The odorous emissions from the graffiti sprayers painting the show’s backdrop at Manish Arora made several in the crowd feel queasy and even a little trippy — a deliberate move, perhaps, as the designer’s surreal lineup could probably only be enjoyed in an altered state. Sober, the textured and embellished black velvet looks, some featuring lip-shaped adornments with cigarettes dangling from them, were just this side of ugly.

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