Thursday, September 26, 2013

Manish Arora .. Spring 2014 .. Paris Collections

Well here is a welcomed moment in the seemingly never ending line up of homogenized runway shows… clothes created by a  designer who brings a smile to your face.  In a sort of 21st century version or combination of Franco Moschino, Castelbejac, Cavalli and Sonia Rykiel, Manish Arora has certainly carved a niche for himself with a brand of humor, clothes and technique, much the same as the others did years earlier.

No, he doesn’t fit in to any mold and he may not exactly follow a trend of any kind but he has a perspective and from what one can see, part of that perspective is to have a sense of humor and enjoy what you wear.  In my opinion the clothes might show better if they weren’t piled on print on top of pattern on top of print but with a discerning surgical eye, there are lots of pieces that would certainly appeal to a lot of ladies.

The collection is a riot of color and a cacophony of prints, to say the least, and supplies plenty of attention grabbing pieces but I’m guessing that discretion and blending in are hardly the focus here.  For me, I‘ll take 5 of these collections in comparison to all the high minded inspired collections that only produce unwearable and ill-conceived clothes. These are impulse buys at retail but then again it surely is not the kind of collection that blends in with all the others or might be considered a “destination” resource.