A sea of ivory, gold and white, punctuated by bright orange and pink sherwanis and turbans. Rohit Bal has our attention.
As we sift through all the photographs from India Couture Week 2014, one show stands out amongst the rest, and that is the understated yet bold collection by Rohit Bal. Presented as a media preview rather than a runway show, the focus was on a carefully thought out collection showcased on select models who could pull off Rohit Bal’s vision.
Trends for Women: The coming season is all about ivory and gold. Bandhgala (high-necked) anarkali gowns, long-sleeved, flared duster coats worn over anarkalis and lehengas, and capes paired with silk saris. We are all over the capes-worn-with-saris look, but the concept is elevated with Rohit Bal’s tailoring, choice of minimal delicate embroidery, and Benarasi silk and brocade fabrics.
Trends for Men: Bright orange, red and pink brocade achkans, ivory sherwanis worn over ivory frock-style kurtas (we’re crazy about this trend in menswear). Go bright or go home.
Colours: Ivory and gold. Brilliant bright pink, purple and orange for menswear.
Styling: For men, think Jaipur prince. Bright shawls worn across the body. Raid your mom, sister or girlfriend jewellery box and experiment with kundan and pearl necklaces and turban pins. For women, minimal makeup. A touch of kohl and mascara on the eyes, a nude, slightly pink lip and hair pulled back into a low bun. The focus is on the kundan and pearl jewellery. Wear a pyaasa on your head, and a layered pearl necklace.