Manish Arora is not known for restraint when it comes to pattern and color, but the dense digital prints he showed for fall felt more current than ever. The Indian designer was inspired by a visit to the Burning Man festival in Nevada to create a print that overlaid psychedelic geometric motifs on a desert landscape with a cloudy blue sky. Alternatively rendered in color against a dark backdrop of evening clouds, the patterns took on an Aztec vibe and were used to emphasize the curves of a peplum top.
Arora broke up the hyperactive bursts with more sedate urban looks, such as a navy brocade top and matching skirt embellished with thick bands of copper and black sequins. Particularly appealing was the knitwear, a new category for the designer, which included a floor-length navy Lurex knit dress worn with piles of gold jewelry — part of his ongoing collaboration with Indian jeweler Amrapali.