5 minutes with Manish Arora

The Delhi-based designer’s affordable collection at RIVA fashion hit stores last month. There are dresses, jackets, shirts and even mini-me versions for kids, with prices starting from Dh260.

This is the first time you are launching a collection in the region – why here?

The Middle East is a very adventurous market and my work is very adventurous too, so the personalities match very well.

There are so many elements to your extravagant designs – how do you put everything together?

After so many years I somehow just know how to do it now! I believe more is less, so nothing is ever enough for me and that’s how I put everything together.

This particular collection is a much lower price point than your ready to wear collection…

I really wanted to keep in mind the RIVA customer and make sure the products appeal to them, but also keep the Manish Arora brand in mind. It’s great that my designs can be more accessible to customers I can’t usually reach.

Do you think high street collaborations are the way forward for fashion designers?

Yes, I think as a fashion designer it is difficult to always reach the audience we want to reach, because of price or limited stores that our clothes are stocked in, so collaborations are a great way to reach a larger audience and sell more product.

Do you have a favourite look from any of your designs?

You can’t ask a father who is his favourite child! I love them all!

You show your collection in Paris – would you ever consider moving your show to India or somewhere else in the world?

Paris is the largest platform for all designers and I really believe fashion began in Paris so it is my dream to have my collection there. Being the first Indian designer in Paris and sustaining that for ten years is an incredible achievement for me.

When you have a day off what do you do?

I’m always working because I don’t see it as work I love what I do so I never really have a day off.

But you must go on holiday sometimes?

My favourite holiday is to go to Burning Man Festival in the desert in America.

Stay cool

It’s crazy to think that this hasn’t happened sooner but Levi’s Performance Cool jeans have finally launched in the UAE. The range – for both men and women – uses a high performance super-stretchy fabric that dries quickly and keeps away moisture, perfect for the humid summer weather! The Performance Cool material is used in many of Levi’s styles including the classic 511 jeans and the 711 skinny style. From Dh299, available at Levi’s stores.

Shop at S*uce

S*uce has launched Something Blue – an in-house collection created by the founders of the boutique. The nine-piece collection has a holiday feel with oversized floral prints, kaftans, kimonos and sun dresses in the looks. Perfect if you’re travelling this summer, or simply taking a stroll along the UAE’s beaches. With prices starting at around Dh350, you’ll have spare change for a postcard, too. Available now at S*uce boutiques and shopatsauce.com

Delicate deco

One of my favourite jewellery designers, Monica Vinader, has unveiled a new collection of delicate pieces. The Baja Deco collection is inspired by the 1920s Art Deco era. The simple jewellery in gold, silver and rose gold is set with coloured stones or ethically sourced diamonds to create minimal yet elegant pieces. My favourite piece have to be the fringed earrings, which really have a 1920s feel to them. Prices range from Dh500-Dh950, available at Monica Vinader, Mall of the Emirates.

Bag obsessed

I love the new range of handbags from Furla. The eight-piece jungle animal-inspired collection is cute but cool and will make for the perfect statement summer accessory. Whether you want to channel your inner zebra, or opt for a monkey design (complete with ears), you won’t be missed while carrying these. Dh1,465, available at Shopbop.com