Well, someone’s been watching “Game of Thrones.” But rather than a murky color scheme and a derivative set of allusions, Manish Arora’s legions of warrior princesses were dazzling, daunting and intrepid. His heady mix of references were pulled from multiple eras and cultures: Native American feather headdresses, Roman centurion armor, Indian embellishment and vivid hues. Arora’s always-technicolor palette featured richly sunny yellows, deep crimsons, royal blue and regal purple—all injected with shots of pink and gold.
The collection veered from ornamented jackets to sweeping capes, elaborate bright dresses to casino-glitz shimmering skirts. Owls, ravens and iridescent dragonflies bobbed on shoulders—a kitsch menagerie of bejeweled companion creatures. Longer hair was in braids all tied in knots, and models’ heads were topped with clipped blonde hairpieces, as if having razed the hairlines of those they’d vanquished. A sense of the ferocious warrior was further felt with elaborate spiked headpieces, though the dangling “trophy skull” bags were more emo-kitsch than cannibal. (And as cool as the women looked, nothing makes you look less powerful than a… backpack.)
Manish Arora’s girl may be a “pop” heroine, but a strong one for sure. To think of the long lineage of reigning men, all the kings and sultans and military commanders—no way could any have looked half as impressive as these bad bitches. Women look damn good as powerful figures, and it shouldn’t have to be just a fantasy on the runway to be true.