February 27, 2014 Paris
But Arora made sure to satisfy commercial cravings; those nylon backpacks with floppy legs that approximated a baby sling will sell fast. Candy-striper knits in red and white were equal parts cute and clever. Covered in large-scale photo-realist prints, the sporty separates would be the perfect fit for a K-pop video (see Katy Perry's "California Gurls" for inspiration).
You might start to wonder, however, whether there was a more substantial geo-sociopolitical message to the collection: Imagine if the residents of Candy Land were forced to flee their sugar shacks in the wake of new threats from the Insulin Resistance. But no, Arora's raison d'être was sweetness and optimism to the core. By the end, when the models took a turn with the house lights dimmed so their blinking LED kicks would provide one last jolt of cloying, you weren't sure whether to hand Arora a gargantuan lollipop for originality or put him on an indefinite sugar ban.