Payal Khandwala | Lakmé Fashion Week A/W 2016
Payal Khandwala's collection 'The New Emperor' is very fitting for the fiercely modern bride.
For the power-oozing suits to the full lehengas, the jewel-toned collection has strong metallic accents throughout. The powerful lion motif showed up on the jewellery and brocades used in the collection. It was also refreshing to see the dupatta replaced by her trademark capes.
The collaboration between the two brands was a perfect match for the launch of the maiden bridal collection. Using these as her inspirations, the celebrated designer unveiled "The New Emperor", a show conceptualised to present fierce, fashion, modern hair and makeup looks for the daring New Age Indian bride. Here was a fashion collection dedicated to the bride who is not content playing princess but would rather be king.
Using the lion as the integral motif of the the line, Payal uses the iconic king of the jungle to also bring out courage and bravery as the underlying concept of the outfits. Using her key handwoven, specially developed textiles from Benaras, Payal had the gold thread that illuminated the jewel tones and were reminiscent of the vintage heirlooms.
Layering played an important role in these ensembles where the silhouettes were long and lean and revealed some menswear elements. Soft fabrics like rich raw silk however ensured that the complete look highlighted the message of the New King.
Jewel tones like royal purple were perfect for the regal draped shawl blouse teamed with rust pleated pants. The stylish emerald blazer looked stunning with electric blue embroidered skirt and shirt, while the crinkled cape was the ideal cover for the red embellished lehenga. Bringing more grandeur to the collection, the deep purple poncho worn with the antique gold long skirt presented a commanding impact.
Payal has kept to the core aesthetics of the brand, with lightweight and minimal garments.
Depicting the bold, adventurous, daring woman who embrace opulence with confidence on the most important day of her life.