Set for the season

Set for the season

Payal Khandwala was always inclined towards art and painting, but due to the lack of having nothing interesting in her wardrobe, one day she took it up as a challenge to design her own clothes. Little did she expect to be featured in Lakme Fashion Week and turn into a well-known brand.

“I hold a fashion and arts degree, and I have my mother and grandmother to thank
for passing down the talent. They would both stitch clothes and paint, and that has
been passed on to me. My six-year-old daughter also helps me with my work. She’s always there to tell me what’s good and bad,” says Payal.

Her daughter hopes to own Payal’s entire wardrobe one day. As a painter, colour and structure have always been the centre of her storytelling. Much like her art, the prism with which she sees fashion is distinctive.

She explains, “I like to keep it simple with my designs. I’m inspired by everything around me — the textiles, travel, architecture and other artists — but the key focus for my designs are the colour and proportion. It’s important for me to bring out the emotions in a person with colour and be able to use simple geometry, draping and pleating to manipulate the proportion.”

Her background in fine arts and fashion coupled with her cultural influences growing
up in Mumbai, schooling at Parsons, New York and in Barcelona gives her an inimitable perspective.

Her sensibility intuitively marries all these references to create aesthetics that are
global but with an inherently Indian soul.She believes as long as one can understand her philosophy of clothes, they’ll be able to connect to her audience. Payal’s work is relaxed, timeless and simple.

Immersed in our rich legacy of colour, she wants to embrace a modern touch with the designs. She further drapes, twists, loops, pleats and tucks to sculpt the clothing around the body.

She describes her autumn/winter collection as “something that’s comfortable and stylish with a traditional and modern touch to it”.

She further explains, “I want people to be able to relate to the clothes as something they can buy for their wardrobe needs — from dinners to picking up your child from school to big fat Indian weddings. The designs are in such a way that you can wear them again for other occasions.”

With thoughtful and comfortable separates, Payal’s new collection rediscovers the elegant, old world charm of India but in an entirely modern context.  And although at its core, the house aesthetic is rooted in tradition, they break free from its predictable cultural references. When asked about her goals, she says, “I want to be able to transcend geographical boundaries and be able to represent our country on a global level.”

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