Manish Arora RTW SS19
You can never have too much of a good thing.
Manish Arora, Ready to Wear Spring 2019
India provides colour and fabric inspiration like no other continent, and Manish Arora is typical of his compatriots that he plunders this creative heritage to the full.
– by Tony Glenville
The big difference is that as a general rule Manish subverts this beauty and colour into something even more complex and multi-layered in its references than is seemingly possible.
It appears that anything exotic, colourful or decorative is grist to his creative mill. The world of cartoons, tea parties, disco, Burning Man and a million other references keep the observer on their toes.
Can you imagine the classic American college letter blouson made in violet blue crinkle shine? A neon rib trim decorated with hearts? Hot pink flashes and rainbow applique letters?
Well Manish Arora can!
The elegant high-heeled boots were something like a brogue sneaker in neon, there were handbags shaped like cakes from a psychedelic patisserie, and raffia tassel earrings hanging right down to the models shoulders.
It shouldn’t work, but it does! Through the sheer bravura of the designers vision, the layering of the pieces and the quality of the craft and workmanship in every detail everything comes together.
This season there were several gowns whose covered up lines, from high neck, long sleeves and to the floor silhouettes, offered a larger canvas for some of the patterns and embroideries which were simply delicious.
The flavour of Emanuel Ungaro added zest to some of the looks, with cascades of ruffles, bold side bows and sinuous ruching, all adding a splendid sexiness, but never with vulgarity.
I think this is the trick to Manish Arora’s view- it is exuberant, it’s lavish and it’s fun but it has its own integrity.
As I mentioned these are collectable high quality pieces which can be taken away from the catwalk and worn in many less dramatic ways.
The happy smiles as the designer took his bows were matched between him and his audience, and lets be honest, happy is in short supply in fashion with many sombre designers tortured by their job.
Let’s hear it for Manish Arora; a happy designer!