#ICW2016: Rohit Bal’s Sartorial Brillance
When Rohit Bal decides to showcase his collections, he always gets phenomenal support from industry insiders and fashion-inclined outsiders. To think about it, why wouldn’t anyone come forward to applaud this man’s designs? It’s a vibe you ought to receive for being consistent with creations that are conservative in structure yet avant-garde in approach. Not a feat any and every designer can achieve, that too almost every single time over the years.
This time, Bal went back to a date when the Czars ruled the Slavic states. His collection Kehkashan is his interpretation of the opulence and beauty of the Czarist regime of Russia and was marked by bejewelled headgear on the models, an accessory the Russian monarchs and queens were identified with. At this offsite show, Bal showcased silhouettes that ranged from floor-length anarkalis, jackets, Jodhpuri pants, opulent gowns, intricately-embellished robes, and more. Despite a colour palette that was a noticeable mishmash of white, black and red, in entirety, it looked so well-blended thanks to his use of embellishments and gold zardozi work. The garments that were part of his exhibit were put together using motifs from both flora and fauna, not missing out on his signature peacock and lotus emblems.
With about 25 highly-detailed garments on display, Bal’s Kehkashan seemed like quite an apt end to India Couture Week 2016. As always, he ensured the experience (details, theme, et al) was nothing short of cinematic. Just what you’d want to witness by one of the noted Czars of Indian couture. If you think fandom just got the better of me, well frankly, who isn’t an admirer of his work?