Fashion

PFW: Manish Arora Creates a Controlled Explosion of Kitsch

Fashion

PFW: Manish Arora Creates a Controlled Explosion of Kitsch

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For Spring/Summer 2015, Manish Arora created a pastel-pickled wardrobe of embellished pink and peach and mint hues, seemingly heavily influenced by the board game Pretty Pretty Princess. The softness of the colors were twisted into a controlled explosion of kitsch. The runway at the Palais de Tokyo was circling with baby pink roses blossoming up from the hems, translucent layers of lavender-hued fabric conjuring I Dream of Genie, iridescent and pearlescent skirts shimmering girlishly. Cartoonish elements created extra pop: holographic eyeballs gazed out from some models’ torsos, while blown-up graphics of lush upper lips, printed on dresses and tops, were like a beast from within escaping in fabric form. A host of ‘80s and ‘90s-esque lurex sporty cycling shorts were worn with beaded triangular fanny packs.

The accompanying accessories included prismatic necklaces, rings in laser cut plexiglass, and sun caps. Knapsacks, totes, and clutches were all coated with gleaming detailing of beads and pearls. The footwear consisted of two types of platform sandals in holographic PVC, adding even some sparkle to each step.

The silhouettes were slender, creating an ease to the movement of the busy prints and densely decorated designs, but the effect was incredibly over-the-top. The looks towards the finale became more and more intricately embellished, encrusted with beads and sequins, the items shimmering and pairing perfectly with a twinkling soundtrack of Grimes songs.