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Manish Arora received some sage advice from a grande dame of Paris retail: that he needed to lighten up. Not his spirit—Arora is as jolly as designers come—but his fixation with ornamentation. It’s all relative, of course. Scale back the embellishments on Arora’s designs by half and they would still qualify as maximalist by most standards. It was clear today, though, that he took her words to heart—at least to the extent that a fluorescent eye or nose-ringed goddess appeared across the final series of sweater dresses that will represent Arora’s entry-level retail offering. But even here, the Lurex yarn was iridescent, as if to underscore that the designer will never reject the trippy touches that bring him such joy.

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