Rohit Bal ICW 2016
Rohit Bal • India Couture Week • 2016
A showcase of opulence and grandeur
Connoisseur of luxury fashion wear Rohit Bal's latest collection 'Kehkashaan' displayed a cultural blend of elements from Russia and India leaving guests mesmerised, who happen to be contemporaries - Varun Bahl, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, pleased with every garment that walked out. The offsite show at the newly revamped Bikaner House was in raptures as Bal. Graciously showcased more than 25 heavily embroidered and bejewelled ensembles, featuring silhouettes ranging from floor sweeping anarkalis, majestic lehengas, dramatic robes, ravishing gowns, elegant Jodhpuri pants and jackets.
'Kehkashan' means the highest place in the galaxy. Rohit Bal is completely taken by the Russian aristocracy and the decadence of the Czars. It so happened he was also obsessed with the Netflix series, Tudors.
"I wanted to bring in the opulence, my love for Kashmir, the madness of King Henry the VIII, the galaxy; I wanted all of it to come together in this collection."
- Rohit Bal
The designer was particularly calm before the show, almost as though he was sure of what he was presenting to a tempered audience that is known to fawn over his designs. Florals blending into baroque trellises, signature pleating, long jackets worn over skirts and persistent colour palette of blacks, whites and reds. Not much changes at the house of Rohit Bal, least of all the resounding applause at the end of the show.