Called by some as the ‘John Galliano of India’, Arora couldn’t help but use a rich palette of colors even for his Manish Arora spring/summer 2016 collection, that to a great extent may be regarded as a huge melting pot of cultures, with Spanish, Gipsy and Carioca’s influences. At the same time, there’s a hippie allure that is also the thread that runs through the entire collection.
Manish Arora, Indian best-known fashion designer, has always been pretty popular on the catwalks since his very first debut at Paris Fashion Week in 2007. Each collection has drawn applause from its audience, and has shown Arora’s ability with colors and fabrics. His signature style is in fact a bright and vibrant potpourri of happiness and of playful clothes, often linked to his Indian heritage thanks to his impeccable theatrical designs. Eccentric motifs in garments, kitsch appliqués, unconventional materials and Western silhouettes are also one of his trademarks and at the same time denote the designer’s passion to create unconventional outfits that seem to be meant for strong and opinionated women.
Bolero jackets adorned with psychedelic hippie prints, bell bottom metallic pants and red turtleneck long sleeve T-shirts introduce us to the Manish Arora spring 2016 collection, and represent the clear Spanish input Arora was looking for his collection (and to be honest also seem to be made for futuristic toreros).
Following Margiela’s footsteps, Arora decided to bring flawless male models to the show, giving his personal interpretation of, and contributing to, the post-gender trend. Below mid-calf skirts, both layered and tiered, combine gipsy influences with hippie prints thanks to some cheerful and bright paisley embroidery motifs. Wide maxi dresses and bouffant skirts take advantage of Arora’s color-block patterns, creating a one-of-a-kind mixture of colors.
Straight dresses with butterfly motifs along with flared mini-dresses adorned with floral appliqués take the collection to its Carioca’s turn, reaching its Brazilian peak with some oversized T-shirts with butterfly sleeves. Structured tops and asymmetrical shirts are infected by the same explosion of colors, while black layered dresses interrupt the collection with their shiny golden studs.
Hats and shoes are equally important to this collection, as proven by some ethnic looking hats with strings of pearls, colored bonnets and metallic structured platform sandals and pumps. At the same time, they represent Arora’s celebration of ethnical and traditional dresses.
Metallic fringe dresses and skirts are often worn over flesh-colored turtleneck blouses, giving more dynamism to the line-up. Moreover, Arora’s woman will apparently still be pairing ankle or knee-high socks with the right pair of shoes, and it may be next season’s most-seen trend.
Arora’s wild sense of colors, prints and decorations was surely evident in this delightfully chaotic collection, and has once again proved how the Paris Fashion Week needs such an unconventional artist that manages to break the rules while celebrating traditions.
Photos courtesy of Vogue