Preview: Payal Singhal’s LFW Winter Festive 2016 Collection
The designer known for her feminine bridal wear discusses her latest collection driven by simplicity and purity — of thought, of design and of technique.
What was on your mood board?
“The collection is inspired by the purity of design. On my mood board were pictures of raw Satwario marble, samples of leaves, old Persian costumes, scalloped hemlines and furniture with gold metal accents.”
What are some of the techniques that went into the making of the collection?
“We have used a lot of mukaish work in this collection which is predominantly done in Lucknow. It’s a technique where you pierce the fabric with a metallic flat golden material and make patterns with it. We have used it with a mix of pearl and pita work to create vintage-looking embroidery.”
What made you turn to simplicity as a theme? What is the significance of the name ‘Pakizah’?
“I think the socio-economic environment dictates what people want to wear, because what we wear is a direct reflection of how we feel. Everyone wants a more pure and simple life now. The focus is on experiences versus possessions. I wanted to try a clean, minimal and simple approach to Indian occasion wear. ‘Pakizah’ means ‘pure’ — it symbolises that this collection stays true to basic design concepts. We have used a soft, natural palette, homegrown fabrics and gone back to basic silhouettes.”
Below she shares a sketch of looks from her upcoming collection:
Here is a sneak peek from the fittings for the show: