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Manish Arora's Paris trick

fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 05, 2011 01:22 IST
Zofeen Maqsood
Zofeen Maqsood
Hindustan Times
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Designer Manish Arora, known for his quirky designs and magical drama, literally created some magic on the runways of Paris. Arora, 38, who showcased his collection on Wednesday at the ongoing Paris fashion week which took off on March 1, got a Russian illusionist to perform for his show.

The models appeared and disappeared from a glass case as they showcased his Autumn/Winter collection, inspired by magic dolls. The bling, sequin and patchwork crafted and tailored with finesse kept the Indian flavour alive. There were his famous bell-shaped skirts and body-con dresses in velvet and satin in cheery hues. Arora managed to wow the audiences and the international fashion press alike with his quirky act.

British newspaper Telegraph’s fashion editor Hillary Alexander wrote, “They say that sometimes fashion happens as if by magic. And then there are times when it really is magic.” The Canadian Press wrote, “When you are Manish Arora, each season, you got to raise the bar. The Indian designer took Paris by storm with sculpture-sprouting collections that were unlike almost anything else out there.” Washingtonpost.com reported, “There was plenty of drama on the runway from the collection by India’s inventive Manish Arora.”

Closer home, designer Anupama Dayal says, “He allows his shows to be entertaining without compromising on the kitsch spirit of India.” Designer Falguni Peacock says, “Manish’s show was all about creative madness.” Designer Raghavendra Rathore says, “Manish makes for a perfect ambassador of India.” “His cutting edge talent will take him places,” says Rina Dhaka.

All about Manish
Delhi-based Manish Arora studied at NIFT in the Capital and started his label in 1997. He is stocked at 84 well-known stores worldwide, including Harrods, Dover Street Market, Maria Luisa and Saks Dubai. Known for his psychedelic designs and kitsch motifs, his clothes have been worn by pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears, among others.

Indian designers on the global runway
New York Fashion Week: Ashish Soni in 2005, Sabyasachi Mukherjee in 2007, 2008
Paris Fashion Week: Rajesh Pratap Singh in 2008, Ritu Beri in 2005, Anamika Khanna in 2007, Manish Arora debuted in 2007
Milan Fashion Week: Sabyasachi Mukherjee in 2004, Rocky S in 2005, Tarun Tahiliani in 2004
London Fashion Week: Manish Arora in 2005