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MANISH ARORA

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DECO SUPERHUMAN

Paris: London-based Manish Arora listed 1920s deco as a major inspiration for his collection this season. The deco references were evident, but the collection read as many more things as well — futuristic, otherworldly, psychedelic, and superhuman — to name a few. As far as deco goes, there were geometric prints, chevrons, and the neon bobs that gave some models a robot-esque Louise Brooks look. But no matter what the designer was referencing, he filtered it all through his own Technicolor kaleidoscope lens. Arora updated the peplum by offering a pleated bubble version, as well as one that had been attached to a dress on a diagonal slant.  Shoulder shapes alternated between masculine and feminine; one model wore a stiff cape that created a shoulder line similar to that of a football player, while another look featured enormously puffy, doll-like sleeves. A few silhouettes, as well as an insect-looking print, were mildly reminiscent of McQueen’s iconic last show. These perhaps tributary looks were slightly softer and definitely less serious than their original reference. With another curious and multicolored season in the bag, it’s probably safe to assume that Manish Arora is not one for serious fashion.

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