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Manish Arora

Delhi designer Manish Arora put up a painful display of creativity gone awry. An overdose of kitsch, comics and candy colours.
PTI | By Sunanda Kumar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2004 02:17 PM IST

Delhi designer Manish Arora put up a painful display of creativity gone awry. An overdose of kitsch, comics and candy colours.

Although the cuts were saucy and stylish, the colours were a bit too jarring for the average viewer. Comic character motifs ran across most of Arora's Fish Fry line with an exception in the last segment that had a very down-market black with gaudy red and yellow roses.

Quilted corsets, oversized sweater knits, body fit tee shirts, capris, tights, cat suits, skirts, and dresses appeared with large cut-aways, exposing skin or at least skin tones linings and embellished with perky little bows, pleated ruffles and metallic coloured pipings. Colours in hues of green, pink, red, blue orange, red and black were jazzed up with glow-in-the-dark fluorescents and metallics in the same colours. Arora's prints included a cartoon clipping featuring the adventures of himself and a crafty fish, monstrous faces on over printed backgrounds, monotones of sea-green printed into patterns of people partying, shimmering palms, and rose gardens set against an eerie black base.

The accessories were equally loud - oversized printed and quilted bags, multi-pocketed handbags; wacky tights with the same prints as the outfits; and crazy sports shoes in shiny patent colours, silver and glow in the dark greens.

The banshee-like "aflatoon" playing in the background totally captured the bohemian and kitschy look that the designer was probably aiming for. Mythological prints on tees paired with ruffled skirts in red, fuschia and orange. Pink lace tights with bows over cut outs in the thighs.

A very garish collection which was just about okay considering Arora's style and track record.

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