Manish Arora presented Fall Winter 2016 womenswear collection during the Paris Fashion Week. The collection is inspired by David Lynch’s films, featuring sandy tones and bright colours palette.
On a lost highway through the dark heart of America, the scene opens on our heroine for Manish Arora AW16-17 – a prairie pioneer with pop overtones. Dressed in a dusty palette of earthy, sandy tones and motel room beiges shot through with signature Arora pink in fuschia and fluoro, coats are embroidered with swirling studded horsemanship details. Our cast comprises an eclectic and mysterious assembly of characters straight out of a David Lynch film, from bar-room belles in mesh neoprene ruffles to wranglers in rodeo embroidered denim, emblazoned with wagons, cacti, horseshoes and hearts:- Twin peaks on haribo. The Autumn Winter collection’s list of players includes cameo roles by famous Paris faces and friends of Arora such as Ellen Von Unwerth, Chantal Thomas and Debra Shaw. Denim features heavily throughout, reworked in multiple versions:- enzyme wash stencil-printed denim, laser-cut leopard print hand-brushed denim, studded denim cowboy shirts and jackets embroidered with guns and roses, topped off with bandanas, cashmere scarves and trompe l’oeil guitar handbags. Classic Americana from cowboy dressing to mid-west mall style is subverted with African underpinnings – patch-worked African wax-print fabrics and tribal embroidery adorn draped capes and billowing prairie skirts. Things are not what they seem – surreal prints of fantasy mountain landscapes disguise hidden illusions:- heart lakes, horse clouds, cat mountains and faces hidden in embroidered flowers. Leopard print is re-imagined using laser-cut tweed patch-worked and embroidered to re-create the classic animal print, or hand-stitched in black and pink sequins for a femme fatale version. Embroidered thread feathers cascade on dresses and sleeves, and fur trims finish suede neoprene tunics and snakeskin cowboy boots. Rockabilly pin ups appear in studded and embroidered nappa leather jackets and shearling bikers whilst sinister jeweled face harnesses are paired with showgirl flamboyance. For the final scenes of our day-glo western, our cast gathers in the intimate back rooms of smoky bars and smoldering saloons filled with melancholy jazz where dark secrets are forged for the season ahead. – from Manish Arora
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