The show notes name-checked Art Deco, but Bollywood-meets-Blade Runner
might've been a more apt description of Manish Arora
's more-is-more show (which was held, rather ironically, in a dusty but not unimpressive old library in the historic Lycée Henri IV). "Bollywood" because nearly every piece was embroidered with crystals or beads (some of the subtlest and best in the geometric patterns synonymous with Deco), and Blade Runner
because of the sci-fi warrior shapes of the shoulders…and let's not forget the LED headdresses, like earphones tuned to a frequency from deep space, with which the final three models accessorized their fluorescent Louise Brooks bobs.
There were some potential crossover hits, including a 1920's-ish sack dress with gray sequins above the drop waist and below it a starburst of hot pink embroidery; a vibrant stained-glass tee and matching jodhpurs; and a structured dress with embroidery tracing the neon-lights pattern of its fabric. But Arora is most definitely on his own trip.