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Mysore Fashion Week
 
ROHIT BAL
Runway Report
 

Despite the rains, all roads led to Bikaner House where Rohit Bal opened FDCI India Couture Week with 'Shahaan-e-Khaas' — a collection that aims to resuscitate royal Mughal costumes, by inflecting the heritage craft with modern sensibilities, to appeal to today's A-List set. As the first looks came out, I couldn't help thinking that looking at Bal's work is a bit like looking at fine art; the work of a visionary artist. And there's always a personal element — tonight witnessed his friends and colleagues on the catwalk including Arjun Rampal- FDCI President Sunil Sethi- Kalyani and Tahira Chawla- Raghavendra Rathore- Tina Chatwal- Mozez Singh and many others alongside the models.

 

This season, Bal's signature lotus and peacock motifs got a new patented companion, the rooster! The base was a confluence of the Silk Route; the heritage of Kashmir and the haute grandeur of Russia. Standouts — ones that could be described as wearable art — were the intricately embellished, handcrafted long jackets worn with silk lehengas that floated over the body into a floor-kissing puddle, the lehenga-cholis with lavish gilt embroidery worn with a demure jacket and the ivory dresses layered with sumptuously embellished ivory outerwear made this collection feel more modern than its long-sleeved high-necked propriety would at first suggest. For men, the ivory and black bandhgalas and jodhpurs [some layered with a hand embroidered stole, others with a metallic rooster] and the black-and-gold red-and-gold lavishly embellished bridal ensembles caught and held the eye. My favourite, though? Mozez, in a chic bandhgala with printed roosters and a single gold rooster! Oh, yes, this one is a head turner!!

 

As lights dimmed, and the couturier was given a standing ovation, it was evident Rohit Bal has a vision for the modern Indian—deep pride in heritage design, textile and embellishment cast in modern, globally relevant silhouettes. The focus — to showcase the versatility of rich heritage design worldwide, in the form of modern Indian silhouettes for bridal, festive and occasion wear. I’m positive, judging by the audience reaction, this collection would be 'sold out' as I pen the review!

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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