When Aishwarya Rai walked the ramp after many years as the showstopper for designer Manish Malhotra at the HDIL-India Couture Week (HDIL-ICW) opening show, the first thing she did was to give a naughty wink to husband Abhishek Bachchan and blow flying kisses too!
Looking stunning in a white voluminous lehenga with heavy eye makeup, Aishwarya walked with ease and made sure she made her man feel special by constantly looking at him and blowing kisses from the ramp.
After the show, the two hugged each other and looked like a couple very much in love, especially with junior Bachchan praising her catwalk and the former beauty queen accepting the compliments with warm smiles and strong eye contact.
"Even I don't remember the last time I walked the ramp for a fashion show. I don't think I have ever walked during a fashion week. But, yes, it was long overdue for Manish," Aishwarya said after the show.
Though the audience would have loved to see the couple walk the ramp together, Aishwarya justified his absence saying they didn't want to keep Manish hanging as Abhishek was busy with shooting and could have got stuck at work.
"Manish has been trying to get me on the ramp for quite a long time now, but I have been keeping so busy that I couldn't even watch any of his previous shows, forget about walking. But this time, things just fell into place," she said.
Accompanying Abhishek was his mother Jaya, who too cheered for her daughter-in-law with equal enthusiasm. Besides them, actresses Sonam Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Riya Sen, Sophie Chaudhary and director Imtiaz Ali were also there to cheer for Manish.