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This was long due: Manish Arora
Times of India - 27 Sep 2008

The next edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week is here and so are the announcements.

Sapna Kumar in a Manish
Arora creation (TOI Photo)

The first one is about the designer who'll be doing the grand finale of the WIFW. As we had already informed you, it is going to be Manish Arora, who will showcase his collection at the grand finale for the WIFW.

Atul Chand, divisional chief executive, ITC's Lifestyle Retailing said, "We are committed to the vision of the FDCI. The key highlight of the fashion week is the grand finale and we are glad that it is Manish Arora's turn this season."

FDCI president, Sunil Sethi too expressed his appreciation that Manish is the chosen one and said, "Manish has grown and matured tremendously as a designer over the years and he is just getting better with every season. I am glad that he will be doing the grand finale this season."

As models Sapna Kumar, Laxmi Rana and Sonalika Sahay walked the ramp in outfits created by Manish, the designer sounded elated as he talked about the theme he has thought of for the grand finale. "I think this was long due. I am happy that I have finally got a chance to do the finale. My collection 'Manish Arora Circus' explores innovative techniques of embroidery like hand-made appliqu├ęs, digitally printed sequins as well as traditional Indian gota embroidery. The unique textures have been achieved with the use of leather sequins and ostrich feathers."

Manish interprets scenes from the circus in his own artistic style in the form of prints and embroideries. Silhouettes in the collection include short dresses, mini skirts, trousers, voluminous jackets, ruffled skirts and dresses as well as pieces largely inspired from circus costumes as is evident in the clown pants, bra tops, bat-wing sleeves, multiple bows and jumpsuits.