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PFW: MANISH ARORA SS16

Paris party bunnies and technicolour dreamcoats, Manish Arora SS16 is for 24 hour party people.

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Disco Inferno

Bookended by towering hair, and towering Terry di Havilland metallic platforms, Manish Arora’s more psychedelic – less sports luxe – offering was a complete sensory indulgence. With layered tinsel-fringe dresses and crop tops in golds, reds, and purples, star print lurex bodies, and moire trousers, skirts and jackets in peacock green-cum-purple, these are looks to burn up the floor with. Why opt for casual 70s chic, when you can literally play a walking disco ball? Awesome.

Cross my palm with Sequins

The unmistakeable ‘gypsy’ theme also entered the game from the off (upon entry a huge ceiling full of lightbulbs literally screened the words ‘gypsy disco’ – hard to miss). Layered full skirts came in highlighter hues, elasticated Esmerelda tops matched, while glitter crocheted knee-high socks were teamed with every look. There was endless embellishment: sequins, mirrors, beads, explosive plastic neon flowers – all handwork, and all carried out with extreme precision. Indeed the sum of these intricate parts led to a slight feeling of aggressive dress-up – and as separates the offering is certainly more wearable – but then again, why the hell not? The theme of ‘gypsy’ is however a rather questionable one – it is unclear where the fashion industry has gleaned this rather costume-like trope from – yet again another glamourisation of a culture which has been fetishised for its code of dress. Wearers… tread carefully.

Bunnyla the party girl!

The muse for Arora’s SS16 collection was ‘Bunnyla’ – his favourite, unstoppable, Paris party bunny. Clutched by the models and they diva-ed down the runway, this sequin embellished bunny comes with condoms tucked into her knickers. The press release talks of a girl who is at the centre of every party, every night – each time with a new beau. There’s no stopping her – and my this is such a refreshing offering: non-shaming of the woman who wants to have sex, and party all the live-long day. Props.

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Photographer: Thursrtan Redding

Words: Tom Rasmussen

PFW: MANISH ARORA SS16

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