Manish Arora used the term "futuristic baroque" to describe his Spring collection. But considering the over-the-top, Ladies Who Gaga clothes shown today, perhaps the slightly riper era of rococo would be more appropriate. It was a time when artists really let their freak flags fly, as the Mumbai-born Arora is often known to do.
As for the futuristic part, Arora provided a base of candy-bright colors in latex leggings and streamlined color-blocked clothes for his oversized appliqués, and big shiny flourishes of gold horns that wrapped around legs and shoulders. With peplums shaped like taillights and contrast-hued flanges on skirts, models looked like race cars built for the Mumbai 500, clearly an event where you're rated on style as much as speed. It's probably not a coincidence that Arora collaborated with wacky milliner Christophe Coppens for hats formed into toy cars.
Coming after the above, the show's finale of sequined dresses and suits with postcard motifs was relatively serene. Perhaps it was Arora's way of saying he wishes you were here on this strange trip with him—it certainly looks like a fun journey.