Paco Rabanne SS12
Paco Rabanne has not shown ready to wear since 2006. But damn, did those 5 years produce results.

As it was Manish Arora‘s first collection since taking over the brand, I will let him explain his Spring/Summer 2012 collection:

“The workmanship is similar [between my own work and Paco Rabanne’s work]. We like to work hard, we like to make dresses that take 25 people and 20 days to make and that’s the value of Paco Rabanne that I appreciate and that’s the common factor”.

While Manish has a real flair for sci-fi showmanship, he seemed to put his own agenda to the side and focus on the delicate relationship between revival and heritage. In homage to Paco Rabanne’s first collection in 1966 – “12 Unwearable Dresses” – Arora used the concept of dresses made from unconventional materials to show modern, bodycon, panelled chain mail dresses.

The show was fantastical. With models descending to the runway via escalator, the largest number of non-caucasian models in any Spring/Summer 2012 (a very welcome change) and a binge of innovation so turbulent you need a patch for it, Arora has hit yet another home run. View Post

Manish Arora SS12
I will say it for the rest of my life: no matter what direction he goes in, Manish Arora is a motherfreaking genius.

What do we all love Arora for? The theatrics. The fun. The playful transcendency. All of which are readily available for Spring/Summer 2012. Those, and a wholly intended introduction to slightly less wild, though just as incredible, ready to wear garments. All sharp, futuristic, and significantly witty. If someone can own a dégradé effect of black and white butterfly-wing sequins trailing into a feather-packed midi dress, they deserve abundant praise.

As for his design debut at Paco Rabanne in just a few days? He says “…that’s going to be a show“. Eep! View Post

Manish Arora Fall Winter 2011
Paco Rabanne made such a sublime decision by naming Manish Arora as their next head designer; his Fall/Winter 2011 collection has ended up as my sweeping favourite of the seeason. Mirth and sophistication are the two reactions Manish evokes for the Arora Woman, a feat he succeeds in through wild motifs and forties silhouettes. Both Aztec and Indian notions were on scene throughout the presentation, putting a gratifying glaze on garments that construe fashionable frivolity. See the top five looks below! View Post

Paris Fashion Week

Tuesday March 01

10 am IMPASSE DE LA DÉFENSE
11 am FATIMA LOPES
12 pm HARRYHALIM
1 pm MOON YOUNG HEE
2 pm AMAYA ARZUAGA
3 pm AGANOVICH
4 pm ANTHONY VACCARELLO
5 pm HAKAAN
6 pm MUGLER
7 pm NICOLAS ANDREAS TARALIS
8 pm JOSEPHUS THIMISTER
9 pm HUSSEIN CHALAYAN

Wednesday March 02

10 am DEVASTÉE
11 am DAMIR DOMA
12 pm GUY LAROCHE
1 pm ANNE VALÉRIE HASH
2 pm LIMI FEU 155
3 pm DRIES VAN NOTEN
4 pm FELIPE OLIVEIRA BAPTISTA
5 pm ROCHAS
6 pm GARETH PUGH
7 pm PEACHOO KREJBERG
8 pm RUE DU MAIL (by Martine Sitbon)

Thursday March 03

10 am BALENCIAGA
11 am ZAC POSEN
12 pm MANISH ARORA
1 pm ANN DEMEULEMEESTER
2 pm SHARON WAUCHOB
3 pm BALMAIN
4 pm BARBARA BUI
5 pm RICK OWENS
6 pm LUTZ
7 pm AF VANDEVORST
8 pm NINA RICCI
9 pm BLESS

Friday March 04

10 am ROLAND MOURET
11 am ISSEY MIYAKE
12 pm GASPARD YURKIEVICH
1 pm BERNHARD WILLHELM
2:30 pm CHRISTIAN DIOR
3:30 pm ISABEL MARANT
4:30 pm MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA
5:30 pm LANVIN
6:30 pm VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
7:30 pm PEDRO LOURENCO
8:30 pm YOHJI YAMAMOTO

Saturday March 05

9:30 am JUNYA WATANABE
10:30 am HAIDER ACKERMANN
11:30 am TSUMORI CHISATO
12:30 pm MARTIN GRANT
1:30 pm VIKTOR & ROLF
2:30 pm CACHAREL
3:30 pm VÉRONIQUE LEROY
4:30 pm SONIA RYKIEL
5:30 pm COMME DES GARCONS
7 pm JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
8 pm LOEWE

Sunday March 06

10 am AKRIS
11 am ANDREW GN
12 pm en attente
1 pm CÉLINE
2 pm COSTUME NATIONAL
3 pm ALEXIS MABILLE
4 pm HERMÈS
5 pm JOHN GALLIANO
6 pm KENZO
7 pm ESTRELLA ARCHS
8 pm GIVENCHY

Monday March 07

10 am STELLA MCCARTNEY
11 am EMANUEL UNGARO
12 pm LÉONARD
1:30 pm GIAMBATTISTA VALLI
3 pm en attente / to be confirmed
4 pm CHLOÉ
5 pm COMMUUN
6 pm VANESSA BRUNO
7:30 pm YVES SAINT LAURENT

Tuesday March 08

9:30 am MARIE BISHARA
10:30 am CHANEL
11:30 am COLLETTE DINNIGAN
12:30 pm JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC
1:30 pm INGRID VLASOV
2:30 pm VALENTINO
3:30 pm JUNKO SHIMADA
4:30 pm MARITHÉ & FRANCOIS GIRBAUD
5:30 pm SHIATZY CHEN
6:30 pm en attente / to be confirmed
7:30 pm ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Game On Vogue India Manish Arora
For “Game On” in Vogue India, Iekeliene Stange gets caught in an incredible shoot styled by the one and only Manish Arora. What makes it so interesting is the subtlety of the sportswear. It’s just not at all distracting from the concept or lens of Diego Fuga. View Post