Manish Arora returned to runway in India with a bang, closing the third day of PCJ Delhi Couture Week. Funky was written all over his show with a very innovative conceptualisation. The show area was completely transformed with neon lights, polka dots, his trademark whistles distributed to guests – almost reminding Delhiites what they have missed in the last three years.
The ramp was turned into a long cage with florescent lights dangling all over. The models took turns walking in and out of the cage — flaunting outfits that Paris has seen but what Delhi was witnessing for the first time on ramp. The entire area smelt of fresh flowers.
Arora took a refreshing break from Indian and bridalwear. The clothes weren’t anything that we hadn’t seen before in Paris, but were brought to Delhi for the first time.
Not all of them can be termed ‘haute couture’, but they all had a touch of glamour and drama attached to them. A lot of the ensembles have been sported by international celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.
The designer showcased pieces from quite a few of his collections and alternated between Spring-Summer and Autumn-Winter. It began with India-Pop and moved on to Warriors, Circus, Hybrid animals & Wildlife, Space/Disco, Art Deco, Baroque, Magic, Joy of Living in 1960’s and Graffiti Art.
Models strutted about in short dresses with lights fitted on them, dresses with warrior-like chest guards and tunics with fur jackets. It was back to Disco 80s with chain jumpsuits that had power shoulders, shimmery short dresses, disco jackets. There were fish-scale ponchos paired with formal skirts, one-shoulder dresses, gypsy dresses, short dresses with cape neck.
Fabrics ranged from satins to velvets, silks and furs in hues like oranges, blacks, reds, powder blues and more. The ensembles were jazzed up using pop art, Indian faces printed on them. Some even had lip motifs with cigarettes dangling from them.
There were voluminous gowns, wool dresses with detailing on the sleeves and shoulders, metallic feathers stitched to dresses, beaded tassels stitched to dresses, fur shrugs, rosettes, cutwork and a lot of detailing.