This season, Payal Singhal’s ‘Taj’ collection is inspired by the fine detailing and intricate patterns of filigree, jaali work and floral inlays seen in Islamic architecture.
Presented at Mumbai’s Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 shows, the collection is influenced by the interplay between “swadeshi” dress codes and sartorial styles for women set in the backdrop of Mughal India. Payal Singhal combines contemporary urban silhouettes, home woven Indian textiles and exquisite fine design.
Payal explains, “This collection represents an authentic summer bride that exudes elegance and tradition – her style statement is experimental with an edge.”
British Vogue Editor Dolly Jones has described Payal’s work as: “Gorgeous dresses for dressing up in downtown New York with just enough of the genuine Indian magic that designers all over the world try to recreate.”
Jugni Style: What kind of embroidery and fabrics have you used for this collection?
Payal Singhal: This collection include lots of silks, katarva cottons and Benarasi and mul silks. The patterns are embellished with resham, silver and gold taar, pita kora and filigree or jaali work in trellis patterns.
JS: What key trends should we look out for this Spring and Summer?
Payal: High low hemlines, use of natural breathable fabrics and color blocking in Indian clothes.
JS: Do have a muse?
Payal: My muse is a global South Asian woman.
JS: What are the top 3 pieces the cosmopolitan Indian woman should have in her closet?
Payal: A traditional saree, a cotton anarkali, and a white shirt.
JS: What are your current obsessions?
Payal: Low crotch harem pants and high-low hemlines.
JS: When you’re not designing you are…
Payal: Watching TV or surfing the net.
Shop Payal Singhal’s Spring/Resort 2013 collection online at Exclusively.In.
Photography: Payal Singhal and Lakme Fashion Week