Paris Fashion Week, Fall Winter 2017:
Manish Arora, Rundholz and Token Paris
Manish Arora's latest collection, 'Cosmic Love’, showcases the designer's flair for eye-catching, vibrant colours and detailed embellishments inspired by his Indian heritage, but with a contemporary twist.
Arora introduced the brand’s fall/winter 2017 collection with a spectacular show set in the Grand Palais. From headpieces and neck accessories to tunics, long jackets and booties, each look created an explosion of colour and texture through bold layering, ultimately making it a dance party for the eye. Feathers and wisps of fabric were added to the headpieces, creating a soft motion to the looks as they moved down the runway.
Having been awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in February 2016 by India’s French ambassador François Richier and with 2017 marking his 10th year showing at Paris Fashion Week, Manish Arora adds one more stunning collection to his amazing achievements, celebrating it through a truly memorable show.
Carsten and Lenka Rundholz, the designers behind the German brand Rundholz, have been creating unique collections in their secluded home in Germany since 1993.
In their latest one, presented during Paris Fashion Week, black is the dominant colour, and even made an appearance on the models’ lips and heads by way of huge afro wigs. Midway through the show, strands of green hair were added to the black wigs, serving as an introduction to the looks in army green that followed, a few of which featured a graphic black handprint.
A mixture of fabrics and shapes in draped layers graced the runway. The conceptual aesthetic of each piece as well as the distinctive army green colour give a military-like vibe, enhanced by large pockets and structured cuts.
Token Paris has once again pushed the boundaries of style, in the best way possible. Taking inspiration from their first experience of launching the brand, the designers’ fall/winter ‘17 collection questions the perception of what it means to be a young fashion designer, as opposed to the reality of it; 'Glamour vs. Instant noodles and cheap beer.'
Combine the words broke and baroque and you end up with the titled concept: 'Baroke.' The brand’s signature print, ‘Young, Broke & Fabulous’, made of cigarette buds, tin cans and destroyed dolls, set the tone for the show. Reminiscent of styles from the ‘90s, the collection includes bejewelled and sequined pieces in velvet, mesh and brocade leather, most of them in neutral tones, paired with beautifully embellished chokers, long diamond and gold drop earrings and chains.
For the person who is confident, free-spirited and with a little edge, these pieces promise to add that special ‘nonconformist’ touch to everyday wear. Never a disappointment, Token Paris has successfully presented a collection worth checking out.
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