Josephine Baker goes raving for Manish Arora’s Spring Summer 2014 collection. Athletic sportswear meets the opulent energy and independent female spirit of the roaring twenties. Drop-waisted flapper silhouettes are re-imagined in sporty jersey and french terry in a juicy palette of banana yellow, sherbert pink, fuschia and mint green; updating the original party girls of the Charleston era for the 21st century. Art deco accents punctuate the collection from fruit-adorned jewellery recalling Josephine Baker’s bananas, through to a Great Gatsby-esque chandelier print. A graphic black and white Victor Vasarely inspired motif evokes the restaurant tiles of smoky Paris bars and heady nights in the City of Light. Sequin embroidery nods to the heroines of women’s liberation such as Amelia Earhart in the shape of aeroplanes and lipstick motifs, whilst deco-esque perfume bottles, staircases and ballrooms fuse into futuristically vibrant, psychedelic prints on waterproof parkas. Armfuls of fluoro bead bangles transport us back to acid house hedonism, paired with club kid backpacks. Reflector fabric flashes throughout the collection, embodying the strobe lights of club nights, on textured sequin sweatshirts, embroidered borders and sporty shoelaces that appear on the debut collection of Manish Arora shoes – complete with signature pink heart sole.
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