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Slim pants, loose trousers, Lakme gets close

HE DESIGNED pleather for Pamela Anderson and khadi for Khadi Gram Udyog; Anna Kournikova modelled for him and Time magazine profiled him as India's master of fashion and fantasy. The designer, who loves to model for his collection - Rohit Bal is undertaking an Asian journey this Lakme India Fashion Week with his all-men collection Asian Nomad under his Balance label. "This time the inspiration is trans-Asian ranging from Central Asian influence of Turkey and Uzbekistan to the sublime Far Eastern style," says Rohit. Elaborating his romance with the wanderer, he apprises, "We are using lots of oriental craft as crochet, appliqué, random patchwork and techniques of ikat on pure organic fabric as linen, makhmal and khadi. There is a fair sprinkling of Turkish embellishments, beads, seashell buttons and pearls."

The multi-cultural landscape is exemplified in the form of kurtas, shirts, jackets and trousers with colour palette starting from ivory sand and peaking at bright red. He feels that this time the week will be more serious and business oriented but as far as the trend for the season is concerned Rohit maintains that slim pants should be in vogue but not at the cost of loose trousers as there is market for both. "I hope to see a lot of styling, layering and Kimono cuts this time." Looking towards the Western market as he feels that his label already has a strong presence in India, Rohit has tied up with Metro shoes to design a shoe collection for them. "Corporate tie ups are the need of the business. I am in the midst of talks with a lot of companies to design from watches to wardrobes."

The man who sets the trend every season admits that mix and match is going to stay in this country. But for the time being he is mix matching his careers with a cameo in "Boom".

Meanwhile, this is certain that crystals and diamonds are going to be the disposition of the dresses irrespective of the labels this week. Swarovski International Components in partnership with JJ Valaya, Tarun Tahiliani, Rocky S, Satya Paul and Manish Arora is ready to sparkle the ramp. While Valaya is using the innovative crystal fabric, Tarun is adding Nizam's asthetics to his collection through crystal body art with crystal motifs developed by Swarovski.

Get ready to be dazzled by shimmering rocks. Outfits can wait...


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