Lakme Fashion Week: Payal Singhal Tells Us About Her New Collection

While summer may seem like a faraway dream in North America, Indian designer Payal Singhal is heating things up with her new Summer Resort 2014 collection.payal singhal lakme fashion week 2014 resort

Payal Singhal shared a few behind-the-scenes photographs and chatted with us about “Lady Sahara,” the French Moroccan-themed Summer Resort collection she will show at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Inspired by Marrakech and Islamic architecture, the collection uses a muted array of colours like sand, grey, rose and cerulean blue, and intricate patterns of Moroccan filigree work are incorporated in detailed embroidery in beaten metallics and graphic prints.

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Left: Models wearing Payal Singhal Resort 2014; Right: Payal Singhal (centre) at a photo shoot for her line.

How did French Moroccan culture inspire this collection?

I just love Moroccan jaali and filigree work and when I read about the period when the French occupied Morocco I started to think about how French and Moroccan culture and craft could be brought together and that’s where I started from.payal singhal lakme fashion week 2014 resort

What is your favourite colour this season?

Pale dust blue.payal singhal lakme fashion week resort 2014

How do you mentally prepare for your show?

I don’t really, I just try to stay organized and be prepared because there is a lot going on at once. I talk myself into being prepared for all kinds of last minute calamities! I write a lot of things to do lists!payal singhal lakme fashion week indian resort 2014

5 must-have items in your bag when at Lakme Fashion Week:

My phone, a kajal pencil, sunglasses, bottle of water, visiting cards.

How do you plan to relax after your show at Lakme this year?

Take a mini break with my husband and son and switch off my phone!

Which celebrities do you envision wearing your new collection?Payal Singhal Lakme Fashion Week Celebrities

Hopefully everyone who wore the last collection. Some of the girls who wore it last season are: Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Yami Gautam, Shraddha Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Tisca Chopra, and Maria Goretti.Payal Singhal Celebrities Sonam kapoor alia bhatt vidy balan neha dhupia

Photographs Courtesy Payal Singhal