Wow is the first word that comes to mind as one takes a look at the Rohit Bal collection. Day 4 of Amazon India Fashion Week brought a regal, unforgettable soirée. We saw Rohit Bal’s Autumn Winter 2015 couture collection. And the couturier did not disappoint.
Titled ‘Husn-e-Taa’iraat’, the latest collection was every bit Rohit Bal as you would expect – speaking of Indian royalty and grandeur, elaborate, celebratory of the Indian tradition and beauty. If there’s any couture collection that’s more of all these traits, this is it – something an elegant lady would wear. Not necessarily modern, but resting its inspiration in the tradition of opulence.
The most striking part of the Rohit Bal collection was the abundant use of traditional Kashmiri embroidery, featuring floral and bird motifs – caught in flight, next to vines and branches, reminiscent of gardens. The silhouettes included men’s sherwanis, and women’s anarkali gowns (seems like those are not going out of fashion any time soon) paired with floor-touching jackets, both flared and straight-cut.
The looks were accessorized with heavy headdresses – layered chain headpieces, and some had dozens of fabric-roses all clumped together on one side of the hair, sometimes around the wrists and neck too – as if it were the rose version of Elizabethian neck and wrist ruff. The best part was the glorious color palette – crisp and simple. It consisted of whites, creams, champagne, black and cherry red – with multi-colored embroideries – mostly in red, fuchsia, green and gold.
If there is any concern that I have, it is regarding the wearability of these clothes that use heavy fabrics like brocade and velvet in the hot Indian climates, especially the wedding season that usually does not occur in the middle of winters. Perhaps these are designed to cater to Rohit Bal’s NRI clientele. Or perhaps we can, for once, wear uncomfortable couture that makes us sweat as long as it is breathtaking and stunning. For It-Girl Blair Waldorf famously said in Gossip Girl, “Fashion knows not of comfort!”