Turning to his own roots, Manish Arora chose India to inform his spring lineup — yet not of the Bollywood variety. In a welcome move, his interpretation had a distinct vibe without, for the most part, feeling too literal. He updated the country’s pastel pinks, blues and greens, and worked traditional jewelry motifs into ornamentation prints and embellishments.

Arora put the razzle-dazzle into every look, sometimes getting a bit carried away. Thus less was more on the prettiest of the bunch, such as a crisp light-blue T-shirt with a gold beaded neckline and a long tiered necklace adornment, paired with a wide skirt in a chain and brooch print. A T-shirt with shoulder embroidery and a tiger-head motif topping skinny jeans (a collaboration with Notify) also looked fresh.

Arora’s new jewelry with Amrapali — particularly the gold headpieces — added another bit of Indian spice to the collection.

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