with French shoe designer, Christian Louboutin for opening night of Amazon India Couture Week. Sabyasachi’s aesthetics will be matched with Louboutin’s iconic Parisian footwear.

This is Louboutin’s first ever, creative collaboration with an Indian designer and likewise for Sabyasachi. A huge milestone for both these maestros.

“This time, for womenswear, the focus is stilettos, and who better than Christian Louboutin? What I appreciate the most about his shoes is that in spite of the high glamour, the brand manages to keep alive a sense of quirkiness, and that resonates well with our brand philosophy.” – Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Expect luxe bridal couture, shoes and handbags in daring hues. Sabyasachi’s collections have a regal feel about them, yet they still manage to evoke modern sensibilities.

A pure genius. Cannot wait!

Manish Malhotra and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - The Maharani Diaries
  1. Style guru, trendsetter and India’s most popular fashion designer Manish Malhotra will close out Couture Week with a bang!

 Beautiful Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will return as Manish’s muse after a 5 year hiatus.

‘Couture Soiree’ will be a celebration of the ‘Manish Malhotra’ label, which this year completes 10 successful years.

“This finale show at couture week is going to be a departure from what you’ve seen, with an intimate setting as we are going to present a preview of our limited edition MANISH MALHOTRA LONDON LABEL.” – Manish Malhotra

Manish is promising old-world charm with luxurious 1950’s ensembles in front of an intimate, vintage backdrop.

  1. Colourful designer, Rohit Bal is promising a ‘world of fantasy’ for his audience

Rohit has been teasing us via social media for the past few days with glimpses of his designs for his collection supposedly titled, ‘Husn-E-Taa’iraat.’

Based on previous Rohit Bal shows, we can probably expect quite a bit glamour, extravagant sets and breathtaking bridal and groomswear.

Rohit is a bit of a showman in the Indian fashion world, so we are looking forward to him breaking out into one of his signature runway dance performances again.

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  1. Anju Modi – star designer behind Rajasthani costumes featured in magnum-opus, ‘Ram Leela.’

Her upcoming collection is set to be inspired by Persian culture and she has taken inspiration from Bollywood director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next release, ‘Bajirao Mastani.’

“My collection is inspired from Persian culture as I have been working on ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and had to create outfits for the Persian princess’ character. She is a girl who hails from Persia and the character is such that I needed to do a lot of research anyway.” – Anju Modi

Modi will pay homage to India’s rich textile heritage. We’re expecting beautiful and rich textured gowns and lehenga’s with Persian influences featuring intricate zari embroidery and thread work.

  1. Monisha Jaising’s ‘Sailing Bride’ promises light-weighted ensembles for the cool laid-back bride.

“We have constructed silhouettes that are easy to handle as well as chic and trendy. There is no hassle of draping and pleating, making it a perfect choice for a wedding on a yacht.” – Monisha Jaising

From the sounds of it, we can expect silks, chiffons in beautiful resort like colours. Jasing’s collection will appeal to the destination-wedding bride.

  1. All eyes will be on Rajul Mishra’s debut collection titled, ‘Tree Of Life.’

“In a way this collection focuses on all the aspects that create glory in the villages of India and how they interact with cities, technology and the world at large. There is a great deal of participation from weavers and embroiders who live there.” – Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra is debuting his collection for the first time at Amazong India Couture Week. He is promising to showcase luxe sportswear as well as traditional lehengas, saris and this year’s must-have item, capes.

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  1. Experimental designer, Gaurav Gupta will present ‘Enchanted Forest’

“Many a time I have heard criticism about conceptual avant-garde designers creating garments which are a ‘part of their fantasy world’ and are impossible to be worn by regular people. Fantasy and its figments have always remained the lot of the stories I narrate and strongly believe in.” – Gaurav Gupta

The talented young designer is showcasing delicately embroidered and intricately crafted ensembles featuring zardosi work and lace.

Expect vintage and timeless silhouettes at this year’s Amazon India Couture Week.

  1. Bollywood’s current reigning ‘Queen’ of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut will showcase the showstopper for Manav Gangwani’s French inspired collection

“The collection this time is French collection, called “Le’amoureuse” (the beloved) and who else is better than Kangana to wear the final outfit. She is a dear friend and is perfect as my muse. I have worked with her in the past, she is a very versatile person and the collection is also very versatile.” – Manav Gangwani

This will be a departure from Gangwani’s signature style, but we are more excited about seeing Kangana back on the runway at Amazon India Couture Week.

  1. MAC Cosmetics

MAC cosmetics are well known for their trend-setting makeup looks at runway shows and at this year’s Couture Week event, beauty and fashion aficionado’s are expecting nothing less.

Are you excited about this year’s Amazon India Couture Week?

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Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries blog. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pass times and she also enjoys giving up her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.