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Inspired by nature, marked by style

Manish Arora kicks off the first show of IFW with models sashaying the ramp to tribal beats, reports Sidhi Chadha.Pics | Download | Sizzlers | Schedule | Style

india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 02:11 IST
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"For me, life is beautiful. It is full of colours and enthusiasm," this is how the enfant terrible of the fash frat puts forth his spring-summer 2007 line. And on this note, the Delhi designer kicked off the first day's first show of India Fashion Week in the capital.

Tothumping beats of tribal music, models sashayed on the ramp wearing meticulously hand-crafted separates that ranged from brocade tweeds to fishnet stockings, from ciggie pants to razor-back t-shirts.

Inspired by nature and the jungle, one could easily comprehend that a lot of manual work has gone into Manish's line. Some of the creations like mid-waist jackets, cropped shrugs and capris in brocade had gold work and floral designs embossed on them which looked both rich and wearable.

The silhouettes comprised of empire line knee-length dresses, beaded hot pants, mini-skirts, embellished capris and jeans, tops, capes, shrugs and cropped and quilted jackets. The fabrics he chose were silk chiffons, net, cotton silks, brocade, knits and organza. To sum up Manish's collection in one line - weird, colourful and flashy.

Critical take

The collection was a re-hash of the line he showcased in the India Fashion Week, this April. This makes us wonder if Manish has become predictable. And if he plans to showcase this line at London Fashion Week in September, better keep your fingers crossed, Manish!

Buzz-o-meter: 6.5

Late-o-meter: 10 minutes

Wearability: 5

Highlights of the line were the hot balloon knee-length skirts and dresses. Brocade jackets also get the thumbs up. Birdie headgears in different hues added to the theme. Flashy gold and flowery bags and boots were also quite attractive.

Can you wear this line?

Well, for the dare-to-bare types, this Manish Arora collection is definitely for you. However, the clothes would only click with the buyers if the designer presents a watered-down version of his line.


AD Singh, Isabella Rose, Tarun Tahiliani, Malini Ramani, Hemant Sagar, Manoviraj Khosla, Vijay Arora, Sunil Sethi.

First Published: Aug 30, 2006 16:22 IST