The Art Of Fashion
Designer Payal Khandwala, who released her self-titled fashion label in 2012, will open her first shop on Thursday, October 16. The 1,600 square foot area in Colaba's art gallery-filled Grants Building is split into a store and also a studio where Khandwala and also her team will certainly work and also where she will certainly paint. While she's currently more popular as a designer who makes abundant garments in vibrant colours, forty-year-old Khandwala started her job as a musician. We interviewed the designer over email concerning her transition from art to fashion, her brand-new shop and exactly how she suches as to use a sari as well as white t-shirt. Modified excerpts:
Why did you relocate from art to style?
I assume the seeds had been sown a long time earlier. My mother made use of to stitch my garments and also my grandmother hers, plus both painted very well however were never ever trained in either. Additionally, I examined style at SNDT (College) several years ago, before I leapt ship to art with a Bachelor in Arts and Illustration from the Parsons College for Layout, New York. And afterwards simply overnight a chance developed to reveal at Lakme Fashion Week in 2012. I agreed and also it expanded from there!
There are a lot of abundant colours in your collection yet no prints. Will we see something brand-new at the store?
Yes, we've dealt with and also developed prints, a first for the tag. We maintained them really easy, geometric and dramatic-- an expansion of your house aesthetic as well as easy to team with our signature divides. We also have a line of minimal edition clothing, our timeless shapes yet in rich hand-woven silks and brocades, which we will equip only at the shop.
Your collection stands out for comfortable silhouettes and ethnic materials and also style. Is this your personal design?
Yes. It all began due to the fact that I could never ever fairly locate the appropriate combination of things I desired in garments-- comfort, colour, proportions, drama. Something was always missing. Now I'm extra conscious of what I design, remembering what other women desire-- different sizes and shapes within our design DNA. I love the dichotomy in things so I find fabrics that we credit to India work completely in western shapes.
Exactly how have you made your store?
The store also houses our workshop and a location where I will certainly paint, so in time my art work will certainly more than likely spill right into the room. Along with this, I'm working on a mural that will certainly alter as well as expand as time goes by. I made the store area to be the reverse of the workshop area, to echo that push and pull that I hope the clothing connects, the manly organized shapes with the lavish gem tones, the drapes and pleats. And also because I developed the area and the clothes I assume there's a harmony between both.
What's your favourite contemporary technique of wearing a sari?
I do not such as messing with the sari too much; I think it's finest in its initial type. I like it belted sometimes and also pleated flat as well as ironed for even more structure if I remain in that type of a mood. Or else simply a stunning males's t-shirt in white or in any kind of colour (used as a shirt) can do the technique!