'Style is about personality'

'Style is about personality'

Payal Singhal is  one of the most well-known  names, not only in the world of fashion but also in celebrity circles. Her label, which is known for traditional Indian wear combined with modern aesthetics, is a preferred choice among names like Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.

Her collection was recently exhibited  at the fashion and lifestyle exhibition 'Divalicious', the brainchild of Vanita Bhatia, that was held in the city for the first time. The celebrated designer spoke to Rajitha Menon about her idea of style and her latest collection.

What would be a quintessential Payal Singhal creation?

Something that's fun, fuss free yet high on impact and super comfortable - fashion forward yet a classic.

When did you know that you wanted to be in the fashion industry?

At  the really young age  of 15! I entered a design contest and won against fashion students from across the country. I was only in tenth grade at that time. That's when I truly knew that this was what I always want to do in future.

What is your idea of style?

To me, style is about personality; it goes beyond clothes. It's about an attitude, it's about how we live our lives.

If you could recreate an iconic look by giving it your own twist, what would it be?

I would love to remake the famous orange figure-hugging sari worn by Mumtaz in the movie 'Brahmachari'.  I would love to do it in beautiful handloom silk brocade in a pale rose shade   with a little bit of pearl work on it.

Favourite celebrity muse?

Neha Dhupia and Shibani Dandekar

Tell us about your new collection...

The 'Payal Singhal Festive Collection' has some of our signature printed tunics and indo-western outfits and lehengas. For the heavier wedding wear line, we have embroidered capes with low crotch pants , embroidered jackets and saris and lehengas. The colour  palette is comprised of are pale rose, powder blue, ebony  and black in luxurious fabrics like chanderi, silks and organzas. Intricate Mughal-inspired embroideries with Jaali and zardosi work and mukaish work also can be seen.

Misconceptions that people have about a fashion designer...

That all we do is sketch and attend glamorous fashion shows and parties.  Ninety percent of the time we are in our workshops, working with masters and tailors to get the clothes made.

What garment would you be most uncomfortable in?

Clothes that don't fit properly or are rough on the skin make me the most uncomfortable.

What do you do in your free time?

I love watching movies and reading and spending time with my son.

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