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PICS: Manish takes Indian style to the Paris catwalk

Last updated on: October 8, 2012 18:14 IST

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Here's a glimpse of Manish Arora's fashion show during the recent Paris Fashion Week, which was an homage to India.

He's known for edgy and eccentric designs which cater to primarily Western tastes, but Manish Arora decided to draw inspiration from his homeland for his latest collection of womenswear.

"Suddenly it struck me, I have never had Indian silhouettes in my collections," he was quoted as saying with regards to his showing at Paris Fashion Week.

The creations drew upon Rajasthani glamour and had desi accents in terms of both silhouettes and accessories -- geometric printed kurtas, angrakhas with churidaars and sequinned jackets with gota patti were seen on the runway, as was fierce jewellery, ranging from panther and antelope maang tikkas, to mirrorwork kamar bandhs and ghungroos.

Seen here is just such a design, consisting of bright snakeskin effect churidaars and a printed kurta, topped off with a beaded maang tikka and jhumka earrings.


Image: A Manish Arora creation
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

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Next we see a dress influenced by the angrakha, embellished with whimsical sparkling circles and a belt that creates the peplum effect.


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While this electric number highlights the designer's love of colour, don't miss the embroidered touches at the shoulders and waist.


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This number, a 3D structured creation with cut-away detailing, bears Arora's signature quirky style.


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Tassels and sequins come into focus with this ensemble, topped off with a colourblock jacket featuring ethnic embroidery.


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If you have a taste for animal prints, this bright outfit, complete with a tiger face woven on the front, should hit the spot.


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Pastel jeans are jazzed up with a chain belt and another of the tiger-faced tees.


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We see a collarless geometric take on this button-down jacket, embellished with embroidered cuffs.


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A closer look at the jewellery, which played a major part in the show, features panther and antelope heads on the maang tikkas, beads and tasselled belts, hung with innovative trinkets.

Particularly unusual were the spiked face-bands, which circled the bottom of the models' eyes.


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Arora seems partial to heavyduty bling himself, in terms of jewellery -- take a look at that watch, spotted when he stepped out at the close of his collection!


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