One of our favourite Indian designers, Manish Arora, presented a collection inspired by Brooklyn graffiti at Paris Fashion Week, AW 2012. 

While some may describe the show as garish, we love Manish’s bright take on fashion. The man takes risks on the runway, and it’s paid off, with Manish now heading creative design at fashion and fragrance house, Paco Rabanne.

Bright, bold, non-winter colours were featured in a collection that was actually quite tame compared to other years. Beautiful models in high-waisted, pleated skirts (an ongoing trend through several seasons now), a-line skirts and striped t-shirts provided a gorgeous contrast to the graffiti painted on the wall by hooded artists during the show. For trend watchers, think bright jewel tones, pop art, graphic art designs and prints for next winter.

The setting was something different for the international fashion crowd who took in Manish’s show – rather than a traditional showroom or runway, the designer chose an outdoor setting under a concrete overhang by the banks of the river Siene. The graffiti artists painted the words, Life is Beautiful, during the show, and if we can get our hands on of those dresses, it certainly will be.

Photography: Christophe Ena/Associated Press

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