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It was only last week that Indian designer Manish Arora was officially announced as next to take the reigns at Paco Rabanne, but already anticipation is high for the directions he will take the brand. For those not quite familiar with Arora, a small exhibit of his work has been sitting underneath New York's nose for the last couple months, in the windows at Nespresso on Prince and Mercer Streets in Soho.
Manish, in his past brand collaborations, redesigned champagne bottles and Swatch watches and even MAC makeup, but his most recent mini-collection was for Nespresso. Last November in Paris, Arora showed clothing looks inspired by the espresso company's 16 grands "crus" (types of coffee) and created these display panels to hang in select Nespresso cafes around the world. Of course New York's features whimsicla Art Deco skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty and taxicabs, but also espresso shots sprouting wings and little Nespesso capsules dressed for the opera.
The panels are terrifically detailed, and sadly most tourists walk right on by. The artwork won't be up for too much longer, and of course our first thought is: hmm, wonder if they'll sell it?
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