The WIFW grand finale by Manish Arora had psychedelic inspirations from Burning Man,the annual art fair at Nevada.
Delhis Pragati Maidan on Sunday night resembled a fortress with guards everywhere passes were double checked,and one part of the venue covered in black,as if concealing a secret. It was after all the grand finale of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2013 (WIFW A-W 2013) and it was truly worth the wait. We were awestruck for all the right reasons.
MSA 2 (stage area) had a long,and slippery,black ramp in the centre,a side stage for a live act by the Hilight Tribe from France and a big white screen to the right. I WAS AT THE BURNING MAN, screamed bright and bold words on the screen. Photographs from the experimental,self-expression festival that takes place at Nevada,took us through designer Manish Aroras trip. The psychedelic tunes of the Hilight Tribe set the tone for the show and models sashayed down the ramp to hoots and screams in the designers autumn-winter range. Truth be told,we expected the collection may not hold much ground before a dramatic presentation but Aroras signature genius stood out. Visuals from the festival found themselves as prints on the clothes. His numerous silhouettes included peplum dresses and skirts,sweatshirts,jumpsuits,jackets,trenchcoats,pencil skirts,fitted pants and turbans. The colour palette included pop pink,florescent orange,mustard,neon green,black,navy blue hues Arora was surrounded by at the event. He played with fabrics and juxtaposed them to create his line. So,there were lurex sweaters,cotton velvet skirts,Saga fox fur on collars and other materials such as silk crepe,nappa leather and quilted neoprene. His collaboration with jewellery brand Amrapali had dresses with long chains. He also included an accessory range with printed totes,hobo bags,corset belts and scarves. When he walked the runway,many got up to bow down to the master while some applauded and others danced to the trippy tunes of Hilight Tribe. The show wasnt quite done since many pleaded the band to keep their music going.