India has become an inspiration for designers across the globe Kunal Rawal

By Shubha Dubey
    Mumbai, Feb 16 (PTI) Indian textiles and craftsmanship have become global favourites, believes fashion designer Kunal Rawal.
    The couturier, who is a go-to-person for Bollywood's male brigade, said Indian cuts are making their way to the international ramp, thereby opening doors for homegrown labels to expand their market.
    "Our products are crossing boundaries. Like my label, we have clients all across the globe as men internationally are opening up to experimentation. The design aesthetics are not bound by a region.
    “I perceive my work not as an Indian designer label, retailing only in India, as one of the biggest trends today is cross-cultural influences," Rawal told PTI in an interview on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020.
    The designer believes it is the most exciting time to be in the fashion industry as global market is now accepting towards Indian sensibilities.
    "Whether it's the arts and crafts, whether it's the manufacturing, international designers do all their textures over here. Like 'sherwani' has got multiple updates on western runways, and kurtas have taken the shape of long shirts.
    "India has been very much a source of inspiration for a lot of the designers all over the world. It's really exciting to see our labels do well. This has happened a lot in the past, but with western designs. But now, people are focusing on what India has to offer," he said.
    For Rawal who got into fashion for the love of textiles, it was always about experimenting with fabrics, and with his latest collection 'Rousing', the designer has taken it a notch higher by using the technique of photosensitivity.
    The concept, he said, would make his clients enjoy two different looks in one outfit as the fabric changes colour on exposure to sun.
    "I've been lucky enough to be able to create, tweak and manipulate my fabrics, which is a big aspect of the garment. I love the surprise factor. It's that fun quotient that I personally enjoy a lot but I also keep a check on the viability of the garment. I'm really happy with how we're putting this concept out as you literally get two outfits in one," he added.
    The collection, inspired by Mumbai, is all about functionality and versatility. For the first time, Rawal has presented metal detailing in traditional wear and combined digital prints with embroidery.
    Rawal showcased his collection on the last day of the LFW against the backdrop of Bandra Sea Link. Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal was the showstopper. PTI SHD RDS

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