Manish rocks Day 1 at IFW
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Manish rocks Day 1 at IFW

His collection was extremely entertaining. It seemed like a motif out of a kid?s drawing room.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:32 IST

The enfant terrible of the fashion industry just received his first ever-standing ovation! And apart from some prominent designers and celebrities queuing up for a dekho, the show surprisingly saw an overflow of buyers too!

On the beats of live instrumental music from Ishq bina to Kajra Re on dhol, Manish’s show truly rocked. And why shouldn’t it? With all the madness and passion engrained within, the Delhi-based designer never fails to shock his audience.

About the show: Dramatic? Yes. Predictable? No way!


This year’s collection was extremely entertaining, as it seemed like a motif out of a kid’s drawing room. Ranging from deep purple to green and from oranges to shining golden, Manish’s palette was flooded with hues.

The designer was pretty loud in displaying his creations as models scorched the runway in round neck tunics worn over translucent shirts, shorts dresses with balloon sleeves in empire cuts. Teamed up with the ensembles were funky stockings/leggings in different shades.

Overall a decent show for a designer, who is still learning the tricks of the trade.The creations were visible in most effervescent colours: Golden, burgundy, red, green, and yellow ruled the colour palette.

Spotted were zipper jackets and trench coats in brocade that added to the lavishness. Silhouettes were western but the motifs and work on it were authentically Indian. Also, the separates comprised of chinese collared long jackets, silk shirts. Sporty racer back jackets and A-symetrical were also seen. A typical quality of a ‘Manish Arora’ label.

The clothes were heavily embellished with sequins, multi-coloured embroidery, patch work, quilting especially on the tweeds, flouncy skirts and floor length coats. Cartoons and sketches were also embossed on the skirts and rear side of jackets.

Fabrics used were velvet, brocade, silk, chiffons, knits, fleece, etc.

"I simply love Manish’s creations. It was typical ‘Manish Arora’. I am sure when it comes to wearablity, he will present a simpler version of these clothes,” JJ Valaya.

Also seen on the ramp were shoes specially designed by Manish Arora. Models’ faces were embossed with embroidered masks. The designer depicted his creativeness by also using kaleera and sahera on the heads of the models.

First Published: Apr 05, 2006 19:02 IST