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There’s a reason why Rohit Bal closes more fashion weeks than any other designer in India. More than just a talented couturier, Bal is almost unmatched in his ability to put on a show.
The designer set the scene for his grand finale against the backdrop of the historic Qutub Minar in Delhi to evoke the grandeur of the Mughal courts of India. Live Sufi musicians greeted guests while models walked an expansive, candelabra lit runway to the soulful melodies of classical vocalist, Shubha Mugdal.
The collection called “Gulbagh” which means “garden of flowers” was an ode to the lush gardens of Bal’s native Kashmir and was rich in floral motifs. The fabrics, in creamy ivory and jewel tones, ranged from fine handlooms like chanderi, mulmul, silk and voile along with additions of velvet. Techniques like hand-block printing, gold leaf embossing, brocades, fine thread work in metal and silk like tilla and resham were predominant in the collection. Although, this was a ready-to-wear collection you wouldn’t know it from the level of detail and craftsmanship which was on par with many designers’ couture collections. Bal is a designer who doesn’t hold back his creativity yet does it in such a restrained way that it’s easy to forget how difficult that balance is to achieve. In summary, it was an absolutely stunning collection! Let us know if you agree in the comments below.