LFW 2017: Metal Fringe, Sheer And Shimmer Take Centre Stage At Payal Singhal
Payal Singhal might not have joined the league of say a Manish Malhotra or a Sabyasachi, but the designer sure has carved her niche in both the fashion and Bollywood industries with her own blend of modernity, tradition and functionality. So it came as no surprise to us that hers was houseful show with celebrity guests crammed together in the front row at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 as the designer presented her latest collection, ‘Lady M,’ that’s as much inspired by dark mysteries as it is by the glitter and glam of the 30s, which Singhal has successfully managed to bring out through her line-up of 40 gorgeous ensembles.
Turning showstopper for Payal was Happy Bhaag Jayegi actress, Diana Penty, who worked a beautiful creation by the designer incorporating the two dominant trends of the season and of Payal’s collection… sheer and shimmer. Diana sported a heavily embroidered, ash-grey lehenga teamed up with a mukaish-encrusted kaftan.
Choosing an era as an inspiration and then giving elements from that era a contemporary spin so as to maintain the zeitgeist of the period while also ensuring the designs are very “here” and “now” is no easy feat. But with her models decked with side swept deep out-curls, bold lips and languid silhouettes, Payal managed to resurrect the glamorous charm of the 30s. Sticking to shades of blue, brown and greys with a few burgundies peaches also making an appearance, Payal brought forth an interesting line-up of elegant garments like lehengas, tunics, kurtis, sarees, etc. But as is expected from the label, these traditional garments were tweaked with modern elements. So the lehenga got teamed up with a cropped cape choli, the saree was draped with a spaghetti blouse and the kameez saw a see-through mesh front panel. Singhal’s clean-cut garments were adorned with Art Deco patterns and floral motifs crafted using metallic thread embroidery in addition to the mukaish and pitta work that make an appearance in several pieces. One detail, in particular, that was hard to miss throughout the collection was the metallic fringe that was used not just as a hem embellishment but replaced embroideries in whole garments like lehengas and saree blouses at times.
Apart from the intricate embroidery that we’ve come to expect from a Payal Singhal, the collection witnessed ample use of shimmer and sheer; the later becoming a major rage this season, as was predicted by Anita Dongre in a quick conversation with us prior to LFW.
We were definitely confused between Diana Penty’s ash grey lehenga and another blue lehenga in a similar style. In end, however, we went in with the deep blue, gold embroidered lehenga that was teamed up with a shimmer blue kaftan top merely for the beautiful deep blue and gold contrast it offers.
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani