He wouldn’t be Manish Arora if there wasn’t a bit (or a lot) of wacky and wild in his collection. “Indian by Manish Arora” was a spectacle of colour, texture, and scale at India Couture Week 2014.
Manish Arora never shies away from accessories, and his “Indian by Manish Arora” collection brought some of his heaviest, layered looks yet. After several successful seasons, this show featured his final collaboration with Amrapali Jewellers.
If we had to describe the collection in one word, it would be beads. They come in different shapes and sizes, colours, and locations. We loved the tropical feel of the lighter lehengas in yellow and orange, and the meticulously placed geometric embroidery and embellishment on the lehengas, gowns and jackets. We did note some repetition from last year’s show, mainly in the striped lehengas.
Trends: Big beads. Pearlescent pastel appliques, clear crystals, and large pearl embellishments. Layers and layers of jewellery in the form of necklaces, bracelets, and headpieces. Striped lehengas, bell bottom-style ghararas, high-waisted tops and gowns, and structured jackets worn over saris, and embroidery concentrated at the neck.
Colours: A range from bright red, coral, pink, and turquoise, to soft oranges and yellows, pastel pinks and blues, pearl, and black.
Styling: Manish Arora is known for being experimental and bold. Try layering a mix of gold, silver and pearl necklaces, all of different lengths and sizes. For makeup, try bright colours for your round bindi, or go wild and arrange a rainbow of bindis above each eyebrow, bridal style. Skin is even and dewy, with a slash of bright neon yellow, coral or hot pink on the eyelids, plus bright lips.
Click through our slideshow below to see more photographs from “Indian by Manish Arora” at India Couture Week: