Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made a stunning comeback to the ramp after almost five years as a show stopper for designer Manish Malhotra's newest collection titled "The Empress Story" at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015.

Manish, who completes 25 years in the film industry, has been associated with Aishwarya for many years now, and the actress was only too happy to be a part of his show on this important occasion. "I have known him 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," she said to 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," said Manish Malhotra.

Malhotra's collection was was influenced by his passion for reviving centuries-old Indian craftsmanship. Each outfit in the collection was special as there were limited editions and it presented Indian intricate detailing on classic western silhouettes.

Aishwarya looked beautiful in a red outfit with lots of golden bling work. Well, who better than Aishwarya to represent an empress collection!

Kriti Sanon, Aditi Rao Hydari, Pernia Qureshi, Pakistani actor Imran Abbas and Shabana Azmi also walked the ramp at the fashion gala.

Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan was seen sharing some light moments with Shabana, and was also spotted clapping for her daughter-in-law Aishwarya as she walked the ramp.

- with inputs from IANS

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