Thursday, 1 March 2012

PFW A/W 2012 - Day 3


The show started with a gorgeous paisley print ensemble, with jackets, skirts and dresses covered in the green blues and orange hues, the combination worked beautifully finished off with cuffs and collars of white.  The coats were perfectly tailored and sculpted the body to a chic finish with mustard being the colour combined with matching fur finish around neck. The colour palette soon blended from the strong mustard to a delicious orange with added hints of sky blue for shirts. The silhouettes were sophisticated and youthful, which is what Carven is about. Girly and cinched in at the waist as well as long slung effortless skirts were adopted. It all looked easy to wear and adaptable which was a great strength that Carven has. Always consistent and luxurious the pieces were phenomenal and finished to faultlessness. Black was a classic input for an autumn winter collection which was done exactly right as well a few striped pieces to add a bit more oomph. As the show closed duchess satin dresses worked the runway in jewel blues and red, the perfect end to a great show.

Words by Sannita

Photos by Sannita

Manish Arora

As we took our seats against the blank canvas of a wall, artists started spray painting the wall in colourful splashes of orange, pinks and green. The show started before the artists had finished but by then you could see the words spelt ‘life is beautiful’. The first look to strut down the runway was a beautiful floor length elegant white dress with scattered green leaves across the dress. All models had gold leaves sculpted round the side of their head which related to the urban landscape of the location and collection. Outfits were made up of contrasting colours, such as pink, green, yellows and blacks. Experimental with his work Arora isn’t scared of mixing and matching texture as well as colour, he does it in the most skilful and fabulous way that each piece is a delightful piece of art. Silhouettes were of a 1950’s style, with strapless prom dresses cinching in at the waist as well as a hint of 1920’s with dresses that slung low at the hip with bright blue and yellow fur trim. An absolute delight to watch there were laser cut details in an almost holographic fuchsia pink. The make-up was also the highlight with streaks of bright blue and laser cut eyelashes, Arora collaborated with Nicolas Kirkwood to create chunky stacked peep toe heels. His signature digital prints came at the end which resembled the pattern on the invitation, in light fluid satins they fitted loosely and elegantly off the models. When the finale came , the models wore a whole new collection, and all stood by the graffiti, as they stood the dresses co-ordinated with the background, once again spelling ‘life is beautiful’ – the motto of the show.

p.s. I absolutely love him!


Me - Hat: H&M Blazer: Dorothy Perkins Trousers: H&M Shoes: Topshop

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