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Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016: Payal Singhal

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When it comes to bridal and festive wear, there really can be no substitute to classic pieces. Sartorial creations that depict an elegant timelessness always find their way straight to my heart! And that’s exactly what designer Payal Singhal’s collection on Day 3 of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 captured. Titled ‘Pakizah’, the beautiful line comprising traditional Indian silhouettes aptly modernised to suit the taste of the millennial Indian woman was both, chic and flaunted the right dose of glamour. Neither OTT, nor drab.


Minimalist patterns and clean-cut lines dominated the ethereal collection. While the use of silk and raw silk added the right hint of glitz, the elements of quirk were succinctly reflected in the flared lehengas, scallop and asymmetric hems, plunging necklines, and mod dhotis. Although inspired by Islamic art and architecture, Singhal decided to forego the ornate element traditionally associated with this art form, when it came to designing her outfits. Simplicity was the beckoning factor and while a lot of the pieces can easily be worn as separates, what really caught our attention was the designer’s innate ability to merge contemporary with classic–whether it was the cold shoulder kurti or the funky, slouchy dhoti paired with a fitted blouse.

black & gold

The colour palette ranged from pastels to the the more conventional festive combination of black and gold. We especially loved the designer’s penchant with monochrome. Perfect for a bridal cocktail or that extravagant Diwali bash, Singhal’s LFW collection is wearable and perfectly built for the upcoming festive season.

Indian drape

True to Fashion Week style, the designer had a Bollywood showstopper. Debutante Saiyami Kher cast opposite Anil Kapoor’s son, Harshvardhan, in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s epic romance Mirzya, closed the show rather gracefully in a pastel off-shoulder fitted blouse and lehenga. She owned the runway and was quite the stunner, we must admit!


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