'Every designer has a wedding collection'

'Every designer has a wedding collection'

Arjun Khanna’s name is synonymous with avant-garde designs. His all-men’s fashion line has caught the attention of many, but he admits that he still has a lot to learn.

The chic designer was in the City for a fashion event and says that he is impressed with what he saw. Fashion was always his first priority and he is quite happy with his journey so far.

“I went outside the country to study fashion and art as there were hardly any design schools in India that time. I always wanted to focus on mens’ wear as there are not many designer who focus on that. I believe that I am learning everyday and it never stops. I learn from every fashion show and everything that I create,” he notes.

Fashion in the country is hugely inspired by grand weddings and Arjun explains that it is but natural for designers to prefer wedding collections. “Weddings are huge for us. It is while designing for weddings that we make use of the vivid craftsmanship that the country has to offer. The colours and cuts used during these occasions are grand. They benefit us economically as well and are an important aspect of fashion. Every designer has a wedding collection,” he says.

The designer adds that the Indian fashion industry has a lot to learn when it comes to organising fashion shows similar to the standards of the Milan, New York or London fashion weeks. “We still have a long way to go. We are nowhere close to leading fashion shows of the world. However, we are at par when it comes to tailoring. In fact, I have had people coming to me and telling me that they are not happy with the way their clothes have been stitched by a leading clothing brand, and wanted me to work on it. If we put in a little more effort, we will excel. I have shown many of my collections abroad and they have loved it,” he says.

Talking about Bangalore, he says that though he hasn’t seen much of the City yet, he feels that people here are quite fashionable. Ask him about his designs and he explains that he makes use of the rich fabrics, colours and work that is present in every nook and corner of the country.

 “I use different cuts and fabrics to make my clothes interesting. My collection also has a splash of colours from different palettes. I use ethnic patterns and silks to add a tinge of royalty to my collection. My collection has clothes which can go on to become heirloom pieces. Even a simple bundhgala can become really interesting if designed well and embellished with style. I believe in making garments that are timeless and classy,” says Arjun.

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