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Manish Arora to create magic at Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale
Sep '08
Wills Lifestyle, ITC's premium fashion brand, announced Manish Arora as the designer for the Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale at the forthcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

The collection for the finale - 'Manish Arora Circus' will interpret the drama of circus in his own signature style. Manish Arora will also create an exclusive collection for Wills Lifestyle that will be retailed from Wills Lifestyle stores across the country.

Announcing this at the Wills Lifestyle store, South Extension, Atul Chand, Divisional Chief Executive - ITC's Lifestyle Retailing, said, "Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale has always set new benchmarks in creativity and have been a great mix of fashion and entertainment.

This season Manish Arora will be taking the same tradition forward and create magic on the ramp in his signature style."

He further added, "Wills Lifestyle being a premium fashion brand believes in providing its customers with the finest in fashion and thus the collaboration with Manish Arora, one of India's most revered fashion designers.

With these tie ups, our aim is to make designer wear accessible and relevant to our customers. Manish will be designing an exclusive collection for Wills Lifestyle stores across the country."

Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, "Manish Arora is a perfect example of excellence in design and clothing construction; we are delighted that he will be the Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale designer at the forthcoming edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

He is the new face of Indian fashion within the country and internationally. His collections are imaginative and inspiring; making him one of the most sought after designers in India and overseas.

FDCI also appreciates the initiative taken by Wills Lifestyle to make designer wear more accessible through these designer tie ups."

He further added, "The synergy between Wills Lifestyle and FDCI, to benefit the fashion industry, is excellent and together we look forward to another successful edition of WIFW."

Speaking on the occasion, Manish Arora said, "It is indeed an honor to be the Wills Lifestyle grand finale designer. The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week platform is a powerful one and I hope to be able to create a collection that will delight the patrons of the label.

It is a significant engagement between both the brands and I am sure the audiences will be thrilled to view the show and access the creations on display."

The collection by Manish Arora for the Wills Lifestyle grand finale explores innovative techniques of embroidery like hand sown appliqué, digitally printed sequin as well as traditional Indian gota embroidery.

Unique textures are achieved with the use of leather sequins and ostrich feathers. Manish interprets scenes from the circus in his own artistic style in the form of prints and embroideries.

Silhouettes in the collection include short dresses, mini skirts, trousers, voluminous jackets, ruffled skirts and dresses as well as pieces largely inspired from circus costumes as is evident in the clown pants, bra tops, bat-wing sleeves, multiple bows and jumpsuits.

The Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale will take place on 19 October 2008 in New Delhi at Pragati Maidan.

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