Guest post by Noelle Verhelst
Manish Arora – Street art and street wear are taken to new brights!
Having always drooled over Arora’s flawless use of highly pigmented colors and knack for turning unwearable fabrics into the most intricate and eye catching designs, I had very high hopes for his Automne Hiver 2012/13 collection. The designer, hailing from New Delhi (originally Bombay), single-handedly put India onto the fashion map in early 2000. With past shows debuting at London, New York, and Milan fashion weeks, Paris was lucky to have Manish again this year! The bright colors were literally flowing from the live spray paint show, the music was pumping, and the models rocked the designs with attitude. Manish shows are always full of excitement and a live performance each one more exciting than the last!
As the clothes were heading down the runway you could just picture the likes of Katy perry and Nicki Minaj wearing every article. Manish emphasized neon pink and deep turquoise shades intertwined with beautiful reds and purples. Everything from day dresses to evening gowns seamlessly awed the fashionable spectators. Full skirts made from tulle, nearly bordering tutus, and holographic fabrics graced the runway as artists graffiti-painted the backsplash with the word “beautiful”.
Intricately designed cap sleeve bolero jackets were made out of small chiffon circles in turquoise and royal purple. They were reminiscent of a rainbow fish! The models wore electric blue eyeshadow and dramatic yet utterly gorgeous gold head pieces around their chignons, that the designer made himself. With such full shapes and delicate accents the collection was a fusion of 1920’s glamour, the disco-era metallics, and whimsical colors.
It is clear that the designer finds much inspiration from the traditional saris of his native India. While it might take a bit of courage to wear some of Arora’s designs, he consistently delivers true works of art that feed the plates of fashion addicts all over the world.