Manish Arora Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – PFW
Fashion designer Manish Arora has been shaping the fashion industry for a few years now, and is always in the front row when it comes to overwhelming Paris Fashion Week with his bright palette of colors. The newly unveiled Manish Arora fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection is particularly eccentric and piebald, with a great emphasis on an equally interesting richness in textures.
Mumbai-born Manish Arora, the first Indian fashion designer to present his collections at Paris Fashion Week, is internationally famous for some iconic hallmarks of his that, aside from a vivid color palette, include A-line skirts, embellished fitted trousers and geometrically structured jackets. As for the colors, Arora has always drawn inspiration from his motherland’s traditional costume, the Sari, the shades of which usually include blues, gold, and bold turquoise hues. He enjoys contrasts too, so those who are approaching his creations for the first time shouldn’t be surprised to find bright oranges combined with midnight blues and golden accents. Arora is all about happiness and colors, and he isn’t afraid to show this (nor to use them to a great extent!).
The latest Manish Arora fall 2016 collection is all about structured lines and bright colors, while still managing to display one of Arora’s softer sides, made of pastel shades and romantic silhouettes. The ethnic theme is inevitable in this collection, frenetically, yet always graciously letting us travel back and forth from the Far East to the Far West, at times making it even possible to be in more than one place at the same time. Arora opted for mixing his ethnic motifs together in certain looks, lessening not only the physical distances between different continents like Asia and Africa, but also pleasing a cosmopolitan society that welcomes all the different cultures as something to cherish and celebrate rather than reject.
When it comes to the main style used, Arora embraced a similar motto, focusing on lines, cuts and silhouettes that could be linked both to street-style, casual-chic and haute couture fashions. Arora even gave his own personal and colorful version of the upcoming fall’s biggest trends, such as quirky appliqués (he particularly enjoyed using furry ones), off-the-shoulder shirts and wide belts cinched around the waists. Most of his proposals include exquisitely beaded patchworks of different patterns, which vary from floral designs to paisley motifs to even fantasy world illustrations. Not entirely satisfied with the use of colors, Arora’s proposals feature appealing touches of light shades as well, which give some of the printed patterns optical 3D illusions.
Among the many interesting pieces, one couldn’t, of course, forget to mention the structured pieces, which feature not only rectangular sharp lines but billowy balloon shapes as well. Instead of only focusing on his favorite A-lines, he created dramatically round-shaped skirts too, balancing most of his pencil gowns with structured rounded jackets or even extremely puffy sleeves.
What’s even more interesting is the collection’s accessory line, featuring cowgirl boots and sophisticated hats, probably inspired by the English royalties, which definitely add even more quirkiness to the entire Manish Arora fall 2016 RTW collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue