Paris fash­ion must-haves

Global Times - Weekend - - LIFE -

Soc­cer’s big­gest stars burst onto the Paris fash­ion run­way on Thurs­day with Ney­mar, Kylian Mbappe and Edin­son Ca­vani pop­ping up on T-shirts and satin bomber jack­ets by In­dian de­signer Man­ish Arora.

The flam­boy­ant cre­ator has linked up with their club, Paris Saint-Ger­main (PSG), to pro­duce a line of women’s clothes in­spired by its stel­lar trio of strik­ers, in­clud­ing ver­tig­i­nous stiletto soc­cer boots in a mix of hot pink, lime green and gold aer­tex.

In the most col­or­ful and joy­ous cat­walk show of the week so far, Arora re­made the team’s crest with the play­ers’ faces sur­rounded by ador­ing hearts in In­dian Zar­dozi metal em­broi­dery.

A kalei­do­scopic por­trait of PSG’s dishy Brazil­ian de­fender Thi­ago Silva adorned an­other top, while Ney­mar’s fea­tured on the shiny scar­let tongue of Day-glo rain­bow train­ers.

“Life can al­ways be more col­or­ful,” he quipped as he also sent out soc­cer-shaped gold chain bags dec­o­rated with the play­ers’ faces and names, and jack­ets with stag­ger­ing leop­ard-head shoul­der pads.

The traf­fic-stop­ping out­fits came with leop­ard hand bags “com­plete with laser eyes,” the ul­ti­mate WAG (wives and girl­friends) swag.

“Girls just wanna have fun” – the show’s ti­tle – also made it onto those soc­cer boot stilet­tos.

Then there was the model in a heart-cov­ered wed­ding cake gown, her face done up like a wacky Snapchat fil­ter, not to men­tion the three-tiered cake bags.

“The kitsch quota comes good enough to eat,” Arora joked, and it doesn’t take a huge leap of the imag­i­na­tion to see them mak­ing it onto WAG credit card bills.

The show went down a storm with crit­ics, with the style bi­ble Women’s Wear Daily hail­ing Arora for “reach­ing out to a global au­di­ence” and nudg­ing his clothes “up­mar­ket a notch, trim­ming away some of the ex­cess with­out los­ing any of its punch.”

This was not the first time that PSG has in­spired Paris de­sign­ers. Last year the smart young French brand Koche sent out a line of re-imag­ined silky PSG tops.

The of­fi­cial link-up with Arora, how­ever, is part of PSG’s strat­egy to be­come a global en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try brand, with a cap­sule col­lec­tion drawn from the show due to go into the shops in China and In­dia in Fe­bru­ary.

Man­ish Arora

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