Invitees at the French embassy recently were witness to Manish Arora’s new collection for Indian, inspired from military motifs and feminist history. The designer collaborated with Swarovski, to bring forward a dazzling collection boldly silhouetted, and put together to bring his imagination of the modern woman. A representation of the modern Indian bride, Manish Arora unveiled his latest – Indian by Manish Arora Festive 2015-16 collection at the Embassy of France over an evening hosted by HE Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India.
The evening began with the grand unveiling of a Renault Duster embellished by Manish Arora as a representation of the various colours and facets of India and the Indian by Manish Arora label.
For the collection showcased, Manish Arora envisioned the modern Indian bride who decides to go globetrotting. Renouncing everything that is mundane, she picks up her scarves, glittery backpacks, shimmery skull bags and set out on a journey. The collection was created and curated as a meticulous travel plan for her.
The evening saw in attendance the socially prominent guests from Delhi — Pernia Qureshi, Kalyani Chawla, Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta, Anupam Poddar, Dimple Poddar along with friends from the Fashion fraternity — Sunil Sethi, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Malini Ramani, Rajesh Pratap & Payal Pratap Singh, Namrata Joshipura and many more. Talking about the collection and the inspirations, Manish said, “Through the course of her journey, the bride is stunned by the intricate mirror work in the courts of Golestan palace in Iran. In Africa her senses are illumined when she stumbles upon exquisite Ethiopian beadwork. In the Topkapi palace’s Ottoman architecture she gets a glimpse of the sacred while in Europe she is enchanted by the eerie beauty of the Kosovo brides. She parties hard in her denim lehnga in America and makes offerings at the most beautiful temple she has ever seen in exotic Bali. Witnessing a magnificent opera performance in China she makes her way back into India where she rediscovers her own roots.”
The collection also marked the Indian by Manish Arora collaboration with Swarovski, which echoed in the brilliance that all the outfits exuded. Iridescent and scarabeus greens, aurora shades and patina effects were showcased and highlighted through the extensive use of Swarovski crystals. Washed denim embellished with fluorescent beads, and crystals made its way into the contemporary Indian brides trousseau in a never-before-seen manner. The modern Indian bride that the avant gardist Manish Arora envisioned just so beautifully were draped in jewellery pieces like the exquisite chokers and necklaces from Hazoorilal Legacy.