Manish Arora just got ass-smacked with a fresh, crisp towel when style.com posted a review of his Fall ready-to-wear collection. For having lack of focus. (Ugh. That’s so high-brow). The author, Maya Singer, writes:
"Arora does himself no favors by throwing so many ideas on the runway; the profusion makes it exceedingly difficult to extract key propositions, or standout looks."
While her article may still have some reasonable points, Ms. Singer is still missing the point. And so may Arora be. Not because he has too many ideas, but because he has unleashed something truly amazing—maybe just not in the direction he aimed his arrow. His collection, nonetheless, represents it. An era of new urban: colorful, ethnic, rooted in both dirt and concrete. Not counterculture or “other” culture, but cultural, magnificent, distinct… and common. According to the National Geographic, out of the 7.1 billion people in the world, the most typical person is Chinese (and male). By 2030, that person will be from the subcontinent of India. We live in a vastly globalized and urban environment. Urban is also synonymous with diverse. In Queens, New York, reported to be “one of the largest urban centers in the United States,” there are approximately 138 languages spoken. An example just to make the point clear.
Arora has only expressed one side of a faceted diamond, so here is one of many beginnings. Only time will tell whether this spark came from madness or genius.
(I think the madness of genius prevails).
Written by Monifa Aldridge
Image of Manish Arora from style.com