As he often does, Manish Arora picked a theme and used it in the most bizarre fashion, far removed from what it evokes for most people. Remember last season? He claimed to be inspired by the freedom of the 1960s, and designed a collection of stiletto heels merging into ultra skinny jeans. The decade appeared in the shape of a single A-line dress (and arguably the smoking of chichas on the runway). This season, the New Delhi born designer found new inspiration for his luxurious eccentricity: graffiti art.
Throughout the show, street artists painted early 90s inspired bright letters that were to spell out ‘life is beautiful’ by the end of it. As for the clothes, they were only very loosely connected to the culture. The designs represented timeless classics, to which he gave a stylized urban nudge.
Painted-on faces appeared on three piece skirt suits and flouncy bustier cocktail dresses; red lips popped up all over black velvet pencil skirts; flapper girl tops-gone-nuts bore theatrically oversized sequins, a comic take on bling.
The classic, surrealist Arora seeped in via 3D organic motifs, shimmery neck pieces and an indulgent use of electric blue, giving the whole thing an Avatar feel.
As for the graffiti theme, it could also be found in an attempt at casualness: there were t-shirt-esque tops, simple three quarter length trousers à la Audrey Hepburn, and even some denim. Now that’s Manish gone street.