In attendance were: Noor Fares, DJ Georgie Bee, Philip Sallon, model Histria Soler, Imran Amed & Nikhil Mansata, Karen Binns, designers (who will be showing over next two days) Julia Clancey, Artsi Ifrah, Alon Livne’ & Joshua Scaheri, Toni Blaze, Leroy Dawkins, Kornit CEOs Ronen Samuel & Chris Govier, Diana Gomez, artists Subodh Gupta & Bharti Kher, Manish’s partner Michel Baudrat & Astrid Kearney
Kornit Fashion Week launched with a bang in London tonight, with an opening show by legendary Indian designer Manish Arora, in the Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden.
The show celebrated fashion, futurism, and human diversity at its best, with incredible performances by vocalist and composer Bishi; ‘living sculpture’ Daniel Lismore; performance artists Is She Hungry, Charity Kase, Pandemonium, Michael Moon; and recording artist Virgin X.
Challenging the old ideals of beauty and fashion through a liberation of the senses, Arora explained after the show that it wasn’t just one inspiration, but everything in his head.
The show began and ended with a speech by Daniel Lismore, after which the audience was taken on a further exploration of the senses – this time into the metaverse via Oculus VR headsets.
An after-show party continued into the evening, with a DJ set by Georgie Bee and cocktails provided by Ciroc.
Manish Arora “I’m all about colour and its uplifting effect on humanity – so what better way to celebrate the colours and beauty of the world than by bringing some of these incredible and diverse artists together, and then take them from our own reality into the metaverse via an extraordinary VR experience.”
Legendary show producer Motty Reif adds “The reason why I started this project was to challenge and transform the old notions of beauty. For me, fashion is people in the grandest sense, so I wanted to celebrate beauty in all shapes, ages, genders, colours and religions. It feels like a liberation from the old ideals.”